Saving Haiti from Its Current Leaders / by Joel Deeb, originally published on Nov. 18, 2009

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Note from  We have decided to revisit the article below penned by our CEO Joel Deeb, as it was published on November 18, 2009.  We trust that our readers will find it pertinent to Haiti’s current political chaos, and see in it an opportunity to reflect on our duty to build Haiti as a free society, with great institutions of liberty, the rule of law, and a performing market economy in which everyone can work to become better off.  At the time the article was written, really believed that a well-motivated former President of the United States would have been instrumental in helping our nation develop ties with investors so that durable jobs could be created to uplift individual Haitians poverty reduction and wealth creation.  Of course, we know better now, as there is no better professor than experience.  Please, read on.

Parnell Duverger, Economist



Saving Haiti from Its Current Leaders



Joel Deeb – Chairman, Omega NewsNovember 18, 2009

In spite of an increased and quite effective interdiction campaign by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Immigration and Citizenship agents, boatloads of them still make it to the shores of Florida, a first step in their bid to seek political asylum in the United States. They are a new generation of would-be refugees from Haiti and for most of them, nowadays, it will be determined that they are economic migrants, not political refugees, and their unfavorable asylum hearings will condemn them to the ghostly life of illegal aliens, doing very menial and often unsavory work under the radar for very little cash money, while straining further and dangerously the social infrastructures of America’s cities and states.

A Threat to Regional Peace and Hemispheric Security

With the notable exceptions of Castro’s Cuba and Chavez’ Venezuela, totally absent from the considerations of asylum seekers from Haiti, other countries in our hemisphere, those closer to Haiti particularly – Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic, for example – are also feeling the pinch most severely, as they struggle to deal with what several member countries of CARICOM characterize as a “shameful and unbearable Haitian problem” that threatens the sovereignty, the national security and the national economy of their nations.

Indeed, within those countries with a large and increasing number of uninvited Haitian guests, tensions are mounting to levels dangerously high between the local populations, their representative governments and their established communities of Haitians that, too often, unlawfully harbor in their midst their illegal aliens from Haiti. From the Haitian motherland and in Haitian communities abroad, accusations of humiliation and mistreatment are quick to follow, as foreign officials act to preserve their countries’ self-interests, raising tensions even higher between normally peaceful nations. Clearly, Haiti’s continued exports of its poor, often sick and largely unskilled job seekers, is a threat to the peace and stability of the Caribbean region, and raises significant security challenges for our hemisphere.

It’s the Economy, Stupid!

To put it squarely, the roots of the Haitian international migration problem lie in the incompetence and singularly brutal when not unnecessarily lethal violence of self-appointed political and other leaders who specialize in stealing elections and engineering economic monopolies, to guarantee their continued control of Haiti’s very scarce economic resources for their own personal benefits, for their immediate families and cronies.

Since the neo-communist theologians of liberation seized power in Haiti through a self-proclaimed electoral victory, they have managed to remain in power for almost 20 years now, through electoral schemes mixed with a political violence that, disguised as the work of common criminals, is so brutal and ugly that ordinary Haitians are more terrorized than they have ever been in their country’s long and turbulent history of political dictatorship and violence, while even mighty foreign powers known normally for their commitment and support of freedom, and representative democracy, have been neutralized and cornered into an indecision and incapacity to act, both transparent in the platitudes of their diplomatic pronouncements.

Meanwhile, unwilling to use the basic lessons of capitalism to foster the proper environment a market economy needs to create jobs and economic wealth, the leaders of Haiti resort to political murders at home by unleashing cohorts of kidnappers and assassins on a defenseless population left with only one viable option for survival, i.e. to vote with their feet in order to escape the hellish conditions imposed upon them. On the international level, the leaders of Haiti have decided to exports their poor and discontent job seekers to neighboring countries from which remittances can be delivered to the massive number of unemployed still trying to remain alive in that living hell that still calls itself a country.

With their indecent courtship of dictators like Chavez, Castro and Iran’s Ahmadinejad, what exactly are the leaders of Haiti trying to achieve? Why has the president of Haiti decided to exchange ambassadors with Iran, at a time when the international community is trying hard to contain the nuclear ambitions and provocative discourse of that country’s leader who openly calls for the destruction of a nation that holds membership in the United Nations? .Why would the current leaders of Haiti act to sabotage the mission in Haiti, of Mr. Bill Clinton, former president of the United States? Why not create the conditions for social peace, political stability and job creation in Haiti?

Bill Clinton, Job Creation and a Hopeful Future for Haiti

The massive creation of productive jobs and the parallel development of modern economic and social infrastructures are the first steps toward a healthy Haiti that is no longer a threat to the peace and stability of its neighboring countries. Through his network of friends and his deep knowledge of how the international economy works, former U.S. president Bill Clinton can generate good will for Haiti, and brings sorely needed investors and jobs. But, if as foreign investors do actually come to Haiti, they are met with the kidnappings of their associates for ransom and the senseless murder of business entrepreneurs, in broad daylight, as was the case with Mr. Jean Bernard Faubert last week, it will be decades before anyone with common sense become interested in Haiti again.

Indeed, if Bill Clinton can help bring the massive number of jobs Haiti needs, every Haitian, for the love of country and out of self-interest, should support his mission. By the same token, if we, Haitians, especially we, Haitian-Americans, allow the current leaders of Haiti to maintain a climate of insecurity and political instability that sabotages the former American president’s efforts to bring jobs and economic prosperity to our brothers and sisters in Haiti, we will have failed not just the latter, but our forefathers also who died so former slaves could be free and prosperous in an independent Haiti.

As a Haitian-American, I say no more pseudo-democracy, insecurity, political instability and political murders in Haiti, that will torpedo the country’s best chances to create jobs and economic prosperity that keep Haitians at home, where they would prefer to live.  I say: let’s get rid of the bandits who call themselves leaders of a government that reminds one of Graham Greene’s “The Comedians.”

Joel Deeb,  Chairman & CEO Omega News  202-210-9276

November 18, 2009


Haitian-American Joel Ramphis Deeb is a Professional Political Consultant with over 20 years experience providing sound analysis, interpretation, problem solving skills land public policy recommendations for solving various political problems that affect national security, public safety and the effectiveness of government, Chairman and CEO, Omega  Analyst, Strategic Studies / Counter Terrorism Action Plan, Latin America 1980 – Present. Congressman Gilman’s Remarks at Haiti Conference Today at Washington Convention Center :, Finding the Path to Redevelopment Before the 40th Annual Congresssional Black Caucus Legislative Committee
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