This is a good illustration of how the left has abandoned all pretense of rationality. Marchers have taken to the streets in both Washington and New York to blame whatever has gone wrong in Haiti on President Bush, who has become, for the Democrats, the universal source of all evil in the world.
In the photo below, marchers in New York allege that President Aristide was “kidnapped” and that “Haiti’s Blood is on Bush’s Hands.”
Haiti’s blood is on the President’s hands, presumably, because Bush waited too long to intervene, and should have helped Aristide by sending Marines to fight the rebels. Well, that makes a certain amount of sense if your concern is mostly about preserving Aristide’s government, not about American interests. But wait–the third sign says “U.S. and French Troops Out of Haiti.” If we took our troops out of Haiti, the rebels would be unopposed and would slaughter Aristide’s allies and Aristide himself, should he try to return. Hard to discern a coherent policy there.
The Washington demonstrators make no more sense:
One sign says, “George Bush, Kidnaper of Democracy and Aristide.” Actually, it was Aristide that kidnapped democracy in Haiti, and the claim that Bush “kidnapped” Aristide is pathetic. Saved Aristide’s life from machete-wielding marauders, is what he did. And “U.S. Out of Haiti.” Well, that makes sense if you want Haiti to return to rule by Machete and lynch mob. But for protesters who keep talking about democracy, it’s a little hard to see how “U.S. Out” fits the bill.
But denouncing President Bush doesn’t have to be logical; it’s an end in itself. These protesters aren’t pro-Aristide, pro-Haiti or pro-democracy; they’re just anti-Bush. And giving newspapers anti-Bush headlines and photo opportunities is their only purpose.
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