As the election chaos continues, two men from the past continue to play an important part in the political life and future of Haiti.
September 22 has an important place in Duvalier history and could be the start of another period in which Jean-Claude Duvalier influences the outcome of the electoral process and the path along which Haiti will progress, away from the January 12 earthquake disaster.
This would require a move by Duvalier that he has resisted, in the past. Since he is not a candidate in this presidential election, he must carefully chose an existing candidate and voice his views to the people of Haiti. With Duvalier’s spoken support, a candidate can win the election, an election in which the people place little faith.
With Duvalier’s participation, the vast majority of Haiti’s 9,000,000 just might take the process seriously. To date, they have seen the foreigner meddling in their affairs, refusing to give them what they want.
The people would like Duvalier back.
They loved his father and they love him – contrary to the images created by a creative media, over the years.
Wake up and smell the roses.
Go out and get honest answers from the Haitian majority.
Duvalier remains popular.
And do not write off Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Aristide retains a wide base throughout Haiti and he cultivates this base, day-to-day, hour-to-hour and minute-to-minute. Aristide is on the phone to a wide range of people from his base.
If Aristide really cares about his people, and I believe he does, Aristide must, without his usual comments that can be interpreted in ten different ways, come out and support one of the candidates – NOW! We are sliding towards the abyss and this is the time for creative action.
Two men, in different parts of the world.
Each contributed to the nation.
Each made mistakes.
Now, today, and on into the future, each of these ex-presidents could play an important and positive role in salvaging Haiti from the disastrous, criminally incompetent situation into which the Preval and his MINUSTAH partners have placed Haiti.