Yesterday, Haiti lost a friend with the departure of Jean-Claude Duvalier. His death has brought on a flood of news articles that draw on a flawed image of the Haitian President. These draw from a massive history of propaganda against his term as president.
With this in mind, I will offer one quote, made by American Ambassador Ernest Preeg (1980 – 1983) in his monograph on the Caribbean Basin Initiative. Preeg wrote:
“It can honestly be stated that the Jean-Claude Duvalier Presidency is the longest period of violence-free stability in the nation’s history.”
This says it all.
He was our friend.
He was a friend of the Haitian people.
We will miss him