The U.N. isn’t Haiti’s biggest problem

Haitian national police officers watch residents protesting in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Feb. 15 to demand the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti to pay for the cholera outbreak in 2010. (Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters)
April 21 at 6:03 PM

The Post was right to stress in the April 17 editorial “The U.N.’s debt to Haiti” the dishonor brought to the U.N. mission in Haiti by its careless introduction of cholera and reported sexual abuse. Yet the ravaging of the Haitian people has been done not primarily by the United Nations, but by the Haitian political class whose childish infighting and coup-plotting has made Haiti too risky for economic development.

Highly disruptive presidential overthrows were common before the United Nations’ arrival and have been prevented by its presence. The mission’s end, cholera guilt notwithstanding, will expose Haiti to the ambitious spoilers who deride electoral results and have the armed gangs to back up their words.

The editorial might have better called for a sound spanking of the U.N. mission, along with a renewal of its mandate for another year.


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