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26741: Boswell: (reply) Re: 26721: Morse (more comments) re: Wharram (commentary) Undermining Haiti (fwd)
From: Richard A. Boswell <email@example.com>
Is there not a place for a more even-handed criticism? While excuses can or
should be made for corruption under the Aristide government, I do not think
that this paints the entire picture. Similarly, the fact that there was
corruption does not justify a coup. Nor does corruption and bungling that
might have given provided fuel to the effort to illegally remove the Aristide
government, or the gross human rights violations that are occurring at this
I will also freely criticize the Castro government for its violations of human
rights and acknowledge that freedom of speech is severely limited. But this
does not mean that Castro has not done some very positive things in Cuba.
While it is very easy to try to paint things without using the full range of
colors in the spectrum, to do so only brings out the defects in the image
I do not mean to convey the impression that there are not those situations
where one can say that something is flat out bad/wrong. e.g. Castro's
execution of a drug trafficker some years ago, or torture in the prisons or
torture carried out by the U.S. government, and a host of wrongs that are
carried out daily in other places including Haiti.
I have a hard time believing the mathematical calculation presented by
Oloffsonram below. Truth can hardly be presented in such simple terms. To do
so denigrates the suffering of those whose lives which have been snuffed out by
the "opposition." And to say that someone deserves the suffering that they
experience when it includes violence and killing is in mind wrong.