Sunday 22 April 2018

Eoghan Harris: Haiti shows where aid ranks in order of things

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

HAITI hammers home an old lesson. Order is the rock on which human society rests. Without order, the strong eat and the weak starve. Hence Haiti needs a strong governing group as much as it needs food.

That is why we should support John O'Shea of Goal. Last week he said Haiti posed a problem so huge it cannot be solved by current civilian structures. O'Shea says it needs a military structure. The United States, backed by the United Nations, is best fitted for that task.

Aid agencies alone are not an answer. Even before the earthquake there were some 10,000 voluntary organisations in Haiti -- that is one for every 800 Haitians -- but they made little impact. The Haitian government simply can't cope with this crisis. Hauling Haiti out of hell means accepting that self-government is not the same as good government.

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