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US not to blame for Haiti poverty

While sympathising with the unfortunate people of Haiti I cannot agree with those bleeding heart commentators who blame the sad state of the poorest state in the western hemisphere on the United States.

Haiti was once a rich French colony but is now a failed state with its economy in ruins. The US did not invent Papa Doc Duvalier, his son Baby Doc and their Tontons Macoute (paramilitary forces) who terrorised and misruled Haiti for many years. They were native, born and bred.

The other part of the island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic, is rich and prosperous in comparison. Can anybody care to explain the difference?

Durban, South Africa

Irish Independent