This cartoon got published in some newspapers around Latin America nine days after the Haiti earthquake struck that country on the 12th of January, 2010
"It must be so they won't go out of character."
(The cartoonist, Alfredo Martirena Hernández, was born in 1965 in Santa Clara, Cuba, and it was first published by Rebelión on 21 January 2010.)
Cuba? "We sent doctors, not soldiers!" - Fidel Castro (24 January, 2010)
It's important to realize that a bit of what Castro spoke about twelve days into the quake response in Haiti actually contains some kernel of truth and sheds a bit of light on what most Americans are either ignorant of or refuse to acknowledge. Now readers here don't have to take my word on it; you can also feel quite free to ignore whatever Castro says anytime you wish!
However, as I explained to another friend, Barry (who was questioning my sincerity as a conversation partner because I cited, above, the quote/article authored by Fidel Castro without comment) it is quite another thing though to ignore the assessments of well-known journalists like the following - who, by the way, are not Castro sympathizers - but who experienced and reported some of the same things FIRSTHAND, and which I took the time to read or listen to:
Here is an excerpt from the beginning of an very important and informative article by the prominent editorial page cartoonist and journalist Ted Rall, putting the situation in Haiti into historical context. (
It's quite difficult for thoughtful readers to ignore what the prominent Jamaican journalist, John Maxwell, wrote, as well.
And here's a fairly comprehensive historical perspective about American control of Haiti, written by Michel Chossudovsky.
Earthquakes alone do not create disasters of the scale now experienced in Haiti. The wealthy nations have for too long exploited Haiti, denying it the right to develop in a secure, sovereign, sustainable way. The global outpouring of support for Haitians must be matched by long-term, unrestricted grants of aid, and immediate forgiveness of all that country’s debt. Given their role in Haiti’s plight, the United States, France and other industrialized nations should be the ones seeking forgiveness."
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