Rebuilding an Army… but at what cost?
Last week we learned how Haiti’s plan for a reinstated army hinges on the support of international community. In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek editorial, Amy Wilentz – author of “The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier – questions the need for a Haitian army, especially to the tune of $95 million:
“At best, Martelly’s priorities are confused. At worst, they are ominous. He is proposing to spend a lot of money on a militia that Haiti doesn’t need when the country is still in shambles because of the 2010 earthquake. Worse, he is reconstituting an institution that was used, from the 1950s onwards, almost exclusively as a tool of oppression…”
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