Sunday, February 29, 2004

Claims that Aristide Was Taken

Truth is always the first casualty in these situations, but the Australian press is reporting that one man claims US troops forced Aristide from his home.

HAITIAN leader Jean Bertrand Aristide was taken away from his home by US soldiers, it was claimed today.

A man who said he was a caretaker for the now exiled president told France's RTL radio station the troops forced Aristide out.

"The American army came to take him away at two in the morning," the man said.

"The Americans forced him out with weapons.

"It was American soldiers. They came with a helicopter and they took the security guards.

Take all the reporting on Haiti with many grains of salt...

...just one more comment. I've been scouring the news reports looking for information, and I'm just totally puzzled by the lack of mention of bodies and bloodshed. We have armed rebels moving through the country, but there's scant mention of actual violence. It's weird.