Harming the poor of Haiti
: As anyone who regularly reads this blog knows, I intensely dislike the words ‘moral’ and ‘immoral.’ They’re slung around too much by too many people who see the world in black and white and who seem more intent on making a moral statement about themselves. In this case, though, I think the Harvard Medical School's doctors' use of the word ‘immoral’
to describe the U.S. embargo against Haiti is accurate enough. What? You didn’t know we had an embargo against Haiti? You know, Haiti -- that well-known, powerful, evil, axis-leaning threat to the American way of life? Yeah, that country. Well, Hub Blog has been to Haiti and maintains close ties to the nation. And the authors are right: The embargo is hurting only the poor there, the embargo serves no national security purpose whatsoever, the embargo should be ended. ... P.S. While the U.S. has an embargo in place, it hasn’t stopped the U.S. from putting a trade gun to Haiti’s head and forcing Haitians to buy American products, thus destroying local markets for food and other products. This isn’t ‘free enterprise.’ It’s economic bullying at its worst.