Saturday, February 10, 2007
No more of that, thanks fot the diligent efforts of 'peacekeepers'. Minustah's commander insists that he will "cleanse" Haiti's slums of the gangs. Leave aside the fact that UN troops are rapists, murderers and thugs. Not only in Haiti, but practically everywhere they set foot. This mysterious, nebulous, ebondark Evans, who doesn't even have the decency to acquire the proper forename and surname, is the real villain. His gangs are the source of repression and violence in Haiti, not the anti-Lavalas genocidaires that have been brought into the government and exonerated by the occupiers, and not the UN troops.
We might call this production The Man With One Name. On to the next movie. Ah, Blood Diamond, in which a roguish Sith Iffrican arms dealer played by the gorgeous Leonardo Di Caprio becomes a good guy thanks to the affections of a white American reporter, and decides to help a humble African man retrieve his son, who has been kidnapped by - gasp - Marxist revolutionaries. With capital, and imperialism, safely evacuated from the picture, we can enjoy the misery of the diamond trade (and implicitly every other precious commodity trade, whether cobalt, coltan or platinum) as Warner Brothers home entertainment. Now you can have a glimpse of The Interpreter in which Nicole Kidman symbolises African suffering. And then there's Hotel Rwanda, in which you experience the genocide through the central performance of Don Cheadle, with references to Belgian colonialism and a despairing condemnation of the failure of the West to intervene. Ahem. And where's my copy of Black Hawk Down?
So, on this theme, here are a couple of cartoon-essays, by the Monkey Dust team, on culture and imperialism:
There are, of course, other ways to understand UN violence in Haiti.