These Lavalas folks are in a state of panic attack –after they got the news that NICOLAS DUVALIER, the son of former President Jean Claude Duvalier, could be running for some type of elected office in Haiti. They are now making all types of nonsensical statements to prove that him running for office is an insult to the Haitian people.
Now I feel compelled to really talk to these folks. History is there to judge all of us, not just the Duvaliers. Don’t judge Nicolas based on his dad’s political accomplishments or report card, which he has absolutely nothing to do with, when you did not do any better when you had your chance to run the country and make a positive difference.
Lavalas came in power in Haiti after the fall of the Duvalier regime and spent 20 years destroying everything Duvalier had left behind. The 20 years of the Lavalas regime [1991-2011] had moved the country 50 years back. We are now in the past playing catch-up towards the future. And you want to blame all the problems and setbacks of the country solely on the Duvaliers? When will you be bold enough to assume your part of the blame?
Lavalas has the nerve badmouthing the Duvaliers because they ran Haiti with an iron fist -a dictatorship so to speak. Well, at least we knew we were dealing with a pure dictatorship, not one with a mask of democracy -like Aristide had it.
Lavalas came in power in 1991 and did the exact same thing they are now blaming the Duvaliers for. You would be a fool to believe that under the Lavalas regime Haiti had a democracy. Aristide had his armed thugs [chimè, rat pa kaka, etc.] on the streets terrorizing the population; muzzling the press; lynching journalists, professionals, business owners, etc… He had plunged the country in a total state of institutionalized lawlessness and chaos. That’s what had gotten the people to come together on their feet as one to drag him out of power in 2004.
You are accusing the Duvaliers of emptying our treasury, right? Show me that you Lavalas did not do just as worse. Your administrations were corrupted. In fact, Aristide came in power as a poor defrocked priest who did not even have an income, he left multimillionaire. We are still waiting on him to tell us what he had done with the money of these poor Haitians who had placed all their hard-earned earnings in “cooperative” investments. He ransacked all these accounts. He is a crook in disguise.
I could go on and on, but I am going to stop here for now. But don’t assume that only the Duvaliers have a past. You Lavalas have one, too. In fact, yours is recent history, meaning fresh in our memory bank. Yet, in spite of all, your organization [Fanmi Lavalas] is still trying so desperately to make a comeback. And you have the nerve telling us that NICOLAS DUVALIER running for elected office is an insult to the Haitian people? How dare you!
All I am saying to my Lavalas folks is this: you should be the last group of people in our political world to be judging Nicolas Duvalier. If he meets all the requirements set by the electoral organization, only his constituency can determine if he is not good enough for them. Meanwhile, if he decides to run, instead of wasting your time judging him based on his father’s report card, which I think is futile -since he has nothing to do with that, you better get yourself ready to send someone capable and qualified to challenge him. Otherwise, he will be elected, and that will be your worst nightmare.