The Destabilization of Haiti: The Anatomy of a Military Coup d’Etat by M. Chossudovsky

Posted on January 27, 2010


 The Destabilization of Haiti: Anatomy of a Military Coup d’Etat

By Michel Chossudovsky

Global Research, January 25, 2010 

 “Washington seeks to reinstate Haiti as a full-fledged US colony, with all the appearances of a functioning democracy. The objective is to impose a puppet regime in Port-au-Prince and establish a permanent US military presence in Haiti. 

The US Administration ultimately seeks to militarize the Caribbean basin.

The island of Hispaniola is a gateway to the Caribbean basin, strategically located between Cuba to the North West and Venezuela to the South.  The militarization of the island, with the establishment of US military bases, is not only intended to put political pressure on Cuba and Venezuela, it is also geared towards the protection of the multibillion dollar narcotics transshipment trade through Haiti, from production sites in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.” (Michel Chossudovsky, The Destabilization of Haiti, Global Research, February 28, 2004)


 Author’s Preface

Michel Chossudovsky, January 25, 2010

Author’s Preface

This article was written almost six years ago in the last days of February 2004. It was published on February 29th, 2004, on the same day as the US sponsored coup d’Etat, which led to the kidnapping and deportation of the country’s elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. 

The coup d’Etat had been prepared will in advance. Following consultations behind closed doors in Ottawa in January 2003, the US, with the support of France and Canada took the necessary steps to carry out a Coup d’Etat and forcefully abduct President Aristide.

Barely two weeks following the February 2004 coup d’Etat, a puppet regime was installed by the “international community”. In April 2004, a contingent of over 8000 UN “peace-keeping” forces under Brazilian command entered Haiti.

Haiti has been under foreign military occupation for the last six years. In this context, the January 2010 earthquake has provided Washington with a justification to bring in an additonal 10,000 foreign forces into the country. This influx of US combat troops into Haiti reinforces MINUSTAH’s “peacekeeping” contingent bringing total occupation forces to more than 20,000.  

This article largely focusses on the history of the 2004 US led coup d’Etat, including its preparations. It also outlines the process of economic destabilization under the helm of the IMF and the World Bank which played a key role in the events leading up to the military coup.

There is continuity in both the military and economic agenda. The same IMF-World Bank agenda is now part of Haiti’s “reconstruction”. 

Under the Washington consensus, the proposed reconstruction will not contribute to mobilizing domestic resources, empowering the Haitian people, while rehabilitating the institutions of the State, including health education an essential public services.  Quite the opposite: the process of reconstruction is dominated by Haiti’s external creditors. An army “foreign investors” including construction conglomerates, mining interests, security firms and mercenary companies have already positioned themselves. The “reconstruction” of Haiti will be financed by a mounting external debt. Lucrative contracts will be handed out to foreign contractors. In all likelihood the country’s infrastructure will be rebuilt and immediately privatised. The entire national economy is slated to be handed over to foreign capital.

What is required at this particular juncture is to:  

1) support the people of Haiti in their longstanding quest for sovereignty,

2) demand the withdrawal of foreign troops,

3) channel support to Haitian organisations involved in disaster relief,

3) endorse the resistance of the Haitian people to foreign military occupation,

4) support genuine reconstruction initiatives at the grassroots level, which bypass the stranglehold of international creditors and foreign investors.