Raymond Joseph, the Haitian Ambassador to the US, is an engaging and slick operator. He was sent to the US in 2004 to represent a murderous, illegal, unconstitutional government that the US, France, and Canada installed in Haiti after the coup against Aristide. Its leaders were Boniface Alexandre and Gerard Latortue who quickly set in motion their state-sponsored violence machine by absorbing former death squad members and former army soldiers into the Haitian National Police. This newly beefed up police force had one item in its job description — kill as many supporters of Aristide as possible. Summary executions in the streets were de rigeur as were attacks in poor neighborhoods which featured indiscriminate shooting and mass, illegal arrests in which Haitians were not charged nor brought before a judge. Helping out in this bloody mess was the UN “peacekeeping” mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, brought to Haiti as a proxy army for the US to keep the lid on a coup that had NO public support. MINUSTAH’s forte was massive raids with tanks and high caliber weaponry moving in on poor neighborhoods in the wee hours of the morning spraying gunfire in all directions, killing many Haitians as they slept in their beds. And, over those two years, Joseph sat here in Washington and covered up, cleaned up and re-dressed all the slaughter. Listening to him speak at public meetings was simultaneously laughable and maddening.
In 2006, Rene Preval became president and Raymond Joseph was maintained as ambassador. Word on the street is that the US told Preval to keep him on. Makes sense. With an ambassador who represented a government put in place by the US, whose modus operandi was death squad liquidation of its political opponents, Joseph knows where all the bodies are buried — well, maybe not all 8,000 people who, in a Lancet article, were estimated to have been killed in the two years he represented his criminal government.
If Raymond Joseph is successful in his bid for the presidency, his long term relationship with the US government will protect him from everything and the US will be in the middle of Haiti’s affairs deeper than ever.
Haitian Presidential Race Takes Shape
July 28, 2010
by AQ Online
Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, Raymond Joseph, said today that next week he will formally announce his candidacy for President in the Haitian national elections later this fall. In an interesting twist, some observers are predicting that Mr. Joseph will be running against his nephew, and world-famous performing artist, Wyclef Jean. Mr. Jean—a socially responsible celebrity as discussed with AQ—has been involved extensively in Haiti’s reconstruction and is rumored to be completing the paperwork required to run for public office and has until August 7 to complete the process.
In response to the possibility of Wyclef joining the race, Ambassador Joseph commented: “We are family. And we won’t allow politics to divide… No, I wouldn’t say running against, I would say running parallel.”
“I think he [Joseph] would be a strong contender,” “I’m not endorsing him, but I am saying that he does fit the profile of what many expect to see in the next round: someone able to engage the international community.” says Eduardo Gamarra, a political science professor at Florida International University who has extensive knowledge on Haitian affairs.
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