Bolivia's Vice President Alvaro Linera arrived in Haiti yesterday along with Bolivian humanitarian aid and had this to say about the relief effort:
What is required for the reconstruction of Haiti are resources: economic help, medical help, food help, this is what is required, I hope that the United States is focusing on these issues.In Haiti the dispossessed help the dispossessed. Solidarity is a natural reaction to disaster and this is what frightens the United States the most, and the true logic behind its military response.
Bolivia has brought to share part of what we have, we did not bring what we have in excess, rather that we have, we have shared: food, rice produced by Bolivian campesinos, blood, hundreds of liters of blood and plasma.
What we need here in Haiti is not so many armed troops, as the United States has brought, what we need here are resources: money, food and infrastructure.
[The United States] is manipulating this drama to install US troops in Haiti. They have already taken military control of the airport in Port au Prince and this is troubling.
There is no logic behind US troops disembarking in Haiti. Haiti is asking for humanitarian aid, it is not asking for troops. It would be crazy if all of us began sending troops to Haiti.