Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Alvaro Linera in Haiti

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.

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.
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.

15 comments:

jaaron said...

I can't believe you even posted this. It's sad that people like you and Alvaro Linera try to create political and socioeconomic controversies by trying to disseminate potentially false information presented by the vice president of Bolivia.

El Duderino said...

Haha, you got me jaaron. I assume you are joking because otherwise that would be a pretty asinine statement on your part.

Bina said...

Oh noes, it's so "sad" that Alvaro García Linera would go to Haiti to personally deliver humanitarian aid, and the "potentially false information" that Bolivia gives a shit!

And it's also "sad" that the main people helping Haitians...are other Haitians. Of course, no one can believe the incredible tales of how they cook communally, share whatever supplies they can find, or dig each other out of the rubble--everybody "knows" those people are just savages who are looting all over the place!

Too bad Blogger doesn't do smilies, or you'd get an eyeroll from me.

Valparaíso said...

Thanks for the info.
I quoted your post in my blog:
http://caracascafe.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/haiti-quake-us-militarization/

El Duderino said...

Thanks, have you been posting comments here in Japanese? I don't read Japanese and have been assuming the comments were spam and deleting it. best

jaaron said...

To reiterate my point of view, please take a look at the following article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/20/AR2010012003897.html

Alvaro Linera and Evo Morales are basically imitating what Chavez expressed in an earlier statement. As always, they never come up with these opinions on their own, they merely imitate their role model, Hugo Chavez.

This is not the first or last instance in which this has been manifested within the Bolivian government. Unfortunately Evo is the puppet and Chavez is the puppeteer.

El Duderino said...

jaaron,
educate yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_gs7f-o2Ec
http://machetera.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/nelson-valdes-on-rescue-priorities-in-haiti/
http://leninology.blogspot.com/2010/01/there-are-no-security-issues.html
http://tenpercent.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/we-are-being-lied-to-about-haiti-to-justify-the-militarised-response/

Cethirien said...

Partners in Health and Doctors without Borders have said the same thing, that the militarized response is not warranted and that racial aspect of this is quite troubling, but not surprising given historical precedents.

jaaron said...

Let's just assume that Linera, Morales and Chavez are correct regarding what is happening with the militarization of Haiti.

I would love to hear more from you regarding the issue I mentioned earlier: Evo Morales being a puppet and Chavez being the puppeteer. Since you have your own blog about Bolivia I assume that you are up to date with the current political situation and I would be very interested to know what your standpoint is regarding Evo's inability to make decisions that are not influenced by Chavez.

El Duderino said...

Jaaron,
That is the opinion of fools who know nothing about Evo, his policies, the history of Bolivia and Latin America, and instead take their opinions from cranks at the Washington Post.

jaaron said...

I wouldn't consider a person foolish just because an individual disagrees with your point of view. I think it's actually quite the opposite. The inability of being able to argue an opposing point of view is usually one of the primary characteristics of a foolish person.

It's interesting how you immediately disqualify the validity of my question by implying that I know nothing about Evo, Bolivia and Latin America. I shared the Washington Post article with you because I was currently looking at it. I can provide, if you want, several other sources that would back my point of view. I was born and raised in Bolivia and I am quite certain that I know more about Evo, Bolivia and possibly Latin America than you. You are probably a foreign tourist, or possibly a volunteer that has been living in Bolivia for a couple of years. You should probably think twice before you make a bold statement like the one you made on your last post if you ever want to be taken seriously. You may know more about Evo, Bolivia and Latin America than most of your peers, however, just because you have a blog, live in Bolivia and support Evo does not make you an expert on this subject.

All in all, at the end of the day, whether Bolivia deteriorates or becomes prosperous, you can leave the country whenever you can with no further ramifications. Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing for the rest of the Bolivian population.

Anonymous said...

The US embassy assisted the Bolivian Government in ensuring the Bolivian DC-10 got clearance to land despite poor planning and the fact that they took off from Santa Cruz on a wing and prayer.
And then the VP spouts crap about the US efforts, and today the newly ordained religeous leader of Bolivia spews the same vile crap... Chavez today claimed that the US was testing a tetonic weapon on Haiti before getting it ready to use on Iran.
The ALBA Idiocy of Solididarty Propaganda machine is just spooling up... why can't these morons just put idiology aside and cooperate to assist the Haitians... Just Shameful

Anonymous said...

It is one thing to debate the rationality of Evo's politics and quite another to actually give any credence to Linera's comments.

Despite its history in Haiti the manner in which America is deploying aid, what Chavez said is simply idiotic and reflects the level of his intellect and that of his supporters. Linera's comments are not in the same league of idiocy, but nevertheless are true to his political style based on half truths and pseudo-intellectualism with a "yapa" of paranoia and conspiracy theory.

To say there are logistic problems in Haiti is an understatement. Could they manage to land more planes? I'm not an airtraffic controller, but Americans are often anal and their 9/11 security obsession - war on terror frame of mind, is making them do things in a different style. There's plenty of blame to go around from Haiti's unknown President, and the UN. There's a total complete of leadership, coordination and things will get a worse.

No other government will end up doing more than the US and no people will do more than the American people. Everyone can criticize, but to use this tragedy for political points like Linera and Chavez are doing is really reprehensible. Only and raving lunatics and unapologetic defenders of nuts like Ahmadinejad and Chavez like some of the posters here can give any credence to their remarks.

El Duderino said...

Jaaron,
Are all Bolivians born with a chip making them instant experts about their country? I called you an idiot because you are talking like one. Seriously, not even the opposition press is calling Evo a puppet of Chavez anymore. That is soo like 2006, get with the times and the new smears. And come back when you have something of substance to discuss.

Anon1,
Did you ever ask why the US should be giving clearance at a Haitian airport? Please think.

Anon2,
I don't really understand what you are trying to say but I think the links I posted for jaaron above about should speak to whatever anti-Evo sentiment it is you are trying to express.

JP said...

El Duderino....Jaaron is a waste of your time. As George Bernard Shaw once affirmed. "I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it."
The same applies with idiots who are blinded by either their ignorance or emotions. Their minds are hard coated with teflon that facts can not penetrate.