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January 14, 2010

PAT ROBERTSON BLAMES HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE ON PACT WITH THE DEVIL

PAT ROBERTSON ON HAITI

Maggie Koerth-Baker, Boing Boing - Pat Robertson thinks that Haiti is poverty stricken (and earthquake-stricken) because the country made a deal with Satan to help them overthrow the French.

Back in May, the Times Online provided some slightly better insight into Haiti's past. . .
Summary: Haiti was forced to pay France for its freedom. When they couldn't afford the ransom, France (and other countries, including the United States) helpfully offered high-interest loans. By 1900, 80% of Haiti's annual budget went to paying off its "reparation" debt. They didn't make the last payment until 1947. Just 10 years later, dictator Fran├žois Duvalier took over the country and promptly bankrupted it, taking out more high-interest loans to pay for his corrupt lifestyle. The Duvalier family, with the blind-eye financial assistance of Western countries, killed 10s of thousands of Haitians, until the Haitian people overthrew them in 1986. Today, Haiti is still paying off the debt of an oppressive dictator no one would help them get rid of for 30 years.

The rest of the world refuses to forgive this debt.

So, in a way, maybe Robertson is right. Haiti is caught in a deal with the devil, and the devil is us.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I guess the Ayatollah Khomeini was right; we are the Great Satan.

January 14, 2010 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Pat Robertson speaking Allegorically when he talks about the slaves buying their freedom from France as a "Contract With The Devil", because of all the hardship Haiti has endured since.

Or... is he saying that France is the Devil?

The first doesn't sound like it would be in his mental capacity as a Fundamental Literalist.

The second sounds pretty 'harsh' even for a Repug tool.

I hope that he is not stating this earthquake is Devine retribution of some kind. Fer Pete's sake, they just bought their FREEDOM from slavery!

January 14, 2010 11:43 AM  

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