Originally Posted by Black Dog
It's a wonder the USA, "apparently" the world's greatest democracy, didn't step in then to sort out the problem of such an undemocratic neighbour in close proximity to herself. No such problems in 1962 when Haiti's closest neighbour, Cuba, did not toe the line.
You are right about Haiti though, when you say that there "isn't much good there." There's not a litre of oil to be had under Haiti's shakey ground.
In Cuba however, the issue was Russian missile's being deployed on the Island more than human rights for the Cubans.
I've been to Havanna, Cuba a few times (The Airline I flew for was both a US and Bahamian Corporation) and the people there, and the way they interact is like the difference between black and white. The Cubans, both military and civilian, were very nice and polite. There were always a car full of armed soldiers that followed the plane on the ground, I was told that was to insure we did not pick up any "passengers" but they were cool.
In Haiti however, they all gave the impression that just getting out alive and with all our possessions was a special gift from them.