Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Open letter to Kofi Annan

Open letter to Kofi Annan
John Maxwell
Your Excellency,You are by far the most experienced, accomplished and skilful
Secretary General the United Nations has ever had. I do not say this
to butter you up, but to give my readers an idea of who you are.You
are –uniquely among Secretaries General – a child of the United
Nations, for which you began working 43 years ago.Since then you have worked in almost every possible capacity in
senior positions in Human Relations, Refugee Relief, Emergency
Management, Peacekeeping and in Management and Finance. You know the
organisation inside out, and you know better than anyone elese in the
world, what the UN can do and what it can’t.

In the preamble to the Charter of the United Nations the founding
members declared, inter alia: that the organisation was an instrument
“…to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and
worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and
of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which
justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and
other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote
social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, AND
FOR THESE ENDS to practice tolerance and live together in peace with
one another as good neighbours, and to unite our strength to maintain
international peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of
principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not
be used, save in the common interest, and to employ international
machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of
all peoples …”

It is this charter and the subsequent Universal Declaration of Human
Riughts, which persuades millions of poor and powerless people all
over the world, that the United Nations is their   best hope for
freedom, justice and fair treatment, their Court of Last Resort. Many
of us, myself included, marched and demoinstrated aginst the decision
of the US and Britain to attack Iraq. We considered the invasion and
war to be illegal. Almost exactly one year ago, in September 2004,
you told a BBC reporter in London “From our point of view and the
U.N. charter point of view, it was illegal.”

You too had been opposed to the invasion from the start because
as you said,  the initiative lacked Security Council approval as
required by the U.N. charter, and you  challenged the  White House
claims that the war had made the world safer from international

I however, and some others fault you for withdrawing the UN
Inspection teams which action we believe, facilitated the invasion.

The world has now been given ample proof, if it needed any, that the
true objectives of the war were not as advertised, but were purely
Great Power aggrandisement.

My concern is not about Iraq, however, it is about something much
closer home.

A Template from Haiti
When the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights in 1948 it was following, by 244 years, another  declaration
of universal human rights for the first time anywhere in the world.
That declaration was in Haiti where slaves destroyed not only the
institution of slavery but three major European armies sent to force
them back into subjection.

In pursuit of their vision, the Haitians also armed and provisioned
Simon Bolivar, the liberator to be of South America, when he was
bankrupt, friendless and disheartened. The Haitians asked  in return,
only that Bolivar should free slaves anywhere he found them.

This spirit of internationalist altruism has not been duplicated by
any other country, as far as I know, except in the cases of Tanzania
and Cuba who directly intervened to destroy dictatorships in Uganda
and Southern Africa respectively.

Yet, despite their noble behaviour and their centuries struggle for
freedom, the people of Haiti are this day under an oppression more
onerous and unreasonable and absolute than slavery itself. At least,
on the plantations, the slaves were fed and had the freedom to
cultivate their own grounds.

Today, as I speak, an alien armed force from many countries is in
Haiti, providing protection  cover and firepower in aid of  the
remnants of the most savage and barbaric regime in the history of the
Western hemisphere. It is not that others may not have murdered more,
but the character of the butchery and brutality of the Duvalier
regimes and those dictatorships succeeding are in a class by themselves.

This alien armed force is in Haiti under the auspices, we are told,
of the UN Security Council, two permanent members of which, aided by
another northern power, sponsored, organised, controlled the armed
kidnapping and overthrow of the lawfully elected President and
government of Haiti.

Two days before this letter appears in print, people in many
countries will have marched in solidarity with Haiti, commemmorating
the first occasion in which  the forces of reaction overthrew the
first freely elected government of Haiti in a hundred years.

Triumph over Tyranny
Last year, had they been allowed, the Haitian people would have –
under the ausopices of the very United Nations you serve, celebrated
their magnificent triumph of liberty over tyranny and freedom over
slavery. Instead, you did not attend the original day of celebration
(you were apparently on holiday on the jamaican north coast 300 miles
away) and shortly thereafter,shrouded by  a pungent smog of  lies,
obfuscation, chicanery and duplicity, the United States and its
accomplices destroyed Haitian democracy for the second time in 12 years.

Their President, twice elected by overwhelming majorities as attested
by the United Nations and the United States among others, with a more
secure claim to legitimacy than the President who deposed him, was
sent, labeled as cargo, with his family  into shameful exile to our
ancestral homeland – to a republic which has been more brutally
abused than most by its colonial masters. It was hoped, no doubt,
that the President and the Haitian people and the rest of the world
would have accepted this reverse Middle Passage.

It was selfless altruism by a number of concerned Americans which
rescued President Aristide and brought him to jamaica where he
remained for some time. Here, in this country, which probably more
than most owes its freedom to Haiti, some of us, out of profound
ignorance enhanced  by wicked propaganda, did not make him as welcome
as we should have. But that is a small matter.

What has utterly perplexed many of us is that you, as the court of
last resort for the hungry, the oppressed and the suffering of this
world, did not act to rescue the Haitian people from their
oppressors, but, instead, sadly and unfortunately, appeared to
connive in their further debasement and disfranchisement, in a most
evil denial of the fundamental human rights they alone proclaimed two
centuries ago.

You, more than anyone on this planet, should know the insides of the
programmes to subvert freedom, planned and executed by a faceless
collection of managers who have usurped their own capitalist
enterprises, taken control away from their shareholders and stolen
the pensions of their workers, and having made themselves richer than
any Rockefeller could have imagined a century ago, are now proceeding
to wage war on the world, to reduce by the process of globalisation,
intimidation and war the rest of us to a state of abject dependence
in sweated labour without justice or mercy.

Termites & Deathwatch Beetles
Your plan to reform the United Nations has been subverted by the
state representatives of these thugs, some of whom are even now under
indictment and or criminal investigation in their own countries. It
is a plan which you first proposed  in 1997 and represents the work
and hopes of most of the world’s peoples, but it is at this very
moment, being sabotaged and undermined by political termites and
deathwatch beetles that are intent on returning most of us the dark
ages, gated and fenced away from their rapturous bell-curved paradise.

Mr John Bolton the US Ambassador to the UN,  has said :
“There is no such thing as the United Nations…. There is an
international community that occasionally can be led by the only real
power left in the world and that is the United States when it suits
our interest and when we can get others to go along. And I think it
would be a real mistake to count on the U.N. as if it is some
disembodied entity out there that can function on its own.”– Global
Structures Convocation, Feb. 3, 1994

He has said more and worse, but there is no need to explore further
what passes for his mind.

Another of these conscienceless brutes, one Bill O”Reilly,  said that
when Mr Bush spoke two weeks ago  at the UN  about combatting
terrorism “…I’m sure all the U.N. people fell asleep. They don’t
really care about anything over there at all. I just wish Katrina had
only hit the United Nations building, nothing else, just had flooded
them out. And I wouldn’t have rescued them.”

The racism, prejudice and ignorance of these boobies is obvious to
most of the world, and  in the United States the majority have
recovered from the hypnotic trance in which they have been immured
for the last several years.

You, Kofi Annan, know better than anyone, that globalisation is a
primitive commercial  reaction to the UN’s Agenda 21, because the aim
of Agenda 21 was the eradication of poverty by sustainable
development. The intent is explicit: it was Enron, that once admired
and now discredited and derided Ponzi scheme, which was given the
duty of writing the General Agreement on Trade in Services, the
crucial part of the Globalisation impoverishment process.

But these yahoos are on the run now; their elaborately constructed
mirages are falling apart, the law is catching up with some of them
and will catch up with more. The second most powerful man in the US,
House leader Tom Delay is under  indictment for criminal misuse of
funds. Two of Delay’s associates, Jack Abramoff and    Michael
Scanlon, are being investigated by at least five federal agencies for
wholesale bribery,  extortion, fraud  and corruption generally; and
three associates of Abramoff – Florida ‘businessmen’  – were last
week charged with murder.

Meanwhile, in Haiti, enveloped in an aura of sanctimony, the US
Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice was busy advising the
‘government’ she helped invent, about the need for better PR: they’re
locking up too many leaders of the Haitian people prior to their so-
called ‘election’.

We –  you, the Haitian people, the Jamaican people and I  all share
the same ancestry and the Haitians’ ancestors performed deeds that no
one else had ever done; their spirits walk uneasily over the lands
fertilised by their bones and blood. Their spirits need peace, Kofi,
and you can give it to them by giving their descendants the rights
and dignities to which they are entitled and for which they have
suffered, struggled and fought so hard for so long.
Yours sincerely,
John Maxwell

That UWI patty shop
The university authotities have published an ‘explanation’ of their
decision to site a patty shop at the state entrance to the university.

According to a release the patty shop has been three years in
gestation and has the approval of the KSAC.

My questions are; Does it have planning permission from NEPA? Were
Jamaica’s  state partners in the UWI consulted?  Was the project put
out to tender? What revenue will the UWI derive? Doesn’t the UWI
realise that under GATS it has now opened all its prime green spaces
to   commercial exploitation?  Is a supermarket scheduled for the
Chapel grounds?

Copyright ©2005 John Maxwell

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