Haiti One Coup Too Many

Haiti's soldiers fail to reckon with George Bush's determination to preserve -- maybe even restore -- democratically elected leaders

Even if the world has not fully achieved a peaceful new order, its tolerance for political mugging is declining dramatically. A 28-nation coalition sent that message last February when it drove the Iraqi invaders out of Kuwait. Then thousands of Soviet citizens, supported by democratic countries around the globe, physically blocked the August takeover in Moscow.

Last week, after an old-fashioned coup ousted Haitian President Jean- Bertrand Aristide, the entire western hemisphere focused its outrage on the brazen military bosses in Port-au-Prince. The Americas were not prepared to let Haiti's military men get away with it. Their takeover, White House spokesman...

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