Haiti: Shifting on Aristide?

Shifting on Aristide?

When a military coup sent Jean-Bertrand Aristide into exile late last month, George Bush's first reaction was to denounce the overthrow and call for the reinstatement of Haiti's first democratically elected President. But last week Bush seemed to back away, citing allegations of human-rights abuses by the activist priest -- charges soon bolstered by an Organization of American States team in Haiti. Most disturbing: a Sept. 27 speech in which Aristide seemed to condone Pere Lebrun, a Haitian form of lynching in which a gasoline- soaked tire is set ablaze around a victim's neck. Officially, the U.S. % continued to advocate...

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