It's Not If I Go Back, But When

TIME's Joelle Attinger and Michael Kramer interviewed Aristide last week in Washington. Excerpts:

Q. TIME: Why should the U.S. care about Haiti?

A. Aristide: We have clear mutual interests. The leaders of Haiti's army are involved in drug smuggling, and Haiti has become the second largest country in the hemisphere dealing with drugs, which bring in over $200 million a year. It's also better for Haitians to stay in Haiti rather than leave the country. My seven months in office prove they would stay home.

Also, the U.S. is the superpower of the world. You have people in Haiti who are...

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