Is Haiti Worth It?

Restoring democracy is a nice idea -- but not if it takes the U.S. Marines to get rid of the island's ruthless rulers

As night and a frightened silence fall over most of Port-au-Prince, the Champs de Mars, a grimy street a hundred yards from the National Palace, fills with drunken gunmen and pulsating music with a voodoo beat. Through the hours of darkness cars rumble up to the Normandie Restaurant and the political offices next door. Scores of "attaches," the heavily armed civilian auxiliaries to the police, receive their orders and roar away on the violent and bloody missions that keep the Haitian military regime in power.

Shadowy figures carrying rifles and machine guns line the rooftops. Others with pistols tucked in their...

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