The Political Interest Putting People Second

Even now, with all hell breaking loose in Haiti, Bill Clinton won't relax his draconian refugee policy. Denying political asylum to large numbers of poor black Haitians "is what all this was about in the first place," says U.N. Ambassador Madeleine Albright -- and it still is. The Administration's sweet talk about restoring democracy in Haiti is merely tactical, a reflection of the assumption that those who enjoy liberty will stay put. Meanwhile on the ground, the situation worsens daily. "Anyone can be killed at any time," says Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the exiled President, and late-night disappearances are becoming common. Foreigners can...

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