Haiti: Shadow Play

As the military strongmen try to outmaneuver him, Clinton weighs all the options: sanctions, negotiations, even invasion

The men who run Haiti are not afraid to defy the world. Last week junta leader Lieut. General Raoul Cedras, the army strongman blocking the return of democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, cavalierly engineered the installation of an 81-year-old crony as the military's handpicked President, in direct challenge to the U.S. A minority of right-wing legislators, including eight elevated after irregular elections organized by the military last year, declared that under the constitution, Aristide's long absence left them no choice but to appoint a successor. As a 21-gun salute boomed over the capital, Supreme Court Justice Emile Jonassaint was sworn in,...

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