Haiti: Threat and Defiance

Clinton and Cedras keep pounding the war drums, but both sides quietly hope for a peaceful way out

More and more, the face-off between Haiti's military rulers and the U.S. White House looks like an elaborate game of chicken. From the American side comes a steady escalation of military and political pressures designed to send Haitian Army Chief Raoul Cedras and his cronies this message: We don't want to invade Haiti, but if that's the only way to get rid of you, we will. From Cedras and company comes a series of nose-thumbing moves adding up to this reply: Come on -- we dare you. But the game has not reached the point at which the final collision becomes...

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