Haiti: RISING FROM RUIN

SINCE RETURNING TO POWER, ARISTIDE HAS SURPRISED HIS CRITICS AND INSPIRED A NATION

THE PREDICTIONS WERE STARK AND frightening. Opponents of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide foresaw serious consequences if the radical priest, ousted in a September 1991 coup d'etat, ever returned to power: rivers of blood would flow through the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and dozens of the regime's opponents would perish in barbarous "necklaces" of burning tires. The poverty-stricken nation would become a Marxist enclave and an enemy of the U.S. So how to explain that a year after Aristide and the country's first democratically elected government were returned to power by a U.S.-led force of 20,000 troops, nothing of the kind...

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