History of greed stacked odds against Haiti

Toni Kinsella, Irish Times

THE DANTEAN images from Port-au-Prince offer wrenching tableaux of what can happen when a natural catastrophe ravages a failing state with inadequate systems of governance. Failed states are a new challenge. During the cold war neither superpower could allow one of its client states, however grotesque or ramshackle, to fail. The former Zaire and Somalia are prime examples.

Mobutu ruled Zaire from 1965. The word “kleptocracy” was invented to describe his systematic pillaging of his people. Western support for Mobutu ended with the cold war and he fled, abandoning his country to one of the

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