For example, Pat Robertson claimed that the earthquake was the result of a sinister agreement with Beelzebub:
Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you'll get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal.It would be quite easy (and accurate) to dismiss Robertson as a delusional idiot, but I will resist that temptation. Personally, I don't find Robertson to be a very credible historian, particularly given that he isn't sure which Frenchie had the Haitians under his heel. I will admit that I was unaware that the devil spoke French, but it really doesn't surprise me.
While most of the civilized world has been laughing off Robertson's claim, it seems that the Chronicle accepts his theory, for on Monday their editorial provided a stern warning:
As one of the world's so-called failed states, Haiti is not only an ongoing humanitarian disaster. Its chronic instability also poses a potential health and security threat to its Caribbean neighbors and the United States, with Miami only 700 miles to the northwest.Since the Chronicle editorial board appears to have sworn off research, I would like to point out that Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Their navy is a fantasy--that is, it does not exist, except perhaps in Pat Robertson's mind. Ditto for their air force. Given that Miami is "only" 700 shark-infested miles away, how in the hell is this non-military a threat to the security of the United States? I can only conclude that since the Haitians have a pact with the devil, the Chronicle believes that they have some nukes hidden in some of their mud huts.
Not to be outdone, actor Danny Glover piped in with his take:
What happened in Haiti could happen to anywhere in the Caribbean because all these island nations are in peril because of global warming. When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I'm sayin'?Yeah Danny, I know what you are saying. You are telling the world that you have a political agenda to push and you aren't above using a tragedy to do so. Unless Americans submit to Obama's dictatorial desires, we too may have massive earthquakes tear our cardboard shacks to shreds. And then we will have to march through the streets clapping our hands and chanting, impatiently waiting for someone to help us.
While most of the world is trying to instill guilt in us for not rushing to the aid of the Haitian people, we have others--such as Robertson and Glover--using the occasion to promote their agenda. But in the end, there is no difference. One group wants us to sacrifice for the Haitians. Robertson wants us to sacrifice for God. And Glover wants us to sacrifice for Gaia. In principle they all agree.
Glover wants me to believe that because I have driven an SUV for the past 12 years I am responsible for killing Haitian babies. I refuse to accept that guilt trip, for 2 reasons. First, it is a bunch of bunk. Second, in 1974 I purchased a Vodou drum in the Iron Market in Port-au-Prince. I paid the handsome price of $5, which was a considerable sum to a teen-age boy. Given that the average family income in Haiti today is about $2 a day, I probably supported a family for a week or more. And rather than just give my money away, I got something in return.
There is nothing wrong with helping others, but it is not a moral obligation. Nor should one provide aid to others when doing so is a sacrifice. You have a moral right to your own life and your own happiness. Your only responsibility is to yourself and those you voluntarily choose to support (such as your family). And don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise.