Really, I’m so proud. I’m kvelling:
Hundreds of protesters who blame U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal for Haiti’s widening cholera epidemic marched on a rural military base Friday to demand the soldiers leave the country.
Demonstrators waving tree branches and carrying anti-U.N. banners walked from the central plateau city of Mirebalais several miles to the gates of the base perched above a tributary of the Artibonite River — a waterway identified by health officials as a conduit for the infection.
The protesters chanted “Like it or not, they must go” as the Nepalese soldiers and other U.N. peacekeepers remained inside.
Cholera has sparked widespread fear in Haiti, where it was unknown before the outbreak was first noticed by authorities Oct. 20. As of Friday morning, more than 4,700 people have been hospitalized and at least 330 have died, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Experts say the disease was likely imported. Until this month there had not been a diagnosed case of cholera in Haiti as far back as records go in the mid-20th Century, said Claire-Lise Chaignat, head of the global task force on cholera control at the World Health Organization. The disease is pandemic in parts of Africa and Asia.
Speculation among Haitians is increasingly centered on the Nepalese peacekeeping base near Mirebalais, much of it being stoked by politicians including the town’s mayor — a Senate candidate — ahead of the Nov. 28 national elections.
Cholera is endemic in Nepal and the country suffered outbreaks this summer. The current troop contingent arrived in shifts starting Oct. 9, after the outbreak in their home country and shortly before the disease broke out in Haiti.
Show of hands from anyone who’s ever thought the UN served any purpose on this earth—hey, mine’s up too.
But whose mind was so distracted by Jew-hatred to come up with the bright idea of importing cholera from Nepal, where it’s rife, to Haiti, where it’s unknown? Like they didn’t have enough problems?
While I let the hot jets of schadenfreude wash over my body, I can think of one potential benefit from this oh-so-typical sUNafu: that Haiti may finally come to understand that it will never, ever climb out of the stagnant slough of despond until it throws out the helpy-helpertons like the UN, and instead builds institutions that protect individual liberty, reward self-reliance, and respect the rule of law.
Checking the weather forecast in Hell, I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were Haitian (but I would refrain from shaking hands with anyone recently returned from Mt. Everest).