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Why gangs hold so much power in Haiti

The last few weeks have brought unthinkable upheaval in Haiti, a country that is no stranger to tragedy and suffering.

Garry Pierre-Pierre


March 15, 2024

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Fallacies Detected:

Appeal to Emotion, Biased Language, False Dilemma

credAIble Evaluation:

The narrative on the crisis in Haiti, written by someone with personal ties to the country, compellingly combines a detailed historical context with a poignant appeal for international, particularly U.S., intervention. The author employs an Appeal to Emotion by vividly describing the chaos and suffering in Haiti, effectively drawing readers into the gravity of the situation and invoking empathy for the Haitian people. Biased Language is used to critique the actions (or lack thereof) of both the Haitian elite and international actors, particularly the U.S., suggesting a moral obligation for more robust support and intervention. A False Dilemma is presented by suggesting that the only paths forward involve either continued neglect or comprehensive U.S.-led intervention, overlooking the potential for Haitian-led solutions or more balanced international support that respects Haiti's sovereignty. The piece underscores the deep historical and systemic roots of Haiti's challenges, from colonial exploitation and internal corruption to international interference, and calls for a holistic approach to addressing the current crisis that prioritizes Haitian needs and leadership. While advocating for a future where Haiti can achieve peace, stability, and prosperity through concerted international effort, the narrative highlights the importance of addressing both immediate security concerns and the underlying socio-economic factors contributing to the crisis. It posits that with the right kind of sustained, supportive action from international partners, particularly the U.S., Haiti can overcome its long history of turmoil and emerge as a peaceful and self-sustaining nation.

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