UN chief urges nations to consider deploying forces to help Haiti
From NPR’s Michel Martin and William Greider
MICHAEL ANTON: Today the head of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, said that he’s now asking other countries to step up to support Haiti.
A leading U.N. official said Thursday that Haiti’s military is in bad shape. And he said, quote, “We need to be prepared to deal with the kind of humanitarian crisis we are seeing right now.”
GREIDER: Well, it’s a sad state of affairs. And it’s not a unique one. The world has a terrible problem. And most of it comes from, actually, a place that most Americans don’t even know.
A long-term problem has developed in Haiti. The world has been focused for a long time on the financial crisis, the meltdown. But over there, things have taken a different turn.
For many years, Haitian farmers have been forced off their land and into cities by land reform. Today, Haiti’s peasants are poor, angry and angry. And they are being pushed further out. In a country that used to grow enough food to feed everyone, there is now a food crisis on the horizon, Michel.
MICHAEL ANTON, NPR News: Well, William Greider. Thanks for this. I’ll let you go back to your work.
GREIDER: Oh, no problem. Good luck.
MICHAEL ANTON: Thank you.
MICHAEL ANTON: Good luck.
GREIDER: Michel, I’m speaking with NPR’s Michel Martin and William Greider.
We’re talking about the international community’s reaction to the earthquake in Haiti. I think what you said, Michel, is well founded in the sense of, we have got to stop this. We have got to get off our knees and start doing something.
We’re getting the same sort of message from President Obama, from Secretary Clinton. And it’s sort