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After an reading its history, any honest person must conclude that the Western industrialized world owes Haitians a country. Sure, France may have been the first to screw over those people, but it's not like American presidents didn't jump into the party, and lots of other thuggish countries joined in. Slavery, blockades, manufactured debt...Haiti never had a chance.

And now a 7.0 earthquake obliterated what little this poor country had, leaving a large portion of its eight million inhabitants homeless and jobless.

So, while the rubble is still smoking, while its people live in tents and beg food and water from strangers with guns, let us resolve to hold a summer Olympic games in Haiti.

Of course, holding a summer Olympics is a large undertaking. It requires massive construction of Olympic facilities, a big, new stadium, an Olympic village, a transportation system, and so on. Oh, and infrastructure. Roads, hospitals, water treatment, power generation, etc.

Since the workforce will be primarily Haitian locals, they will need to be housed in first class facilities, and paid top wages. Full health care for their families, educational benefits, etc.

All construction will of course need to meet stringent requirements to resist any plausible natural threat, from hurricanes to earthquakes. Geodesic, triangulated truss, etc.

You'll want to undertake a vast restoration of Haiti's forests and nature preserves, as these have been stripped.

Meanwhile, I understand that the Olympic Committee already has plans far in advance for the locations of future summer games. Understood; however, if the Olympics is ever going to be held in Haiti, it seems wise to prepare the country as soon as possible.

In this case, the very least we can do is to build these people a new country.

Originally posted to jimbo92107 on Sat Jan 23, 2010 at 01:49 PM PST.


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