Apache Helicopter: Spreading Democracy
Haiti is intriguing because the U.S. has little or no national interest there, save stemming possible tides of refugees. International law, however, does not contain exceptions for good or misguided intentions.
There is no new legal principle to demonstrate
here. President Clinton's 1994 invasion to 'restore democracy' merely
echoes the tired and erroneous refrain that intervention is lawful if in
pursuit of democratic governance. Cedras, the military man who ousted
the freely elected Aristide, had broken his promise to get out of the way
and allow Aristide to return to power. This may very well have constituted
a violation of treaty obligations, but such violations do not allow the
slighted party to use military force in response (see
Panama entry and GA Res 3314).
CIA Factbook on Haiti
The Cato Institute provides a libertarian analysis
The Heritage Foundation provides a conservative critique of Clinton's invasion
Policy In Focus lays out a liberal view of policy towards Haiti
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