Go Easy on the WikiLeaks
We should all rejoice and be merry for WikiLeaks but you got to take it in shots, and chase it with a glass of consideration. While enjoying good times, this is my list, my top 7 for why you have to go easy on the leaks.
How to survive in a mine field. That was going to be the title of this countdown because that's an analogy a colleague used to describe Haiti's situation.
He basically said that these situations, such as the U.S. blocking deals, are mines that Haitian administrations have long stepped on.
I liken the leaks themselves to a bottle of Hennessy, held by the neck, at the best party of the millennium, with T-Vice set to get on the stage. Much fun but very dangerous.
So if Haitians don't want to wake up one morning $#!+faced, wondering what happened, it's best we take these 7 things into consideration when on the Haitian-flavored leak.
Number 7. They are Post-mortem.
This comes in last because postmortem reports do provide some usefulness, but not enough to escape this list.
You also have to consider the kind of report you're getting. For example, knowing if it's a magnetic-sensitive mine or a motion-triggered one is more useful than knowing how bad your friend got blasted. Those things are not important. Zafe yayo!
So there is an information-sensitivity threshold that must be passed for the report to be of some use to us.
Number 6. The threshold.
Hear no evil. You don't want information that amounts to gossip. You want tactical knowledge.
In the case of recent leaks pertaining to my nation of citizenship and a deal with the Venezuelan's that was blocked by the U.S. or something like that: We need details of the deal the U.S. working on the other end. We're trying to better that like the price is right; by $1.
Talk about Chavez, Preval, and mannerisms, its gossip.
Haiti WikiLeak Discussion - Democracy Now!
Number 5. And it's divisive.
As most gossip is, it leads to someone getting into a fist fight. And after the fight, everyone looks around like, what was this about? It was about gossip.
The recent leaks will strain relationships with South America. It's merely speculation on one's personality and their mannerisms which no man can judge. You can judge the president but don't judge the man. And all us Haitians already know, that knucklehead Preval come off like an idiot at times. Not news.
I assume the upcoming leaks revolve around U.S. textile companies that are getting labor in Haiti who blocked, with the U.S. a raise in the minimum wage.
We all agree that more can be offered, but we should all agree that some business is better than no business. This particular 'leak' is going to be damaging for trade because it intends to tie a business with shady government policy, that's unfair to the spirit of business. The gossip nature of the leak, although could turnout to improve wages, will more likely injure or cause harm in other areas. There is better intelligence needed to take a chance like that.
And not only does the gossip strain relations in the South but also in the the North, with the United States. I trust that cooler heads are in government but as for us, the people of Haiti, having ill will towards the United States will not help the situation.
If you didn't know this before, I will tell you now: the U.S. is going to look out for the U.S. first. Every international organization, bank and institution, it is the same thing. Trust. Me. On. That. One.
Number 4. Yes, we are in a mine field.
Going back to Toussaint's analogy, relating our circumstances as being in a mine field. There are those who act like they didn't know that. They were blinded by the foliage growth in their pockets.
We're in the imaginary mine field. Every international organization is here to help, but in the end it won't be at the sacrifice of themselves, so the mines to be leery of are there. That's as basic as I can put it.
Number 3. Yes, it is better to look forward.
Usually you don't get in a mine field to pitch a tent. You're trying to get somewhere, so looking back only helps so much. Knowing what lies ahead is much more important.
The one thing that concerns me about the coming happy hour - alright, we're back from the mine field, to the bar - so, the one thing concerning about happy hour is are you going to lose sight of something going on now.
Rene Gracia Preval is no long the President of Haiti, and DH has well recorded his record as a man, in the seat of the Presidency.
We are in the age of Michel Joseph Martelly, he's promising, but definitely one of the more looser Haitians, on the planet named earth, in the existence of mankind, since the existence of the universe... that is to say the least. We need remain focused and go easy on the leaks.
Number 2. Consider the source.
I will first say I have utmost respect for Democracy Now! but they hate the U.S. more than they love Haiti.
Kim Ives, I just don't know that guy. I visit HaÃ¯ti-LibertÃ© and it is an interesting site. It does offer information and editorial on Haiti. But I just don't know that guy.
Plus, hot information doesn't leak, it floods. So therefore...
Number 1. Don't believe in Leaks.
I told her since sextapes got popular I don't believe in leaks. These things get out on purpose.
The timing should be considered. The U.S. doesn't release a President's records for 25 years or something like that. So our generation will be far passed when our younger generations learn of Bush's alleged misdeed, and oh yeah, I believe they exist. But the timing, right now, is not conducive to growth.
If it really were some hot information it would have flooded. You have take it easy people.
I could be wrong. I've been wrong with countdowns before. Because they could give leak about some useful information like a U.N. attempt to cover up the cholera outbreak, even juicier that it was done with intent and malice, but then again, that would be timely information as the problem is still enduring. Also, I would wonder why they held it back for so long if we would have to wait another day for such information.
We post, you decide.