Last week, the mysterious assassination of Haitian President Jovenal Moise by the Foreign Mercenaries has sparked political controversy on the global stage. Since, the cold war, the political assassination in Latin American has become a routine culture, which is indeed threatening the political stability of the region. The republic of Haiti is the poorest country in the Caribbean region, where more than 50% of the population lives below the poverty line.
For decades, widespread Corruption, street crime, and political instability have been rampant in the country. Since February, the government of Jovenel Moise was also facing weekly street demonstrations, where tens of thousands of Haitians took the streets accusing him of corruption. Basically, it was the Petrocibe, a development program initiated by the Venezuelan government to support the Haitian economy with billions of dollars worth of oil and funding, which became the target of demonstrators. The demonstrators accused Jovenel Moise of the embezzlement of millions of dollars from the Petrocibe program. However, the mysterious assassination of President Jovenel Moise has sent out shockwaves all across the country.
In an effort to understand the ongoing political turbulence in the republic of Haiti, Shahzada Rahim of The Radical Outlook interviewed renowned Venezuelan Journalist and author Vicente Quintero. Mr. Vicente Quintero is a Venezuelan social scientist and author of the book ‘El Tercer Reich en Venezuela’. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from the Universidad Metropolitana of Caracas (Political Science, Economy, History, and Philosophy) and decided to focus his dissertation research on the national security policy of Russia (Government and Public Policy) at the Central University of Venezuela.
Thank You Mr. Vicente for Joining me on the Radical Outlook
1. Shahzada Rahim (SR): As an expert on Latin America, Can you tell us what is happening in Haiti? Who is behind the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse?
Vicente Quintero (VQ): A group of 28 foreign mercenaries, including Americans and retired Colombian soldiers, assassinated Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse. The Colombians still deny their involvement in Haiti’s president assassination, but the evidence is still arising against them. “After so many years of warfare, Colombia just has a surplus of people who are trained in lethal tactics,” said Adam Isacson, the director for defense oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America.
I suspect, however, that Moïse was also betrayed by his own friends and members of his security team.
2. Shahzada Rahim (SR): Haiti is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Why is the situation not improving in the country? Is there any foreign interference in-country?
Vicente Quintero (VQ): Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. For several decades, European powers and the United States refused to recognize its independence. Around 100 years ago, in 1915, United States troops invaded the country after a mop killed the Haitian President, which is a fascinating historical coincidence.
3. Shahzada Rahim (SR): What is the motive behind the assassination of the Haitian President? Who is benefiting from the political chaos in the country?
Vicente Quintero (VQ): The most relevant suspect in the assassination of the Haitian President was Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Florida church pastor, and businessman. Not only mystery but also confusion are growing. He is thought to be preparing to assume the Haitian presidency and had previously outlined his political ambitions.
We should consider that big actors are benefiting from what is happening in Haiti and the confusion that arose all around the Americas. They can proceed with their political agenda with almost no resistance since all eyes are on Haiti right now.
4. Shahzada Rahim (SR): Several sources have reported there was a group of 28 foreign mercenaries, including retired Colombian soldiers, who assassinated the Haitian President? What could be a possible reason? Does it have to do something with drug Cartels?
Vicente Quintero (VQ): Yes. And some of these retired Colombian soldiers reportedly were involved in the disappearance of civilians, who were passed off as guerrillas to inflate combat kills in Colombia and receive bonuses from the government. In Haiti, it is common for politicians to collude with gangs. The relation is symbiotic-like. Does it have to do something with drug Cartels? Apparently no. At least not directly.
Who assassinated the Haitian President knew his circle very well. Someone is preparing to take power in Haiti sooner than later. I suspect that Haitian oligarchs, supported by very powerful external elites, planned the Haitian president’s assassination. It was a very well-organized and financed tactical operation, beautifully and strategically carried out by individuals outfitted with high-powered weapons.
5. Shahzada Rahim (SR): For a long time, the American CIA has maintained its influence in Latin American Politics? Please briefly tell us, does the recent assassination of the Haitian President is connected to the CIA?
Vicente Quintero (VQ): United States intelligence services have always been very active in Latin America. Even if they were not directly involved in the Haitian President’s recent assassination, they were likely well informed in advance of the plan. Their sources are not always accurate, but they usually are.
6. Shahzada Rahim (SR): Media reports are claiming that there is a tuff battle between multiple factions for the political succession? How do you see the political situation of Haitian in the coming years?
I see nothing but more turbulence. I want to be more optimistic regarding the political situation of Haiti, but current political and economic conditions suggest that things are not going to improve anytime soon.
7. Shahzada Rahim (SR): As a political analyst and Journalist, can you tell us why political assassination is a routine game in Latin America? Was the Haitian President a victim?
Vicente Quintero (VQ): Let us look at the history of Cuba, Chile, and Panama during the XX century. The world has also watched what happened in Venezuela in 2019. This is a routine game in Latin America. Even though the internal and external causes are not always the same, presidential assassination attempts frequently happen throughout the region. Moise was the eighth Latin American President who had been assassinated.
Shahzada Rahim (SR): Thank you Mr. Vicente for joining me on the Radical Outlook
About the Author
Vicente Quintero is a Venezuelan social scientist and author of the book ‘El Tercer Reich en Venezuela’. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from the Universidad Metropolitana of Caracas (Political Science, Economy, History and Philosophy) and decided to focus his dissertation research on the national security policy of Russia (Government and Public Policy) at the Central University of Venezuela.
About the Interviewer
Shahazada Rahim is a postgraduate scholar based in Islamabad. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the news website “The Eurasian Post”. He is a frequent contributor to oriental Review, Geopolitica.Ru, 4PT, and other international newspapers such as Jerusalem Post and Eurasia Review.
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