Our [the West's] debt to Haiti stems from four main sources: slavery, the US occupation, dictatorship and climate change. These claims are not fantastical, nor merely rhetorical. They rest on multiple violations of legal norms.
I would like to agree with Klein , but I cannot because her views creates the dangerous notion that the "West" is guilty for every disaster and for the underdevelopment of every country on the face of the earth. Of course, it shares some responsibility, but guilt is something that ought to be left in the religious sphere. The incessant and unfortunately too prevalent arguments that the poor of the world should blame the West and powerful forces for their condition may be popular in some corners, but it is more emasculating and more paternalistic than the concept of the "White man's burden" ever was. The truth of the matter is that Haiti and Haitians to move forward need to avoid the dependency and the victim trap by taking aid while developing rapidly self-reliance and understanding that the world not matter how charitable it can be will in the short term can only care about them for so long and will never develop their country for them. Even if it were possible, why should Haitians want to have others do everything for them as if there was something crippling and cursed within the Haitian spirit that made it unable to do the heavy lifting and to take control of the destiny of their country.