US accused of annexing airport as squabbling hinders aid effort in Haiti
Priority landing for Americans forces flights carrying emergency supplies to divert to Dominican Republic A police officer disperses people in Port-au-Prince. Photograph: Ramon Espinosa/AP The US military's takeover of emergency operations in Haiti has triggered a diplomatic row with countries and aid agencies furious at having flights redirected.
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#1 Jan 20, 2010
USA helping more than any other nation and other nations can only critize this self-less humane action by US. Next we will hear US is secretly sending aid for a covert take-over of Haiti. Let any nation who gives more be the first to criticize. Hypocrites! Don't complain for good deeds, complain when something bad is done.
#2 Jan 20, 2010
How can one criticize priorities when one doesn't know or have control of the situation. You have to have control of the situation in order to support the activites on the ground. I suppose these "whiners" would have preferred to allow it to be a "free-for-all" down there. How do these whiners even know what the US military flights were bringing in. It could have been field hospitals, it could have been medical supplies. Maybe France and Brazil would have preferred to allow the airport to be locally governed and see how that would have worked out for them. Either put-up or shut-up and get out of the way. Organized support will save many more haitians that moderate attemps from individual good-doers!
#3 Jan 20, 2010
The airport usually only handles 30 flights a day. With the US military controlling the airport 180 flights are going through the airport a day. Just doing that is a miracle.
Yet the French and others can only piss and moan instead of working together.
There are 50 countries helping in Haiti. It takes a lot to coordinate all of that.
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