As conflicting accounts enter the news rooms on the details surrounding the gruesome assassination of Juvenal Moise, the then president of Haiti the finger prints of organized crime emerge with greater clarity.
While Mr Moise was by no means an enlightened leader, he clearly was at odds with the so called oligarchs which is how we now call the business branches of organized crime. They partially own and operate legal businesses such as import and distribution of goods and services. These businesses serve as platform to engage in other activities of a less transparent nature which allow organized crime to launder the money obtained from all kinds of illicit traffic such as sex laborers, drugs, protected animal species and forged products ; proceeds from retail sales of drugs and from killings by hire and; of course, distribution counterfeited money and ID documents. In small and poor markets like Haiti de boundaries of each oligarchic territory are well defined and respected. Violations are paid with the lives of trespassers.
And while it seems to be difficult to truly determine the motivation for the magnicide one thing is crystal clear. Mr Moise feared for his life and had either arranged or requested extraordinary protection from a Pretorian guard for hire. Protectors to be arrived late and turned into the perfect alibi for those who organized and perpetrated the crime. In the murky universe of Haiti where survival depends on among other things coexisting with criminals, law enforcement is truffled with double agents that keep criminals well informed. Mr Moise’s attempt to obtain outside protection must have been known in advance by those interested in ending his life. Thus they acted preemptively.
The episode reveals the presence of a deviant state at the heart of the Caribbean and that of a market for mercenaries that streams from countries like Colombia that have been recipient of US military aid. Well trained soldiers who know the secrets of rapid deployment techniques and are poorly paid by their country army, get ready to build a retirement fund by means of enrolling through private defense contractor in mercenary armies. These private contractors are not overseen by any one or are subject to regulations and fair game practices as regular amies are. Thus they have a free hand to operate in our hemisphere. Further many of these armies are already spread around the Western Hemisphere to protect organized crime assets. In the post Covid 19 world when scarcity of public funds can affect armies throughout the hemisphere mercenary squads could mushroom. And most probably neither the OAS or the UN will do anything worthwhile to reverse course. We might as well end like Africa where the main trade passages are taken by organized crime.
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