The military Occupation has made and continues to make military Occupation necessary. The justification given is that it is necessary for the pacification of the country. Pacification would never hadve been necessary had not American policies been filled with so many stupid and brutal blunders; and it will never be effective so long as “pacification” means merely the hunting of ragged Haitians in the hills with machine guns.
Then there is the force that several hundred American civilian place-holders constitute. They have found in Haiti the veritable promised land…
James Weldon Johnson, “Self-Determining Haiti: The American Occupation,” The Nation (28 August 1920)
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