Within hours of Port-au-Prince crumbling into ruins, the US had sent in an aircraft carrier with 19 helicopters, hospital and assault ships, the 82nd Airborne Division with 3,500 troops and hundreds of medical personnel. They put the country's small airport back on an operational footing, and President Obama pledged an initial $100 million dollars in emergency aid.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the European Union geared itself up with a Brussels press conference led by Commission Vice-President Baroness Ashton, now the EU's High Representative – our new foreign minister. A scattering of bored-looking journalists in the Commission's lavishly appointed press room heard the former head of Hertfordshire Health Authority stumbling through a prepared statement, in which she said that she had conveyed her "condolences" to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, and pledged three million euros in aid.The comparison speaks for itself, but I'd like to make a point of the misguided condolences our EUnion foreign minister offered. Why Ban Ki-Moon? Last time I looked he was neither Haitian nor part of the Haitian government. Their seems to be something desperately inept about Brussels offering somebody, anybody condolences to convey their 'heartfelt' sympathy. Or is this EUnion toadying up to the UN? Whatever it is, it leaves a distinctly unpleasant taste in ones mouth.
Much to the lament of both Booker and North it seems that nothing has been learned from the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.
Then – as we were to observe many times – the world was split into two main categories: those who did something about it, and those who talked about doing something about it.And the UN isn't doing much better, with Ban Ki-Moon mumbling something about a 'technology gap' that is supposed to be the cause of the devastation on Haiti, while completely glossing over years and years of horrendous misrule, which does not allow for the kind of political and economic climate in which people can help themselves, and put technology to good use. Misrule, by the way, that was propped up by that same UN pouring in billions worth in the name of more “development aid” (all the while keeping a nice percentage of 'overhead' for itself, of course).
In the former category fell the United States which took the lead in forming an alliance with Australia, India and Japan, and within hours had despatched two battle groups fully equipped to deal with such an emergency, including 20 ships led by two carriers with 90 helicopters.
The EU, in the meantime, took nine days to launch a "donors' conference", the start of grotesque bidding process which had different nations vying with each other to be seen as the most generous.
All this leads to one big conclusion: Tranzie organisations like the UN and the EUnion are all talk. In the case of Haiti, as dr. North writes, the tranzie nexus of the EU-UN has failed once again. And once again it has been left to nation states such as the US to pick up the pieces. One day the world will re-learn the lesson that trans-national agencies are an evolutionary dead-end and that the core or civilisation is and will remain the nation state.