Heading Off More Violence In Haiti

With Haiti on the brink of civil war, the region's poorest country is posing a dilemma for the Bush Administration. Republicans had opposed the Clinton Administration's intervention in 1994 to restore left-leaning President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power after a coup had ousted him. The Bush team is even less willing to send soldiers now to the strife-torn country with U.S. troops tied down in Afghanistan and Iraq. But if refugees wash ashore in politically sensitive Florida, pressure would build on the President to act. Washington hopes for a political solution that would include Aristide opponents in a new governing council. France may lead a coalition to keep the peace.

Edited by Rose Brady

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