Today in who’s doing more to inspire revulsion: on Team A you have Royal Caribbean Cruise lines still making stops at a Haitian private beach just miles from the devastation where passengers, protected by armed security, can disembark and enjoy tropical cocktails, tasty BBQ, and long naps in surfside hammocks while people lay dying in the nearby rubble.
On Team B, you have an American “private security” company offering to go down to Haiti to perform “High Threat terminations” on those dastardly “looters,” i.e. people desperate for food and water, if the price is right, of course.
First up, Royal Caribbean! Reports Yahoo:
On Sunday, the Guardian reported that Florida-based Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines is docking ships at the “picturesque wooded peninsula” known as Labadee, which it leases on Haiti’s northern coast. At Labadee, passengers “enjoy jetski rides, parasailing, and rum cocktails delivered to their hammocks.” The British paper also reported that passengers can spend their time “shopping for trinkets at a craft market” while armed guards stand at the entry to the complex to guarantee their safety.
Despite the fact that the ships have delivered relief supplies to the island, some passengers on the ships are reportedly “sickened” over the decision to dock there. One passenger took to an Internet message board to protest the idea of vacationing where “tens of thousands of dead people are being piled up on the streets, with the survivors stunned and looking for food and water.”
In defense of the company, the CEO of Royal Caribbean says that the ships are also delivering much-needed supplies when they dock, so do with that what you will.
Next up we have the straight-up Orwellian “International Peace Operations Association.” Reports the always intrepid Jeremy Scahill:
On January 15, a Florida based company called All Pro Legal Investigations registered the URL Haiti-Security.com. It is basically a copy of the companyâ€™s existing US website but is now targeted for business in Haiti, claiming the â€œpurpose of this site is to act as a clearinghouse for information seekers on the state of security in Haiti.â€
â€œAll Protection and Security has made a commitment to the Haitian community and will provide professional security against any threat to prosperity in Haiti,â€ the site proclaims. â€œJob sites and supply convoys will be protected against looters and vandals. Workers will be protected against gang violence and intimidation. The people of Haiti will recover, with the help of the good people from the world over.â€
The company boasts that it has run â€œThousands of successful missions in Iraq & Afghanistan.â€ As for its personnel, â€œEach and every member of our team is a former Law Enforcement Officer or former Military service member,â€ the site claims. â€œIf Operator experience, training and qualifications matter, choose All Protection & Security for your high-threat Haiti security needs.â€
Scahill goes on to note that the services offered by the company include “high threat terminations.” Oh, and good news for job seekers…they’re hiring!