Haitian entities continue to blame the government for the country's current disruption. They "note and deplore" its numerous failures, its incapacity to establish order, to assure the safety of persons and goods, to allow schools and commerce to function. Haiti, they say, is reaching a point of explosion.
Indeed. Intermittently over the last 18 months, people have placed locks on churches while services were on-going, have burned tires to prevent circulation, have looted businesses and attacked hospitals, have threatened to murder students if they go to school on days of protests.
But the perpetrators have not been police officers or government agents. Most have been hired hands or political activists, allies of the opposition, whose members have called for oil to be poured on roads, for barricades to be built higher, for people to arm themselves with "all available weapons" to confront the police and to "go get" the President in his home. A member of the opposition said recently "we cannot let children go to school because the President is still here."
To such an extraordinary admission of guilt, no one said, "but that kind of egoism is immoral." The silence has been deafening. To read the press releases, almost all of them, the government is the sole actor, and a bad one at that, in this tragedy.
Where are the independent thinkers in Haiti?
Lawyers say the Haitian constitution grants broad freedom of expression, but do they not know about competing interests? Why does one group's ambition for regime or system change override the rights of all others to send their children to school, to drive their car to work, to get their produce to market, to go on a date in a neighborhood restaurant?
As the disruption lingers, and the President continues to confound with a long list of missteps and illegalities, more and more Haitians want him to leave office. But even now, they do not want the opposition as replacement. To the contrary, they dislike them strongly and blame the President's passivity.
Take for example the recent press conference. Within hours, the usual suspects took to the airways to attack a "provocation" and "arrogance." Not the population. Almost to the person, they said the President was cowardly. He did not go far enough. He should have named names. If Haitians ever push Jovenel Moise out of power, it will have been because of his perceived weakness--the unforgivable sin in a leader.
Meanwhile the opposition is well financed and not above using violence, so best not to question the "he must go" mantra.
Perhaps those insisting on an early departure could explain what irreparable harm would come to the Republic if the President was to complete his term.
But no one has asked them to do that. Not publicly.