Flying out and seeing a bay of freedom from the window of the airplane, I thought back to a rag tag sinking ‘boat’ that came limping into Guantanamo, a safe haven, they hoped.
A Haitian ‘WAR SHIP’ no longer than 60 feet, and taking on water as fast as the pumps could work and the men bailing for life and it was still sinking.
The Bay patrol told them not to enter, this was USA property and restricted, but the little boat came anyway. They tied up at the pier within 75 feet of my Sherry’s working space. the men on the boat were immediately detained. That is when their sad story came out.
As most folks know, Haiti was ruled by Papa Doc Duvalier. To some he was a benevolent Dictator but to most he was a Tyrant. Life became even worse for Haitians when Baby Doc took charge. More folks were starving as Baby doc got richer.
There was a time that the rag-tag military of Haiti talked of revolt. The Navy (such as it was) also agreed. On a certain day at 1200 hours, the navy would fire on the Dictators Palace. The Army would then attack the Palace and take Baby Doc prisoner.
On the day assigned, only one boat fired at the Palace. You guessed it, our delinquent little ship was the only one to follow the plan every one else changed their minds. The skipper and his small crew made a hasty get away with their ‘friends’ firing at them.
They made it to GITMO. The USA and BABY Doc were ‘friends’ so we were between a rock and a hard place, but the USA did protect the crew. Their families were killed and an even sadder situation, a radio repairman was on the boat at the time. He was not part of the plan, but his family was killed also.
Haiti is such a poor little country and it is sad that they cannot get leadership that can help them rise out of poverty.
This situation was heart breaking to us on GITMO who felt for the military crew, understanding full well what it meant for those men to go against their political leader, a Dictator. they would be under death sentence and their family would suffer greatly. Revolting against a Dictator is a very dangerous path to follow.
With all its faults. I love our freedom in the USA.
They tell me the snow is most gone in the North Woods. I hope Woody’s place is snow free now. I borrowed the pictures for him.