This piece in the New York Review of Books was pretty influential in shaping my view of the country [Haiti] before the current mess got to the front pages recently. It was very hard on Aristide, and fairly bleak about the prospects for the country under his leadership.

I’m still mulling things over – and I have to say, I haven’t heard many great things about Aristide, even from his defenders – but I’m inclined these days to think that the recent intervention there was a terrible idea. Pogge has a great post on the subject, from a Canadian perspective.

As I say, I’m still mulling things over. But I’m leaning towards Pogge’s view of events.