Email from Haiti
"You've probably received lots of emails about your post about Haiti yesterday. I am an American living in Haiti, sitting at home right now because there are crowds out burning tires in the streets and the school where I work is closed.
I found it curious that you called the Haiti elections "self-run" - it's true that the CEP is a Haitian body, but we had the UN, the EU, and the OAS helping with the elections, and certainly paying for them (60 million dollars, reportedly, as one friend of ours figured, about $21 US per vote). And to say that everyone accepts the results is a bit premature. First, we don't HAVE official results yet, and secondly, people are marching in the streets protesting the concept that anyone but their candidate could possibly win."
I may have allowed hope to overcome experience. I am grateful for the reality check.