The New Statesman offers up some quotations from a review by Slavoj Zizek of Peter Hallward’s Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment. One seems pertinent juxtaposed to the statements by Pat Robertson in the video.
Haiti was an exception from the very beginning, from its revolutionary fight against slavery, which ended in independence in January 1804. “Only in Haiti,” Hallward notes, “was the declaration of human freedom universally consistent. Only in Haiti was this declaration sustained at all costs, in direct opposition to the social order and economic logic of the day”… Denounced by Talleyrand as “a horrible spectacle for all white nations”, the “mere existence of an independent Haiti” was itself an intolerable threat to the slave-owning status quo. Haiti thus had to be made an exemplary case of economic failure, to dissuade other countries from taking the same path.