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10 Americans, mostly Baptists from Idaho, were arrested in Haiti for trying to move 33 children across the Dominican Republic border illegally.  Obviously we don’t have the whole story, but assuming they had the childrens’ best interests in mind, does that mitigate anything?

As you can see in the photo, they look like very nice people.  But sometimes Americans have a righteous sense of their mission in life when we go to other countries and feel like the laws in those countries shouldn’t apply to us.  Especially not when we’re so certain we’re in the right.

The Haitian government is apparently going to allow them to be prosecuted under U.S. Law.  I hope we show good faith and take the case seriously.

The photo comes from this NY Times story.

Addendum: Here’s a more recent story, containing this disturbing paragraph.  But again, we have very few facts.

“We already know that some of these children still have parents because an elder girl, maybe 8 or 9 years old, told us crying, ‘I am not an orphan. I do have my parents. I thought I was going to boarding school or to a summer camp,'” Willeit said.

In the SF Bay Guardian’s tradition of “best of” lists, they’ve added pot club reviews to the mix.

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