- The Washington Times - Friday, February 12, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

News about the American missionaries being detained in Haiti for attempting to get children out of the country (“Missionaries in Haiti face kidnap charges,” Geopolitics, Friday) is as absurd as it is disturbing.

It is the height of insult for the Haitian government to question the intentions of these missionaries after our government promised $100 million in financial aid to Haiti.

It is also disturbing about the lack of involvement by our government. While President Obama was quick to offer aid to the Haitian people, he did not even send an American representative to be on hand for the preliminary hearing of the missionaries on Feb. 4. Instead of being allowed to leave the country, it appears the missionaries could be detained for as long as three months for the Haitian government to investigate whether crimes were committed.

Is this a joke? These are decent American citizens who left the comfort of their homes to get involved in the lives of children who might have no other hope. Mr. Obama, if there ever existed a modern time for the words “Let my people go!” it is now.

ED MULVANEY JR.

Anniston, Ala.

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