Bill Clinton grimaced Friday as he recalled the severe embargo he oversaw as president against Haiti's then-brutal regime, a move that destroyed the very economy he is now fighting to revive.
Clinton said the action was necessary to end a junta's brutal and illegal rule. A decade and a half later, the now-UN Special Envoy to Haiti believes the country has its best chance yet to recover from a decision whose effects are still felt today.
"I hated it," Clinton told reporters at a private pier he hopes will be used by a revived garment export industry. "But when you have people being burned to death with tires around their neck, that's important too. We had to bring an end to that."