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Mr. Billion
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He claims he was kidnapped by the United States, the United States claims he went willingly. His guards say they're protecting him, he says they're holding him captive.

Aristide says, "The world must know it was a coup. I was kidnapped. I was forced out. That's what happened. I did not resign. I did not go willingly. I was forced to go."

Colin Powell says he's just making stuff up: "He was not kidnapped. We did not force him onto the airplane. He went on the airplane willingly and that's the truth."

It sounds rather fishy. When one person says he's being kidnapped and the alleged kidnapper says they're just out for a stroll, it's hard not to give the supposed kidnapee some credence. Still, I don't doubt that Aristide is rather corrupt, so it's hard to know how far to trust him.

What's everybody else think? Do you buy his story, or Powell's? Or are they both imbellished?

[Actually, since the fact that he's made the claim is not disputed, this should be in Soap Box Derby instead of here. Sorry.]

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I remember hearing on "Democracy Now" that some of his supporters sent a plane to pick him up where he is being held, challenging them to release him if he truly was not a captive.

Unfortunately it was a while ago and so I can't find a link... anyone know more?

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The Rubber Chicken
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I have a feeling they are both telling half the truth. He was probably "politely nudged" onto a plane and taken from Haiti. That or the U.S. "strongly suggested" that he relinquish power and leave.

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