And here I thought Haiti’s cruel fate had much to do with the legacy of slavery, colonial rule and the subsequent quasi-imperial interference from regional powers and monied interests.  But alas, there is a simpler explanation.  Call it, Beelzebub’s Razor, as explained by Pat Robertson (and really, who better to explain Satan’s M.O. than Pat Robertson):

Christy, something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French, Napoleon III or whatever, and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said we will serve you if you get us free from the French. True story. So the devil said okay it’s a deal, so the Hatians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since then they have been cursed by one thing after another. Desperately poor, the island of Hispanola is one side, on the one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts et cetera, Haiti is in desperate poverty. They need to have, and we need to pray for them, and out of this tragedy. I’m optimistic something good may come, but right now we’re helping the suffering people and the suffering is unimaginable.

One wonders how large a percentage of the population would constitute a sufficient quorum when seeking to ink a binding contract with Satan.  I mean, it seems awfully unfair to the folks that couldn’t attend the meeting, but who were later informed of their eternal damnation by proxy.   

Also, why was Satan involving himself on the side of the enslaved in the first place?  Seems like the other side of the ledger would be his preferred milieu, but then, I’m probably just forgetting my Frederick Douglass.