For now, a coordinated rush of international humanitarian assistance is needed to save lives and support Haiti's fledgling government. But once that process is in place, no time should be lost in encouraging Haitian officials to set ambitious goals and take charge of the country's recovery. Psychologists tell us that the best time to change minds and mobilize people is when they have experienced a traumatic event. Once things begin to turn for the better, the incentive for substantive change will be lost.
Stephen Johnson, formerly of the Heritage Foundation. If you haven't already heard of HF's hope for "opportunities amidst the suffering" in Haiti, see Naomi Klein.