Given the circumstances, it’s understandable that the military would want to keep order, lest violence break out during the distribution of aid. Homeless Haitians greatly outnumbered soldiers and a group of medical workers at the club. In this day of a security-conscious American government, the only way military planners see as the way to keep order, it seems, is to make it difficult for anyone to upset the normal flow of things.
So the only way to keep order is to … keep order? Thanks for the clarification.