Assigned Reading: Subverting Honduran Democracy
(FROM: The Washington Times)
The shameful siege of Honduras continues. In the past few weeks, the United States has cut more than $30 million in non-humanitarian aid, suspended most visa services and sided with Venezuela, Cuba and other of Latin America’s worst dictatorships in undermining democracy. Meanwhile, the people of Honduras are desperately trying to maintain their freedom and prevent the return of a regime that Washington is committed to forcing down their throats.
The United States rushed to the wrong side of this issue when former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was ousted on June 28, and since then it has reinforced a bad policy. Rather than seek means of mitigating the crisis, the United States clings obdurately to demands that Mr. Zelaya be returned to power. The “San Jose process,” a peace initiative brokered by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias that the United States supports, would place Mr. Zelaya in office to serve out the rest of his term, which ends in January. But the Honduran government – all of it, the president, Congress and the Supreme Court – has determined that Mr. Zelaya’s ouster was a legal response to his illegal attempts to rig a referendum to establish himself as president for life. This scheme followed the model of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.
We’ve touched upon the ongoing situation in Honduras several times here at America’s Right, perhaps most notably in Honduras and Barack Obama’s ‘Justice-Driven’ Foreign Policy. For that reason, and because I’m trying to stock up on good, evergreen material for you readers for throughout the week (as I try desperately to gain footing at home in personal matters), I’m not going to reiterate those points now.
Still, as Chairman Obama plays diplomat-in-chief at the U.N. Security Council this week, I think it’s important for everybody to reacquaint themselves with his administration’s handling of the Honduran crisis, and this Washington Times piece is an excellent resource for doing just that.