Zelaya return a bust?

posted at 11:36 am on September 23, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The return of Manuel Zelaya to Honduras has not gone according to the leftists’ plans, according to a report by the AP this morning.  Instead of attracting throngs of supporters to carry him back to power, the deposed president has instead seen his small amount of supporters drift away from the Brazilian embassy, where Zelaya has been hiding since his surreptitious return to Tegulcigapa.  Even the Brazilians now seem less than enthusiastic about his presence:

Diplomats and activists streamed out of the increasingly isolated Brazilian Embassy in Honduras where ousted President Manuel Zelaya holed up with a shrinking core of supporters and relatives, prompting Brazil to urge the U.N. Security Council to guarantee the compound’s safety.

Zelaya’s backers ventured out at several points in Honduras’ capital to skirmish with police, after hundreds of their colleagues were routed by baton-wielding soldiers from the street in front of the embassy and police roadblocks sealed off the mission building Tuesday. Authorities denied local media reports that three people died in the confrontation. …

The government briefly set up loudspeakers near the embassy and shut off water and power to the building, apparently to harass Zelaya’s supporters inside. At least 85 Zelaya supporters and part of the embassy’s staff later left the building; none were detained. Services were later restored to the building.

Wow!  Zelaya got a whole eighty-five supporters to come to the Brazilian embassy, huh?  Impressive!  That’s about the size of the average college-football team, although it appears that most of those do a better job of rushing and tackling.

It’s not for lack of trying.  The UN apparently tried catering the event, sending a truck out for food.  Thanks to the crisis created entirely by Zelaya and a global community anxious to reinstall a leader removed for violating his country’s constitution, the only food they could find was hot dogs, which the UN dutifully delivered.

So now we find out the answer to the age-old question: what if you threw a revolution and no one came?  The answer is that the world will cater it for you, but for the most part, they will refuse to acknowledge that your revolution is remarkably unpopular.

Be sure to read Fausta Wertz for more on this crisis.


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Too bad Honduras isn’t a more prosperous country otherwise its President would have told the Brazilian Ambassador and all its staff they have twenty four hours to give up Mr. Zelaya or everyone’s visa in the Embassy would be voided and they would be sent packing for subversion against the legitimate government of Honduras.

eaglewingz08 on September 23, 2009 at 1:38 PM

1. to make a case for worldwide changes to all constitutions allowing presidents for life and all that crap.
2. Helping to spread and entrench Chavismo in Latin America

This is the result but what are they saying is the reason for protecting this guy? I can’t grasp what they “think” they are doing or the basis.

Haunches on September 23, 2009 at 1:39 PM

What do you people think of Honduras’ ultimatum to Brazil, either give Zelaya asylum in Brazil or turn him over to the authorities?

Brazil is calling for a Security Council meeting to discuss breaches of international law when Honduras cut the power, water and comm lines to their embassy. Not that I expect a fair shake in the Security Council, but isn’t Brazil breaking a few international laws for harboring a person with multiple CRIMINAL (not just political)counts against him, and allowing their embassy to be used to promote an uprising in the host country?

AverageJoe on September 23, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Doesn’t PLM use curly braces to delinate blocks?

MarkTheGreat on September 23, 2009 at 1:31 PM

The pascal I used in 1989-90 did not.

WashJeff on September 23, 2009 at 1:41 PM

There is no truth to the rumor that John McCarthy, designer of LISP, had a second job as a parentheses salesman.

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

VekTor on September 23, 2009 at 1:34 PM

And with that comment I KNOW you used LISP.

WashJeff on September 23, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Stupidest language I learned in college, LISP.

WashJeff on September 23, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Wow, that takes me back. Dude, LISP was wretched.

NickelAndDime on September 23, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Fausta’s Blog reported a rumor (emphasis on rumor) that the Brazilians were going to try to pass Zelaya off to the US, which would get him out of the country and perhaps to the US.

Wethal on September 23, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Zelaya to become “Green Czar”

Haunches on September 23, 2009 at 1:53 PM

This is the result but what are they saying is the reason for protecting this guy? I can’t grasp what they “think” they are doing or the basis.

Haunches on September 23, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Obama says he is protecting Hondurans from military despotism arising from a coup, and insisting that Honduras follow the rule of law (but obviously not their own law).

But I don’t know why you think there is necessarily any relationship between why he says he is doing what he’s doing and why he is doing what is doing.

The way I see it, there are two choices: his goals are indeed to help spread and entrench Chavismo, or he and his state department opened their mouths too soon without knowing the facts and are too bullheaded to admit they were wrong and change their position. Neither option is pretty.

ProfessorMiao on September 23, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Another Obama initiative bites the dust. Hoo and ray.

Basilsbest on September 23, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Hondurans are racist.

LibertyBoyNYC on September 23, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Wow, people are thinking about the code post way too much…

For the record, it’s just gibberish. I’m a scientist, not a programmer.

DangerHighVoltage on September 23, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Strangely fair AP article. Big change from their previous knicker-twisting about a coup.

entropent on September 23, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Maybe the U.S. President can get a lesson in statemanship from the government of Honduras.

You know, that little thingy about government of laws, not men?

Steve Z on September 23, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Strangely fair AP article. Big change from their previous knicker-twisting about a coup.

entropent on September 23, 2009 at 3:01 PM

It may be sinking in to Obama, the world and the MSM that Honduras won’t blink and that Zelaya is a corrupt, unpopular, power-grabbing whackjob.

Wethal on September 23, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Zelaya to become “Green Gringo Czar”

Haunches on September 23, 2009 at 1:53 PM

[It begged to be fixed...really it did. ]

coldwarrior on September 23, 2009 at 3:26 PM

What would the leftist’s favorite guys, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, do with someone like Zelaya in Cuba?

RJL on September 23, 2009 at 3:38 PM

The little turd wouldn’t have been able to even return quietly if it hadn’t been for the encouragement shown to him by Chief Czar Obama and the feckless Department of State.

wepeople on September 23, 2009 at 6:35 PM

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