Strangling Democracy and the Rule of Law in Honduras
posted at 6:23 pm on September 22, 2009 by Jimmie Bise, Jr
This is a developing story, from CNN (via @MarkImpomeni on Twitter).
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, has closed because of the “fluid” situation there, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Tuesday.
What Ian Kelley did not say is that the “fluid” situation, which today means near riots in the streets that the government is having to handle with tear gas and water cannons, is something the State Department and the Obama administration caused. Without our attempts to force Honduras to reject its own laws and Constitution, there would be no aborning crisis right now.
Presently, the former President of Honduras, Mel Zelaya is holed up in the Brazilian Embassy in the Honduran capital. His supporters had surrounded the embassy before law enforcement dispersed them. The Honduran authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Zelaya and are asking that Brazil either turn him over to them or grant him asylum. It is very clear that Zelaya’s presence inside the country, after a unanimous Supreme Court decision ordered the military to remove him, is exacerbating the situation and our government has only been heaping the kindling higher each day. Secretary of State Clinton’s claim that putting Zelaya back in office would “get Honduras back to constitutional and democratic rule” ought to stick in the craw of anyone who can read the plain and incontrovertible language of the Honduran constitution. That we will allow a leading member of the wicked Burmese junta to enter our country, but have banned law-abiding members of the Honduran government from doing the same is shameful.
Here is truth. Until the Obama administration, standing alongside Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, tried to force the de jure government of Honduras to ignore its own laws, the country was stable and as peaceful as one could be that was being condemned by petty tyrants and their lickspittle in Washington. Today, it is not and the United States of America is to blame.