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On Coup Anniversary, Examining the US Role in Honduras


#1

On Coup Anniversary, Examining the US Role in Honduras

Pamela Spees

Today marks seven years since the coup d’etat in Honduras – the day that former President Manuel Zelaya was kidnapped by the Honduran army and then flown out of the country from an air field controlled by the U.S. military. That event sent shockwaves through the region and the world and was denounced by the United Nations, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the European Union. Honduras was suspended temporarily from the OAS.


#3

Excellent article, but why is it the article never references the then U.S. Secretary of State even once? The only mention of Clinton is in the picture above the article.

Clinton became Secretary of State on Jan. 21, 2009. The coup happened in June 2009.

"Clinton pursued a contradictory policy of appearing to back the restoration of democracy in Honduras while actually undermining efforts to get Zelaya back into power."


#5

Clinton (and Obama) are guilty as sin when it comes to Honduran coup. This is the kind of thing that makes me sick to be from the US. Though I (mistakenly) voted for Obama on 2008, I won't make that error again by supporting Clinton.


#6

Seven years later, no senior official at U.S. Southern Command who actively participated in promoting the coup has been punished in any way. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?


#7

Even partisan articles, such as this one, should be read. Along with other points of view.

Not mentioned in this article or in the comments is that Pres. Zelaya had violated Honduran Law and Constitution in seeking the 'right' to get re-elected, and that he was using public rallies and demonstrations, of the just-this-side-of-violence sort to promote his illegal re-election ploy, and that his supporters had violently broken into warehouses to seize ballots.

Quote from the article:
"Fast forward to Honduras after the 2009 coup: Here, the U.S. government helped to undermine democracy and the strong resistance that formed in the wake of the coup when it worked against the restoration of the democratically-elected president and pushed for the recognition of an election that was boycotted by respected election observers who saw no possibility of a free and fair process in the circumstances at the time."

The public position of the USA at the time was that Honduras must restore Pres. Zelaya to power before any thing else was done to restore constitutional order in Honduras. Although the US publicly gave in after Honduras held new elections, I doubt that Robert Michelletti and the others have been taken off the USA's deny-visas list.
-- Note that most of Pres. Zelaya's own party repudiated him after he was removed from office, and that within hours of the army removing him the Congress met and approved the removal.
-- Also note that to leftists, the order doesn't much matter: they denounced the removal of Ukraine's President, who fled office hours AFTER the Parliament voted to curb his powers and schedule early elections.
-- It sure looks like 'Who' and where who sits on the ideological spectrum matters to leftists more than 'what' 'why' or 'how'.