The Honduran army ousted leftist President Manuel Zelaya and exiled him on Sunday in Central America’s first military coup since the Cold War, after he upset the army by trying to seek another term in office.
Speaking on Venezuelan state television, Chavez — who has long championed the left in Latin America — said he would do everything necessary to abort the coup against his close ally.
A military plane flew Zelaya to Costa Rica and CNN’s Spanish-language channel said he had asked for asylum there.
After Zelaya “upset” the Army? Tsk tsk, Reuters…. it is much more than that, as you shall see.
But the Reuter’s “journalist” (ha… a bit of humor there) is not alone in misinforming the world on Zelaya’s story, and masking the truth. Also racing to defend Zelaya is the American POTUS… apparently now unafraid to “meddle” in foreign affairs while parroting the same meaningless words ” deeply concerned”:
“I am deeply concerned by reports coming out of Honduras regarding the detention and expulsion of President Mel Zelaya. As the Organization of American States did on Friday, I call on all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. Any existing tensions and disputes must be resolved peacefully through dialogue free from any outside interference,” President Obama said in a brief statement on Sunday morning.
Interesting that the big Zero and (when it comes to Iranian human abuse and election fraud) Eunuch in Chief now solemnly evokes what he casts aside as unimportant INRE Iran… the promotion of democracy and the rule of law.
INRE Obama’s sudden fascination with promoting democracy, he uses a charter, the Inter-American Democratic Charter that plainly states it exists to encourage the spread of democracy in the Americas’ hemisphere. Apparently, this WH occupant needs a formal document to stand up for human rights and freedom in the world.
But that bit about “rule of law” has got to be an idiot test. If “rule of law” is behind Obama’s newly discovered balls to meddle with such strong statements (or so the media and lib/progressives insist they are) like “deeply concerned”, one may consider that it was Zelaya, himself, who was ignoring the Honduras “rule of law”. It was his insistence to hold a referendum vote to change the nation’s Constitution that the Honduras Congress, the electoral tribunal, and their Supreme Court stated was illegal.
After Congress declared the Sunday referendum illegal, Zelaya found himself in a standoff with the country’s main institutions. Honduras’ Supreme Court and electoral tribunal also declared the referendum illegal and, when the armed forces refused to distribute the ballots, Zelaya ousted armed forces chief General Romeo Vásquez. Top army officials and the defense minister resigned in protest. The court ordered Vásquez reinstated, Zelaya refused, and the attorney general said Congress should force the president to step down, questioning his mental stability. The Catholic Church in Honduras joined in voicing opposition to the referendum.
While the afore linked article on the Council of the America’s site suggests that what would be amended in the Honduras Constitution was not clear, the results of a successful amendment were blatantly clear.. the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of other Latin American presidents, such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, and Colombia’s Álvaro Uribe by extending or removing Presidential term limits.
Quite frankly, the man deserved to be ousted. But very revealing is Obama’s quick support, along with the EU, for Zelaya… an unpopular Marxist/leftist leader with even less popularity in his nation that Bush had in the US at his lowest point.
It might be poignant to note that this same treaty was evoked for the first time in April of 2002, when a coup temporarily removed Chavez for about 47 hours. The EU and Mexico’s Vicente cried “foul”, citing the charter, while the Bush admin threw it’s support to the new government. Chavez and the British newspaper, The Observer (via a Guardian report) accused Bush officials (including Elliot Abrams, Otto Reicht, Ollie North and John Negroponte) of aiding in the orchestrating of the coup d’etat. The coup was reversed before a General Assembly of charter members could be formed.
Looking retrospect… leaving that despot in power was a lost opportunity. Circumstances of that rebellion are completely different that Zelaya’s. In today’s case of Honduras, the exiled President is clearly governing against Honduras law. His ouster should stand.