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Quietly, Honduras Has Won

Yes I meant to put that in the title.  They have won.  As Investors Business Daily  reports, things have quietly changed to the advantage of Honduras.  While Chavez could run his mouth and the OAS could make threats, the 800 pound gorilla which could really make it miserable for Honduras was the US, and it has quietly backed off its former stance:

In a welcome about-face, the State Department told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Richard Lugar, R-Ind., in a letter Tuesday that the U.S. would no longer threaten sanctions on Honduras for ousting its president, Mel Zelaya, last June 28.

Nor will it insist on Zelaya’s return to power. As it turns out, the U.S. Senate can’t find any legal reason why the Honduran Supreme Court’s refusal to let Zelaya stay in office beyond the time allowed by Honduran law constitutes a “military coup.”

This marks a shift. The U.S. at first supported Zelaya, a man who had been elected democratically but didn’t govern that way. Now they’re reaching out to average Hondurans, the real democrats.

Sure, the U.S. continues to condemn Zelaya’s ouster and still seeks mediation of the dispute through Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. But no U.S. sanctions means Hondurans have won.

You have to admire the little country that stood up to the world and said, “it’s our Constitution, it’s our law and we’re going to enforce it”, and refused to back down.

And it is apparent that our State Department, after its initial knee-jerk reaction, has seemingly come to understand that what happened was done legally and in accordance with the Honduran constitution. The Senate was unable to find anything illegal about the action taken.

Certainly things are not back to normal in Honduras, but with the US backing off, the chances of returning to normal are greatly increased. Congrats to the Honduran people for sticking up for their Constitution and refusing to allow it to be violated, and for demonstrating that no man is above the law.

I just wish we had the same level of respect for our own Constitution.

~McQ

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13 Responses to Quietly, Honduras Has Won

  • Finally in a time when common sense is an uncommon virtue, it prevails.

  • Congratulations Honduras.  Maybe we can learn something from your example and actually follow the laws of this land…

  • My apologies to the Honduran people for this episode. You had to endure a thug as President and luckily for you your Supreme Court stepped in, and the military removed him just as he was about to foist himself on you. It is too bad we have the same situation brewing here in the US. Alas, just 1,200 days until we, the people, remove this thug from our midst and send him back to his cronies in Chicago where he can write all the books and make all the speeches his little Islamic heart can desire. As long as he is no longer fugging up this country, I don’t care what he does.

  • Islamic heart? From what I can see, it is more Marxist than anything else.

  • Found the followings quite interesting:
    As support for Zelaya fades away at Capitol Hill, Obama would be lukewarm about reinstating Honduras leader
    http://www.isria.com/4/20090807_Zelaya.php

    U.S. cooling off on Zelaya’s return as Honduran president
    http://www.upi.com/Emerging_Threats/2009/08/07/US-cooling-off-on-Zelayas-return-as-Honduran-president/UPI-99401249677889/

  • Bruce, can you link your source there?  I’d really like to read that article

  • This is wonderful news indeed.  I wonder if the administration decided to give in because it would’ve been ugly for them if the Republicans decided to make it an issue?  I can’t imagine that they caved because they suddenly realized that what they were doing was wrong.  All of Obama’s political capital is being spent on health care, and Honduras may be thankful for that!

  • Islamic heart? From what I can see, it is more Marxist than anything else.

    The two have far too much overlap to offer a distinction.
     

  • Bruce, can you link your source there?  I’d really like to read that article

    http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=334537207260360

  • Thanks guys!  As the son of Cuban immigrants, I take a keen interest in this stuff and am glad the people of Honduras stopped another Castro/Chavez.

  • Good for Honduras.  Hmmm… Wonder if they’ve got a need for chemists down there??? 

  • Great post. Encouraging news. But as an American, living in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for 14 years now, I’m afraid it’s premature to declare “victory” and relax. There is still a lot of pressure to negotiate reinstatement of Zelaya. The socialist oriented Organization of American States has a delegation coming to Honduras this week. We don’t know what zingers they’ll try to push over on us. Union led thugs tie up traffic daily, and vandalism continues to be severe.
    The cost of lost commerce is severe, and the US still has warnings that its citizens should not travel here. Unwarranted as they are, these travel warnings diminish important tourist revenue.
    US Ambassador to Honduras, Hugo Llorens, a close personal friend of Mel Zelaya continues to nudge Washington to the left on this issue. He is hardly been unbiased, and has been a non-communicative recluse since Zelaya’s expulsion.
    The drug industry had been using Honduras pretty effectively to get the goods to the US, and as always, the payoffs to officials were lucrative. Mary O’Grady of the Wall Street Journal has been doing a good job in keeping up with it. Her latest article, published just yesterday, covers it well
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204251404574340570960456550.html#articleTabs%3Darticle
    Finally, in the last few years, Honduras has acquired a number of “advisors” of dubious intent from Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, and probably Iran. Some were on Zelaya’s staff, and may be gone. But many others went to remote rural locations. Most are still here. Their mission undisclosed. Large arms caches are discovered from time to time.
    What happens next? Hard to tell. It may well improve. But there are a lot of danger signs. It’s too early to declare victory and relax.