Monday, August 10, 2009
Good News About Honduras
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."
We're still making noise about reconciliation and negotiation regarding the would be dictator but without our threatening sanctions, Zelaya is out. Good Riddance.
Do I have the story wrong? President Zelaya attempted to alter the Honduran constitution to allow him additional term(s). His attempt to do so was illegal.
He was then ousted from office and escorted outside the country by the Honduran military under orders from the Honduran Supreme Court.
Arguably, this was not a "military coup" b/c the military never assumed power.
It was certainly a coup d'etat.
How you view it depends on your perspective. I do not have a problem w/ the coup d'etat b/c Zelaya was acting illegally in an effort to become mini Chavez. In my opinion, the fewer Chavezes the better.
If you are a Zelaya or Chavez fan, you probably do not look past the fact that Zelaya was disinvited from office by force.
No, it wasn't a coup.