Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A great article, and a short update.

Great article by the Wall Street Journal.

Finally, people are writing fairly on the whole story. A good quote:

"It remains to be seen what Mr. Zelaya's next move will be. It's not surprising that chavistas throughout the region are claiming that he was victim of a military coup. They want to hide the fact that the military was acting on a court order to defend the rule of law and the constitution, and that the Congress asserted itself for that purpose, too."

In other updates: The courts here have finally issued arrest orders for Zelaya, should he ever return to Honduras.

He has been saying all day that he plans to return on Thursday. The new government has said that he is free to return, but that he will be arrested and then taken to trial. I think I heard that there are now 12 arrest warrants out for him. Youch.

Really, the most important thing that article points out is that the new government is acting ENTIRELY inside the law. Unlike Zelaya did. This is NOT a military coup. The military is NOT in power here. The military acted on JUDICIAL orders. The article makes a very interesting point on how Zelaya was given a choice between exile and trial. I hadn't heard that. That is very, very interesting.

"Besides opposition from the Congress, the Supreme Court, the electoral tribunal and the attorney general, the president had also become persona non grata with the Catholic Church and numerous evangelical church leaders."

Honduras is a very, very conservative country. We are not a radical people. We do not like change being forced on us. I think that Zelaya lost a huge amount of people on his side once the Church started condemning his illegal actions. The Church, for better or for worse, is very important to a great deal of people here. When Zelaya started hurling insults their way, that made many, many people unhappy. Disgusted, even. Particularly when Zelaya has always claimed to be a very religious man himself.

Finally, I really like how that article points out the 'friends' that Zelaya has been keeping these last few months. Again, the US in particular really needs to look at his relationship with Chavez and other radical Presidents.

I think I'm starting to see a shift here. While the large majority of international opinion is swayed towards Zelaya, the tide is, maybe, starting to turn. I'm seeing more reports done from inside Honduras (CNN Spanish has been particularly great at reporting both sides of the question), the support for the new government here is overwhelming, and things are staying calm. So, staying hopeful. We'll see on Thursday.


Here's another great article from last Friday:


It's a good to read because it's important to remember that all of last week the press (the few that were reporting on the situation) was largely condemning Zelaya. And now he's being made to look a martyr.

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