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Manuel Zelaya: the Mouse that Roared

September 25, 2009

Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya (left) and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gesticulating during happier times


Like a bad penny that keeps coming back, ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya has slipped across the border back into Honduras and is now holed up in the Brazilian embassy, thrusting that country once again into the international spotlight.

Shortly after Zelaya’s attempts at subverting the constitution in an effort to give himself expanded powers (on par with other despots in the region) led to his removal from office a few months ago, media coverage of the event died along with Zelaya’s dreams of a socialist dictatorship.

Amy Goodman and her Marxist entourage at Democracy Now!, however, have not let this story go. They have had specials and “exclusive” reports ad nauseum since Zelaya was shown the door, and their latest reports out of Honduras once again paint a one-sided picture of the events following Zelaya’s midnight ride back into the country in the trunk of a car.

Roberto Micheletti, who heads the interim government, assumed the presidency after Zelaya’s removal and has the support of the military, Congress, Supreme Court, business leaders, and a majority of the population. Although he has called for new elections to be held on November 29, he has endured public scorn from most world leaders, has seen aid to his country dry up, and has been vilified in the world press (especially the leftist press).

And yet, as most world leaders (including our own), shun him, Micheletti has shown the world something: there is no shame in loving your country so much that you are willing to risk everything for it. And despite one-sided reports about the evils of the “coup regime,” there is another issue here that has not been investigated by Goodman or anyone else on the left, namely, the role of Brazil’s Socialist government in interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.

Although it is unknown at this point if the Brazilians were involved in smuggling Zelaya to their embassy, they have been the most vocal in their demands that Zelaya be reinstated as president of Honduras, going so far as to issue a dire warning to the Micheletti Government against raiding its embassy in an attempt to arrest him!

In less than two months, there will be an election, and the left is not barred from fielding a candidate. Zelaya, however, is barred, and despite his efforts to re-write it in his image, the Honduran Constitution prohibits him from serving another term.

Zelaya is irrelevant, and it is time for him to fade away.

  1. Terry permalink
    September 25, 2009 7:00 am

    I have long held that Honduras is a crystal-clear lens through which we see the true character of the Obama administration. It is the question I’ve asked my Leftist (former) friends: how can our president and secretary of state openly support Zelaya and scorn the rule of law in this little country? None can answer, the best I’ve gotten is, “I’ll ask my sources and get back to you.”

    I hope Zelaya can “just go away” but also that the utter embarrassment of our national position can be exposed further than here and in the pages of the WSJ, which has done an exemplary job of displaying the situation. I am not wise enough to understand the purpose of his holing up in the Brazilian embassy, but there must be one. Either he’s a total fool or has someone up his sleeve that has some might.

  2. jbtrevor permalink
    September 25, 2009 8:01 am

    The photo supplied with this piece could easily have been captioned:

    “The two tenors”

  3. Elaine permalink
    September 25, 2009 8:23 am

    Amazing that the people of Honduras who are fighting to be free from despots and dictators also must contend with the wrath of Comrade Obama whose punishment for standing up for freedom is to cut aid as a means of starving people into submission of his will to reinstate Zelaya.

    Birds of a feather flock together and Obama has shown us time and time again he is squarely on the side of despots and dictators and will not take any stand that favors democracy or the rule of law.

  4. carterthewriter permalink
    September 25, 2009 9:01 am

    Is it any wonder that Hillary supports Zelaya, their mannerism are analogous.

  5. metakid permalink
    September 25, 2009 9:58 am

    See, fading away is exactly what Zeleya wants to prevent. He’s so hungry for power that he might not even recognise the upcoming elections – at least that’s what Micheletti seems to be suggesting. I wonder why the Obama administration still seems to vilify Micheletti.

    • Swemson permalink
      September 25, 2009 11:18 am

      Because Barry and Zelaya are birds of the same feather…

      • carterthewriter permalink
        September 25, 2009 1:59 pm

        Similar birds in our White House, too.

        • Swemson permalink
          September 25, 2009 8:43 pm

          Besides Barry ?

  6. Joseph White permalink
    September 26, 2009 8:46 am

    It is a shame that our country, which is rooted in liberty and self determination and rule of law is siding with a socialist who wants to remake Honduras into Venezuala or Cuba.

    Our socialist president has twice called for the honduran people to take back the man who tried to violate their constitution, even though a majority of the freedom loving people in that country backed his expulsion.

  7. Brian permalink
    September 26, 2009 12:17 pm

    yesterday in La Nación (Argentina paper from BsAs) it was stated that there are several questions concerning Brazil’s status in Zelaya’s stay at the embassy. In regards to the the article above, though Brazil is fairly left wing, in comparison to many in Latin America it is more conservative. This being said, Brazil doesn’t really wish to “rock the boat” too much with it’s neighbors since it is trying to deal with other serious interal issues like gangs, FARC, and Islamic terrorist groups in it’s backyard (look at the tri-county border).

    Now even with Brazil seemingly being a willing participant with Manny’s return, there really isn’t much being stated from Brazil about their stance. I haven’t really found much to lend a real leeway on way or the other aside from the initial statements when the legal arrest was executed. I shall be looking for more though and reading the above related links. I can say that due to Zelaya now “residing” int he Embassy, many of the Brazlian congress members are quite upset about this and view it as not being a political asylum as once stated.

    Thus far, the US has severed the financial aide to Honduras, and is now threatening to several the trade pacts was well. Honduras’ economy is driven by the US’ buying of 75% of their exports. Aside from the visas being revoked and denied for the current government, they have one last nail to hammer into the coffin of their democracy left.

    Lets all pray and give our support in whatever means we may to those fighting for their liberty, and perhaps they may be able to overcome the trials they face and emmerge a much stronger country for it.

  8. Joe the Spook permalink
    September 26, 2009 1:24 pm

    On NPR this morning the newscast described Zelaya as having been “deposed by the military.” I can only assume that they think that all of their listeners are of the same mind, like the fool who called for a boycott of Whole Foods because “progressives “shop there.

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