Monday, June 29, 2009

What hope and change really means

A nutshell history of the recent Honduran turmoil:

'[President of Honduras] Zelaya wants a referendum to be held this Sunday that would allow voters in the upcoming presidential elections in November to also vote on rewriting the constitution. Zelaya's term is scheduled to end in January.

Most recently, rewriting the Constitution is one of the trademarks of Chavista-style regimes like Ecuador and Bolivia, but the maneuver is not limited to them.'

'Zelaya was arrested right before the voting on the referendum was scheduled to start. The referendum had been declared unlawful by the country’s courts.'

'Background on the referendum, which Zelaya insisted on in spite of it having been declared unlawful:

* When the armed forces refused to distribute the ballots, Zelaya fired the chief of the armed forces, Gen. Romeo Vásquez, and the defense minister, the head of the army and the air force resigned in protest.
* Yesterday the Supreme Court ordered by a 5-0 vote that Vásquez be reinstated.
* Honduras’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal ordered authorities to pick up all the ballots and electoral material, which were held by the country’s air force.
* The country’s Attorney General requested yesterday that Congress oust Zelaya.
* The courts have declared the referendum unlawful. Last Tuesday the Congress passed a law preventing the holding of referendums or plebiscites 180 days before or after general elections. Congress has also named a commission to investigate Zelaya.

This is the first coup in Honduras since 1982 when a democratically elected civilian government came to power.'

Actually, its not a coup at all.

"'Honduras’ La Prensa states that (Fausta's Blog Translation:

'An official statement of the Supreme Court of Justice explained that the Armed Forces acted under lawful grounds when detaining the President of the Republic, and by decommissioning the materials to be used on the illegal poll which aimed to bring forth Executive Power against a judicial order.

Other sources verified that the president of the Congress, Roberto Micheletti, will assume the presidency of the republic in a few hours.

Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was detained this morning by the military in compliance with an order of the courts of law.'"

So, to recap- Now Ex-Presidente Manuel Zelaya, Chavist stooge, was trying to get the constitution changed, against the will of the whole of the rest of government and the state and the people of Honduras. His plebiscite was deemed illegal by the Supreme Court of Justice of Honduras, but he went ahead with it anyway. Thats because he wanted un-limited terms in executive power. And now...

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'Hugo Chavez declared that “we are not going to watch with our arms crossed the goings-on in Honduras,” and insisted “we will do what we will have to do so the sovereignty of the Honduran people will be respected.”'

'Nicaraguan paper La Prensa Gráfica reports that the Venezuelan ambassador to the Organization of American States claims that the ambassadors for Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua in Honduras were kidnapped, hooded, and beaten. OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza announced he will travel to Honduras.' He's a disinterested observer! Can't think why he'd invent a bullshit story like that...

'Chavez warns Honduras with “war” if anything happens to the Venezuelan ambassador in Honduras. (Fausta's Blog translation)

President Hugo Chavez has warned the Honduran military behind the coup today with “war” if anything happens to our ambassador in Tegucigalpa, or if the Venezuelan embassy is taken.

Chavez said that it would be “a declaration of war” and Venezuela would be forced to send troops. “The Venezuelan Armed Forces are on alert.”

“The military junta would be entering on a de-facto state of war. We would have to act even militarily. I wouldn’t be able to remain with my arms crossed knowing they are assaulting our ambassador.”' Oh, that's why.

So, to continue my recapping- Hugo Chavez is deeply annoyed that his implementation of stooges in all the countries bordering his own has hit a snag. In Honduras, they just don't want a stooge for Presidente. So he has gone all sulky and threatening. Diddums. But now the killer- which side is the President of the United States going to support?

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Clinton urges condemnation of Honduran action

'Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the action taken against Honduras’ president should be condemned by everyone.'

Well, absolutely! We can't have the mere people of Honduras running their own affairs when Hugo Chavez has already set his sights on doing that, can we?

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