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Honduras "Coup"

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Posted on July 6 2009 11:04 am
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The Left is complaining about the so-called “coup” in Honduras which resulted in the outster of its president, Manuel Zelaya, a little over a week ago. President Obama got into the act by calling the ouster “illegal.” The Organization of American States suspended Honduras’ membership in retaliation.  And the United Nations General Assembly, under the leadership of Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, passed a unanimous resolution last week demanding Zelaya’s immediate re-instatement. Brockmann, a Sandinista crony of Daniel Ortega, went so far as to accompany Zelaya on his failed attempt to fly back into Honduras and re-claim his power.  By the way, they flew on a Venezuelan plane.

I hate to be the one to break it to the hard left, but Zelaya was removed by order of Honduras’s civil highest court and was replaced by a fellow legislator.  He was ousted because he had defied a court order to desist from efforts to lift the presidential one-term limit stipulated in the Honduran constitution by means of a referendum — the same kind of technique that was used by Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s aspiring president-for-life, to consolidate his power. This technique is more subtle, but no less insidious, than Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent election theft. It’s all a sham of democracy, intended to justify and cloak the projection of extended dictatorial powers.

Honduras followed its own constitution.  And there will be new presidential elections in November as previously scheduled.  The Obama administration, the United Nations, and all other external organizations should stop trying to rewrite the Honduran constitution, or they will be rightfully crticized for attempting to stage their own coup to undermine the institutions of the Honduras republic.

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