DAY 7: COUP GOVERNMENT IN HONDURAS WITHDRAWS FROM OAS
SATURDAY, JULY 4, 2009 DAY 7: COUP GOVERNMENT IN HONDURAS WITHDRAWS
Well, it's official! The Organization of American States (OAS) doesn't need
to bother suspending Honduras from the OAS because the coup government has
decided it is withdrawing from the most important regional body in the
Americas. Roberto Micheletti, the dictator who was sworn in as de facto
president in Honduras on Sunday, after the democratically elected president
Manuel Zelaya was kidnapped at gunpoint by masked soldiers and forced into
exile, has said, "to hell with you OAS", "we don't need you either!" During
Secretary General of the OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza's visit to the Central
American nation to hand deliver the 72-hour ultimatum demanding the coup
government step down or face suspension (the most severe sanction the OAS
can impose), coup leader Roberto Micheletti gave a speech before supporters
and later issued a formal statement withdrawing Honduras from the OAS,
declaring, "we don't have to respond to anybody, we are a sovereign nation".
The OAS visit was intended to reach some kind of dialogue or solution to the
crisis in Honduras since the coup occurred on early Sunday morning, yet the
coup government held tight to its position of power.
On Saturday, the OAS will convene a new meeting to review the results of its
failure in Honduras and the decision of the coup government to defiantly
ignore the regional body's intentions to resolve the conflict peacefully (if
that is even possible at this point). Several presidents, such as Cristina
Fernandez of Argentina and Rafael Correa of Ecuador will travel to
Washington for the special OAS follow up meeting to the Honduran crisis.
President Zelaya had hoped to return Saturday to his elected post, yet the
situation in his country, post-coup, is more complicated than originally
imagined. Hondurans supporting Zelaya marched cross the nation to the
capital, Tegucigalpa, on Friday to send a message to the OAS General
Secretary that they are waiting for their legitimate president to return.
If the Obama administration doesn't formally sanction the coup government in
Honduras and suspend all relations, as every other country around the world
has done so far, a terrible precedent will be set in the hemisphere,
allowing for coups that produce "friendly" results for Washington. The
United States is pleased with the outcome of Sunday's coup, which deposed a
leftist president aligned with countries like Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia,
but at the same time is not happy with the method - a military coup- to
achieve the end goal. However, if Washington continues without firmly
condemning the coup government's actions and withdrawal from the OAS, Obama
will lose all credibility in Latin America.
July 4, 2009 Honduras Pulls Out of the
[image: robertomichelettigrits.jpg]Freedom's savior, the Honduran coup
dictatorship of Roberto Micheletti, just dropped
the Organization of American States. It happened late last night so we'll
have to wait a full day for the Washington Post to explain all of the hidden
democratic undertones. In the meantime let's speculate on why this is a such
great moment for constitutional democracy:
� The OAS was trampling all over Honduras' newly militarized system of
checks and balances.
� Sometimes a country needs just to "find itself" through a period of
introspection and deep diplomatic isolation.
� By uniting the hemisphere in consensus, the multilateral institution was
"acting unilaterally" against a sovereign nation.
Haha that last one is Micheletti's official position. This guy is a moron.
Honduran military official admits to
top Honduran military lawyer admitted that the forceful removal of President
Manuel Zelaya was illegal.
In an interview conducted to the websites of the Miami
Honduran daily El Faro, Col. Herberth Bayardo Inestroza said that the
military broke the law duringlast Sunday�s
�We know there was a crime there,� said the coronel who served as the head
legal counsel to the Honduran military and added that the correct legal
action would�ve been to make him stand trial for abuse of power.
Nonetheless, Inestroza admitted that the country had become a powder keg
reasy to explode due to Zelaya. Furthermore, exiling Zelaya to Costa Rica
was necessary in order to avoid nationwide violence according to the
So when the powers of state united in demanding his ouster, the military put
a pajama-clad Zelaya on a plane and sent him to Costa Rica. The rationale:
Had Zelaya been jailed, throngs of loyal followers would have erupted into
chaos and demanded his release with violence.
''What was more beneficial, remove this gentleman from Honduras or present
him to prosecutors and have a mob assault and burn and destroy and for us to
have to shoot?'' he said. ``If we had left him here, right now we would be
burying a pile of people.''
Honduran appointed president Roberto Micheletti has tried to buy time in the
midst of massive international
He backed down from his hard-line of holding presidential elections in
November and floated the idea of permitting early
Nevertheless, the Organization of American States may boot Honduras out of
the bloc asearly as
protests grow against the interim government and the figure
(A reference to the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet who came into
power in a 1973 coup.)
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