The time is approaching for Zelaya’s departure from Honduras, this time with his tail between his legs. Even as Pepe Lobo will take over as president in less than 15 hours, Zelaya does not dare to face justice. Some hero for the left!
Let it be clear that Zelaya was not deposed for switching from a liberal to a communist platform in the middle of his term – although he did – but for attempting a coup d’état, an autogolpe. The poster below is from Zelaya’s new political base, representing (according to the last election) at the most a few per cent of the population.
This movement does not recognize the last election. They consider the democratic government of Honduras an “oligarchic dictatorship,” regardless of who is the president. Their one and only goal is to overthrow the form of government. They do not limit themselves to legal methods in their fight. In fact, they do not recognize the laws of the republic, and they do not recognize the authority of the forces who uphold law and order. They won’t tell you any of this to your face, but it follows from their positions.
This is Zelaya’s political base in Honduras. This is the “democracy” the world is supporting.
Meanwhile, the Honduran Congress, hard pressed by foreign powers (read: U.S.A.), has started debating an amnesty bill again. Hondurans don’t want it, mostly because they want to see Zelaya to pay for his alleged crimes, but the “resistencia” because they want to see Micheletti to pay for his alleged “military coup” (even though it has now been proven in court that it was no coup, but that does not sway the “resistencia”, since they don’t recognize the supreme court either).
In foreign press the amnesty bill is presented in a completely different light: As something invented by the “coupsters” to protect themselves.
To me, it thus seems that the amnesty bill is a sword forced onto Honduras by the U.S. with the intention that they fall on it. I sure hope they see through this scheme and do what is best for the country: Take a stance for the rule of law, and transparency.
The question of responsibility can wait until the Truth Commission, agreed to in the Guaymuras dialogue, has been formed. What’s the urgency?