Friday, October 30, 2009

Honduras Caves, Reinstates Zelaya

From the TimesOnline (emphasis mine):

The interim government of Honduras has yielded to international pressure and agreed to allow the return to power of Manuel Zelaya, the ousted President who was toppled in a military coup four months ago.

The breakthrough came after renewed pressure from senior US officials who travelled to Honduras this week for a last-ditch effort to end the crisis.

"It is a triumph for Honduran democracy," said Mr Zelaya after the rival sides agreed to a deal under which he may be reinstated as President within days.


The United States, the European Union and Latin American leaders had all demanded that Mr Zelaya be allowed to finish his presidential term, which ends in January. They had said that they might not recognise the winner of the November election unless democracy was first restored.


US President Barack Obama cut some aid to Honduras after the coup but had been criticised by some Latin American countries for not doing more to force the de facto government to back down.
You can read the whole thing here.

First of all, it was no military coup that ousted Zelaya. He was voted out for his attempting to violate the Honduran constitution. Even the moochers and leeches at the U.N. agreed his removal had been legal, as did the Law Library of Congress, which is why they told John Kerry, the darling of pajama-clad Viet-Cong all over North (and South) Vietnam, to go pound sand* when he attempted to have their report quashed.

This was certainly no "triumph" for democracy, neither in Honduras, nor anywhere else in the world. It was, however, a cold slap in the face to the rule of law, and to people the world over who yearn to experience the freedom we here in America still enjoy - although I wonder for how much longer.

I am sorry, but I want my president, as well as my government, expending our resources (as in tax dollars) promoting freedom and liberty around the world, not working 24/7/365 to reinstall a communist dictator that the people of that country clearly do not want.

What a disgrace.

* Thank you Ed Morrissey

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When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered. -Dorothy Thompson