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Honduran President Shall Return

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Posted on Jun 29, 2009
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Honduras’ leftist president, Manuel Zelaya, speaks from Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaria International Airport after being kidnapped and deported by his country’s military.

A day after he was forcibly removed from office, Manuel Zelaya said he will return to Honduras on Thursday to reclaim his presidency. Zelaya enjoys the support of many of his fellow Latin American leaders as well as the president of the United States. However, he still has to deal with his military and political rivals.

BBC:

Speaking on Monday in the capital of Nicaragua, Managua, Mr Zelaya said he would return to Honduras on Thursday, after addressing the UN in New York on Tuesday.

President Obama said he would work with the OAS to restore Mr Zelaya to office.

Mr Obama said a “terrible precedent” would be set if the coup was not reversed.

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By Folktruther, June 30, 2009 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment

I think what was strange about this US backed coup, Freedom, was that Obama didn’t expect the enormous world and Latin American reaction against it.  Zelaya, who is a member of the Honduras oligarchy, apparently wanted do something useful with his life and take Honduras out of the oppression and exploitation of US imperialism.  This horrified the oligarchy and Obama apparently thought that an old style coup could be implemented without trouble.

He was drastically wrong. And Zelaya was treated as a hero at the UN, with the US itself forced to help write the resolution putting him back in power.  this was a tremendous defeat for US imperialism, which is constained now from future coups.

Most important, the Honduras military appears to be splitting, as occurred in the Chavez coup.  Some batallions appear to be siding with the people.  The oligarchy is promoting counter demonstations which is being pimped by CNN, in the same way that truthdig initially supported the coup, but if a section of the military goes over to the people, the military man not want civil war.  In which case they will support putting Zelaya back as president.

The reason that the military splic is important is because of the threat of martial law in the US, provoked perhaps by an arranged Terrorist Incident.  As soon as the American people understand how they are being diddled by the US power stucture, led by both Bush and Obama, demos will begin. Obama has already brought combat units into the US which are training for use against the American people, their training manuals calling demos “low level Terrorism.”

The US military is bascially a mercenary force.  But some units may not want to fire on their families and friends and join the people.  It is the example of Latin America that they can follow if this occurs in our lifetimes.

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By freedom loving american, June 30, 2009 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment

This was a strange US backed coup.  Generally; the US government backed terrorists are enshrined for months if not years in the MSM as “freedom fighters” trying to over-through a repressive leftist regime, which is basically any government that tries to help raise the level of poverty for its common citizens by either making US multinationals pay some taxes or slow down the destruction of their natural resources.

The US backed terrorists must have figured no one would notice Honduras and if Obama had been a republican no press would have asked any questions.

Highlighting the difference of the repressive two-headed fascist business party which has dominated the government for the last hundred years in the US. The press is more critical of the democratic head than it is of the republican head.  The policies are the same the press coverage is slightly different.

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By Folktruther, June 30, 2009 at 10:52 am Link to this comment

It looks like Obama is standing behind the coup.  According to a piece on counterpunch, people have been killed and injured by the military to intimidate them from protesting.  Obama is purveying the usual Obama duplicity, saying that he is against the coup while he is supporting it.

So it may be a longer struggle they may extend into the election in a few months.  In the stolen election in Mexico engineered by the US, which put Calderon in the presidency, the massive demonstrations lasted for over a year.  Here the US is supplying tens of millions of dollars to a very poor country, kept poor by US imperialism.  You can buy a lot of politicans with that.

But apparently one battalion has stated openly that they aren’t going to take orders from the coup regime.  The split in the military is what put Chavez back in power when the US-backed coup there failed. But Obama may continue in where Bush failed, and revert to massive slaughter, the customary US apprach to Latin America to install Freedom&Democracy;.

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By Jason!!, June 30, 2009 at 6:03 am Link to this comment

Right on Folktruther.

Clearly evident that TD is having great difficulty reconciling their position with Obama’s. They want to be a good lemming but having some difficulty predicting Obama through all his double speak and lies.

Perhaps Scheer should consider simple journalism and not try so hard to be a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party. I know the Dem’s have money to throw around but is a few bucks really worth the cost of your soul?

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By ardee, June 30, 2009 at 4:51 am Link to this comment

“the differece between the Honduras coup and the Iran Big Lie is that the US has sponsored so many coups in banana republics like Honduras that nobody in Latin America, and few in Europe, believe them when they say they weren’t behind this one.  Indeed the US power structure has admitted that they knew about it in advance.”

Also, we are so extended that any intervention by us is problematic. Not that I advocate such but the authors of the coup themselves must have discounted any negativism by the USA due to our being stretched so thin, as well as our complete lack of credibility.

I hadnt read of our prior knowledge of this coup, gotta hit the search engines!

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By Folktruther, June 30, 2009 at 4:36 am Link to this comment

Thanks for the Global Exchange announcement, Kntrk. 

Truthdig, like all the pseudo-Progressive media, supports US imperialism.  It had no compunction about supporting the “Iran Stolen Election” with the rest of the US media, as it has and will support other Patriotic Big Lies along with the other mainstrem US media.

HOWEVER. They changed their position on the HOnduras coup when Obama did, from exulting when the president was expelled from the country to saying that he was president and will return.  this is a progressive position and they should be commended for it.

the differece between the Honduras coup and the Iran Big Lie is that the US has sponsored so many coups in banana republics like Honduras that nobody in Latin America, and few in Europe, believe them when they say they weren’t behind this one.  Indeed the US power structure has admitted that they knew about it in advance.

In the Iran situation, calling a landslide election in a country with a tradition of honestly counting the ballots was such a flagrant Big Lie that most Americans, who are notorous for their political gullibility, actually beleived them. 

Here the US population hasn’t been preconditioned by defaming the presidnet, as occurred in Iran, and all they see, to the extent they see anything at all, is that Latin America is against it.  Obama has to deal with this opposition by pretending to be innocent of orchestrating it.  As in Iran and Venzueala, the struggle pits the workers and farmers against the Educated classes.

The reaction to this coup puts US imperialism in a lose-lose situation. No matter what it does, it is worse off power-wise than before the coup, punishing it for political criminal behavioor. 

Most important, it also serves as an example to the American population, for workers to and the poor to throw uff the pseudo-Progressive Dem leaders and to rise up against the US power structure and the Educated classes.  this is the only way the American population can restrict give all their tax money to the banksters, gutting medicare and social security, and the like.

The reversal of American imperialism, and Truthdig, serves as an example that US power can be defeated no matter how many atomic weapons and missles they have, if the population and lesser powers unite against it.

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By Xntrk, June 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment

At last a bit of information dribbling in thru the cracks. This is a real indication of what happens when there is only one voice in any country. Everyone is treated like a mushroom, ‘kept in the dark, and fed lots of bullshit’. I also repeated a report of an assassination I read that was an error. They didn’t shoot the guy. Sorry for the rumor mongering.

The following is from a message from Global Exchange. If my Spanish were better, I’d be on my way - but, the requirements are you MUST speak Sanish [I do, but not fluently], pay your own way, and be responsible for yourself. Code Pink and Medea Benjamin are one of the sponsors.

>>Global Exchange and Nonviolence International are forming an Emergency International Delegation to go to Honduras as soon as possible. The purpose of the delegation is to provide support to members of the government and civil society facing arrest and intimidation at the hands of the military and to be in solidarity with their call for the immediate restitution of President Zelaya.

The president has called for massive nonviolent civil disobedience in Honduras.

The delegation is being organized by Andrés Thomas Conteris of Nonviolence International and Medea Benjamin of Global Exchange/CODEPINK. The host organization will be the Sustainable Development Network of Honduras (http://www.rds.org.hn). Tel. 504-235-4141.<<

At least Obama has realized he cannot simply mouth platitudes about peace and conciliation!

As for Truthdig and it’s Progressive leanings, I think it is only fair to wonder at times, and to jab them when necessary. They are better than Truth Out, which simply removes whole topics when they become too far left, instead TD just doesn’t mention some things. I have noticed an increasing amount of infotainment on this site tho. Governor Sanford’s sex life, The King of Pop, Electronic music, and reports on gardening and comedy routines by the Prez. I thought we were faced with some serious problems, but I guess it’s really just a walk in the park for those who could change a few things.

I keep waiting, and waiting, and waiting. How many groups can Obama afford to jettison? He reminds me of the Captain of a ship that is sinking who decides to lighten the vessel by throwing the 1st Mate, Bosuns Mate, and Chief Engineer overboard, while making sure the Supernumerary is safe and secure. The guys tossed over the side are the ones who actually know how to run and fix the ship. The Supernumerary is the owner’s representative, and controls the Captain’s paycheck.

Sound familiar?

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By Commune115, June 29, 2009 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment

Truthdig’s coverage of the Honduras coup has been pretty pathetic. Imagine if they were around when Allende was overthrown in Chile! The elections in Iran, on the other side of the ocean, garnered endless articles, condemnations etc. But an obvious rape of democracy right next door in our hemisphere just gets a little note.

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By Jonathan McCormack, June 29, 2009 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment
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The military coup in Honduras was led by S.O.A graduate Romeo Vasquez.
S.O.A is the US Army School of the Americas for Latin American soldiers, located at Fort Benning, Georgia.
They are trained to de-stabilize Latin American countries, overthrow governments when corporate interests are threatened, and set in their place U.S. friendly dictators.
More information can be found on the excellent website http://www.soaw.org
In solidarity,
Jonathan McCormack
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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By Folktruther, June 29, 2009 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment

Yay, let’s hear it for truthdig. Bartender, another fatted calf!  A sinner has returned to the fold.

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