This blog describes some ideas that seem to be different from the current train of political thought. I will try to bring up somewhat unique and innovative ideas regarding political systems and policies in the US. I hope those who comment also bring in such ideas.

Friday, October 23, 2009

BBC admidts the Supreme Court removed Zelaya, World Cup

It is nice to see some accurate news finally surface. The BBC printed this gem:

The Supreme Court was the body that ordered Mr Zelaya to be removed from office in June, arguing that he had violated the constitution. Congress overwhelmingly backed this.

Finally, a news organization brings the most critical fact into the case. The Supreme Court, with power to remove the president, removed the president for violating the law. Now, why has this fact been so poorly reported?

Second, any time there is unrest in any country, violence, tear gas, and arrests are not far behind. So, how does the police response compare in Honduras? One thing to compare it to is Iran, where there has been a huge, huge difference in degree and lethality of response. A second is with the actions of Zelaya himself. La Gringa reports what Zelaya did during an incident when he was president:

The President of the Republic was directly responsible for the order to repress the protest. By land and air the military laid into the inhabitants, journalists from community and Catholic radio stations, civilians and members of religious orders. Over 60 people were arrested, including 3 priests, and some 20 people were injured. The government followed this up by organizing a news blockade to prevent the rest of the country from hearing the details of what happened.

Thus, in comparison to Zelaya, the response of the constitutional Michaletti government has been much more restrained. You can also compare it to the response of Chavez and the current situation in Bolivia. Why are human rights organizations not going there?

Finally, part of the reason I am so interested in the Honduras situation is because I have family there. They reported that the streets everywhere were filled with people celebrating, and the soccer team had to use helicopters. They said that there was no comparison between the Zelaya protests and the world cup revelry. It so totally dwarfed the Zelaya supporters that the contrast was clear evidence of his lack of popularity. They said the real fear was not Zelaya regaining the presidency, but Chavez invading. Finally, they mentioned that if corruption is going to end in Honduras it is up to the people of Honduras - there will not be a shining knight on a white horse, they must do it themselves. I think that is a good solution for all nations.


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