September 21, 2009

Thank you Panamá and Mary O'Grady

Panamá has stated that it will recognize the results of the Honduran elections as long as they are transparent and part of a national dialogue. Panamá is one of the few countries who have maintained contact with the current government.

"We make a call to all the sectors to see in the elections an exit to the actual situation and among those sectors to which we make this call we include the constitutional president, President Zelaya" said the Panamanian Vice President, Juan Carlos Varela.

He also stated that support for the Honduran elections is something that Panamanian President Martinelli will include in his speech before the UN next week.

Finally, a friend stands up for Honduras.


Mary O'Grady of the Wall Street Journal wrote another of several excellent articles she has written regarding Honduras. She notes that the US Congressional Research Service, in August 2009, wrote:
"The Supreme Court of Honduras has constitutional and statutory authority to hear cases against the President of the Republic and many other high officers of the State, to adjudicate and enforce judgments, and to request the assistance of the public forces to enforce its rulings."

Well, hallelujah. Can it be? Can the Supreme Court of Honduras actually have a right to decide on constitutional issues of Honduras without the blessing of the United States of America? Odd as it may seem to the US State Department, apparently the Congressional Research Service thinks so, though the report was in August and we have only seen worsening of the US's attitude toward Honduras.

Additionally, note that the report also specifies that the court has the authority to "request the assistance of the public forces to enforce its rulings." I told you so.

Ms. O'Grady also points out a very troublesome aspect of the US position:

"Hondurans are worried about what this pressure is doing to their country. Mr. Zelaya's violent supporters are emboldened by the U.S. position."

With the US condemning the Honduran president, congress, and court, and telling Honduras that we have "to restore democracy" to "get ourselves out of this box", is it any wonder that the resistencia continues with its disruptive and sometimes violent actions?

The opinion of the US is respected in Honduras − or more accurately: was respected. Not so much anymore, by either side. Secretary Clinton spoke of the division in the country, but she and others who jumped to condemn Honduras without analyzing the facts and continue to do so for three months are responsible for deepening that division.

It's time for Obama to come down and have a beer with Micheletti.

Please the entire WSJ article Hillary's Honduras Obsession. It's a must read.
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