August 21, 2009

Honduras scares those socialist rulers

ALBA celebration, August 2008

I was glad to read this AP article:
Latin leftists fear a Honduras coup domino effect

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Manuel Zelaya's chances of getting restored to the Honduran presidency become more distant with each passing week. Across Latin America, his allies and foes alike see a precedent being set....(more)
I don't care for the repeated references to "the elite" because that just is not true. The majority of the population from all economic groups are glad that Mel Zelaya was stopped. Central Americans are, in general, much more knowledgeable about the real threat of socialism/communism (the terms are often used interchangeably here) than the average north American because they have faced those threats in recent history.

The AP article ends with this:

And for any Latin American leader who feels confident of their hold on power, Honduras offers a sobering lesson in how quickly a president can lose control.

Luis Vicente Leon, an analyst with Venezuela's Datanalisis polling firm, said all of Latin America's leftist leaders "have a lot of enemies."

"No one," he said, "is immune."

The aftershocks from the military coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on June 28 continue to rattle Nicaragua, where politicians are using the neighboring conflict as a proxy war to slug out their own internal disputes....continue reading at the Miami Times Herald


"Simply, Honduras says no to socialism disguised as democracy."
− Honduran General Miguel Angel García Padget

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
− Edmund Burke

"It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
− Winston Churchill

"The threats against democracy in Latin America, and I don't in any way minimize what's happened in Honduras . . . are not those coming from military coups, but rather from governments which are ignoring checks and balances, overriding other elements of government," said Jeffrey Davidow, a retired U.S. ambassador who served as President Obama's special adviser for the recent Summit of the Americas.
− From the Washington Post, July 5, 2009:

Let there be no ambiguity here. Little Honduras was supposed to be the next country to lose its liberties as it joined the anti-American, pro-Iranian Latin American left. But Little Honduras decided to fight back. And this has infuriated Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, who will surely attempt to foment violence in Honduras.

Therefore, if you love liberty, you will do whatever you can do help Honduras resist Chavez and his allies, which include the United Nations and Organization of American States.

There are many ways to do that. Buy Honduran goods. Write your representatives in Washington to back the present, law-based Honduran government. And, yes, even visit this friendly beleaguered place. When the world's governments isolate a country, with few exceptions, that's all you need to know about who the good guys are.
Dennis Prager radio show blog

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