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Thu Dec 3 02:30:20 CST 2009

Honduras rejects Zelaya, again.

Honduran Congress votes to keep out Zelaya

A quick recap: Back in June, after months of making noise about or actual attempts to get Honduras' constitution rewritten so he could serve more than the constitutionally-limited one term, Manuel Zelaya was convicted by the Honduran Supreme Court of violating one of the inviolable and unalterable articles of their constitution. He was (legally) arrested (by the military) and then (illegally) ejected from the country. Soon after, the Honduran Congress voted in support of the Supreme Court and the military.

But for whatever reasons, most world governments and groups of governments condemned this action, despite the fact that it was essentially in defence of democracy, against dictatorship, and Zelaya's removal was pretty clearly within the rule of law. The best i can figure is that the members of most governments don't like the idea of strict or absolute limits upon their powers, even if they are being legally enforced by other parts of the same government. That, or their a bunch of drooling morons, or some combination of both.

Regardless, once a government has taken a stand, what they really, really hate is to admit they are wrong. And the Obama administration is no different. Initially, they condemned Zelaya's removal as a "coup." Months later, after Zelaya snuck back into the country and forced everyone's hand, they "negotiated" a "settlement." (Some reports indicate they basically threatened to politically break everyones' arms unless they at least appeared to settle.) This momentary settlement (and it really was just momentary -- Zelaya almost immediately began to violate the agreement) was apparently enough of a pretense for the U.S. to retreat to, and save face.

Of course, Zelaya, being the self-obsessed dictator-wannabe that he is, soon sealed his own fate by denouncing the "settlement" and repelling the U.S. (and other governments) from his rapidly stupidifying position. The result is that he's gone down in flames, exactly by the terms of the "settlement." And, of course, the U.S. and everyone else are pretending that they don't have a bunch of egg on their face, because the legitimate government of Honduras threw out a soon-to-be-dictator, then stood up to all but a few governments of the world, and proceeded with their scheduled elections, despite massive interference in what was clearly their internal affairs, and to top it all of, suffered horrible and cruel economic sanctions for about 5 months -- sanctions that really hurt the poorest people of one of the poorest countries in the entire world.

I predict that -- despite their earlier threats -- most of the world's governments will unceremoniously recognize the new elections as legitimate, and just pretend like they weren't a bunch of reactionary dickwads. And they'll quietly abandon Zelaya to his fate -- presumably exile in Brazil or Venezuela.

And what about Honduras? I'm sure the U.S. and most of the other American states that (stupidly and immorally) took such a hard line against Honduras won't forget the egg on their face, despite the fact that it was entirely their own fault (and much deserved). And this is truly sad for Honduras, because ultimately, i think they were just trying to abide by their constitution, and avoid becoming yet another Latin American country that has returned to the days of "dictator for life."

Watching this unfold over the past half year, i can't help but see our similarities with other monkeys -- hooting and hollering at each other in political roll-calling and posturing. But we're the only species asserting our superiority and higher intelligence. It all seems to be in a sad, sad attempt to avoid the obvious conclusion that most of the time, as Jeffrey Goines said, "We're... all.. monkeys."

Posted by johan | Permanent link | File under: politics