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Massaging the facts July 31, 2009

Posted by ramosy in Help, History, Hondurans, News.
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From reader Pete:

Another example of the USA press distorting the truth for its own agenda:

Communique #7 from the Honduras Armed Forces reads (translated into English − Pete’s translation tweaked a little by LG, highlighting is mine):

ARMED FORCES OF HONDURAS
SECRETARY OF STATE IN THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL DEFENSE
DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
COMUNICADO No. 7

The Secretary of State for National Defense, before the recent controversy, the national and international public opinion, communicates the following:

1. That the Armed Forces are respectful of the Constitution and laws, by which we reaffirm our subordination to civilian authority in line with the principles of legality and due obedience.

2. That as an institution we support a solution to the problems facing our country, through a negotiation process under the San José Agreement. Likewise, we reiterate our unreserved support to the results, in accordance with our Constitution and other laws.

3. The Armed Forces as a national institution complies and will continue to meet the missions established by the Constitution and Laws of the Republic.

Comayaguela, MDC 24 July 2009

Now see what the New York Times has to say about this communique. From it, I quote:

Military in Honduras Backs Plan on Zelaya

“The Honduran armed forces issued a communiqué on Saturday indicating that they would not stand in the way of an agreement to return Manuel Zelaya, the country’s ousted president, to power.”

“Posted on the Honduran Armed Forces Web site, it endorsed the so-called San José Accord that was forged in Costa Rica by delegates representing President Zelaya and the man who heads the de facto Honduran government, Roberto Micheletti.”

“The officials said the military communiqué was significant because it was the first sign of support for the San José Accord by a powerful sector of the de facto government. And the officials said it could make it more difficult for the Honduran Congress and Supreme Court to reject the accord when they consider it.”

“American officials who met here with the Hondurans said that they were two colonels who were concerned about the tensions generated by the political conflict.”

To me [Pete], the Armed Forces communique simply backs the civilian authority and the constitution. It supports a negotiation process under the San José Agreement (which is supported by the Micheletti government but not by Zelaya). I somehow doubt that the communique was “drafted in Washington after days of talks between mid-level Honduran officers and American Congressional aides.”

Spin…spin..spin… by a paper that should know better! − Pete

La Gringa’s Blogicito: Massaging the facts.

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