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US, supporting dictators? terrrorists? and not those upholding the law? July 31, 2009

Posted by ramosy in Help, Hondurans, Law, News.

The State Department announced Tuesday that it revoked the diplomatic visas of four Honduran officials because the U.S. doesn’t recognize the interim government of Roberto Micheletti. Hondurans can be forgiven if they recall the bitter Vietnam-era joke that while it can be dangerous to be America’s enemy, it can be fatal to be its friend.

The U.S. didn’t release the names of the banished, but the Honduran daily El Heraldo said they included the Supreme Court judge who signed the arrest warrant of former president Manuel Zelaya, as well as the president of the National Congress. Honduras is now in the fifth week of a constitutional crisis that was provoked when then-president Zelaya violated the Honduran constitution. He was warned by the attorney general but he persisted and, with support from Hondurans of all political parties, he was arrested and deported on June 28.

Both sides are now in the middle of negotiations mediated by Costa Rican Oscar Arias, and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez has been lobbying the U.S. to help his friend, Mr. Zelaya, by pressuring Mr. Micheletti to step down. Perhaps State figured the visa revocations were a way to deliver that pressure, but such one-sided bullying is more likely to build resentment and make it harder to reach a diplomatic solution.

via US Should Not Negotiate Over Former Honduras President Zelaya’s Reinstatement – WSJ.com.



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