Manuel Zelaya: the Mouse that Roared


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Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya (left) and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gesticulating during happier times

 

Like a bad penny that keeps coming back, ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya has slipped across the border back into Honduras and is now holed up in the Brazilian embassy, thrusting that country once again into the international spotlight.

Shortly after Zelaya’s attempts at subverting the constitution in an effort to give himself expanded powers (on par with other despots in the region) led to his removal from office a few months ago, media coverage of the event died along with Zelaya’s dreams of a socialist dictatorship.

Amy Goodman and her Marxist entourage at Democracy Now!, however, have not let this story go. They have had specials and “exclusive” reports ad nauseum since Zelaya was shown the door, and their latest reports out of Honduras once again paint a one-sided picture of the events following Zelaya’s midnight ride back into the country in the trunk of a car.

Roberto Micheletti, who heads the interim government, assumed the presidency after Zelaya’s removal and has the support of the military, Congress, Supreme Court, business leaders, and a majority of the population. Although he has called for new elections to be held on November 29, he has endured public scorn from most world leaders, has seen aid to his country dry up, and has been vilified in the world press (especially the leftist press).

And yet, as most world leaders (including our own), shun him, Micheletti has shown the world something: there is no shame in loving your country so much that you are willing to risk everything for it. And despite one-sided reports about the evils of the “coup regime,” there is another issue here that has not been investigated by Goodman or anyone else on the left, namely, the role of Brazil’s Socialist government in interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.

Although it is unknown at this point if the Brazilians were involved in smuggling Zelaya to their embassy, they have been the most vocal in their demands that Zelaya be reinstated as president of Honduras, going so far as to issue a dire warning to the Micheletti Government against raiding its embassy in an attempt to arrest him!

In less than two months, there will be an election, and the left is not barred from fielding a candidate. Zelaya, however, is barred, and despite his efforts to re-write it in his image, the Honduran Constitution prohibits him from serving another term.

Zelaya is irrelevant, and it is time for him to fade away.