Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Events in Honduras

For those loyal few of you who actually follow what Jenna and I post on the blog here, I'm sure that watching the news recently you have noticed the events taking place in Honduras. While Jenna and I left Honduras about 3 weeks ago now, we certainly did as well and as you might imagine we took quite an interest in them.

First of all I'd like to say that in my opinion, most of the world is taking the wrong view of this because they simply don't have a knowledge of the situation and what led up to it. I fully support what the media has called a coup and believe that it was the right thing to do. The US has said that the rule of law must prevail and I agree that it must, but Zelaya has been breaking Honduran law without regard to the consequences. His attempts to change the constitution so he could retain his power and be reelected were condemned and deemed illegal by the Supreme Court, the Congress, and the military. He broke the law and was removed from power because of it. I agree with La Gringa (http://lagringasblogicito.blogspot.com/) for once in saying that while this is not the way it would be done in the US, this was the way it had to happen in Honduras to take a bad person out of power and overall in this case the end justifies the means. I hope that the Hondurans (all of whom I've communicated with agree with the actions and were quite frightened of Zelaya's idolatry of Hugo Chavez and apparent intentions to follow in his footsteps) are able to justify their actions in a way that makes the rest of the world understand what truly happened and why it was a good thing. My thoughts are with all of my friends, colleagues, and students down in Honduras in hoping that things turn out OK.

Check out the blog I linked above for an opinion and stories from an American who is living in Honduras. I'd like to leave you with a few pics from laprensa.hn which is the website for one of the newspapers in Honduras which help sum up the feelings of Honduras on the topic.
For those of you who don't speak Spanish, the sign says "Honduras, Out Mel, Out Chavez, Out Communism"

1 comment:

anah said...

couldn't agree more, jesse. it's been so frustrating hearing the coverage.