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Honduras: no news is not good news

15 October 2009

If insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results, then apparently, the entire world has gone mad when it comes to talking to the de facto regime in Honduras.

So far, every “concession” made by the legitimate government has been met with some new demand.  The latest is not new,  but the same one that the Micheletti “government” uses as it runs out the clock for elections which — while meaningless at this point — are based on dubious legal arguments:

Coup leaders once again balked at the reinstatement of Zelaya in the presidency, which the resistance and many neighboring nations have demanded be “unconditional.” According to declarations from the leader of the de facto regime, Roberto Micheletti, the current reason for refusing reinstatement hinges on whether it will be the Congress or the Supreme Court that decides. The original proposal was for Congress to revoke its destitution decree, but Micheletti stated that restitution is a legal matter, “It would definitely be the Supreme Court that would have to make this decision.”

I don’t pretend to be a legal scholar, but I know how to read a research paper. Having thrown up every excuse they can think of (including some absurdities about Honduras being the “key” to South America — mentioned in the video), most lately have boiled down to cherry picking their way through a Library of Congress white paper and one from the United Nations. Both, like any good piece of legal research, review previous research (or, for the legal minded, every precedent). That the coup-plotters had a legal interpretation based on one constitutional provision, they ignore the rest of the documents which show violations of several other provisions… of a document described by the Library of Congress (Country Studies, Honduras) as “generally held to have little bearing on Honduran political reality because they are considered aspirations or ideals rather than legal instruments of a working government.”   Incidentally, that document was written by an assembly formed during a military dictatorship.

Unfortunately, the “negotiations” are not a legal proceeding, and the Micheletti regime has no interest in a negotiated settlement anyway.  The hope, according to Ari Lewis (better known as Mr. Naomi Klein), is to hold elections — even if illegitimate — and hope the outside world stops paying attention.

And, if the Hondurans themselves don’t take it seriously, the military is promising they will… even if they have to force people to do so.

Zelaya, whatever he thinks, or the outside world thinks, is not even a player in the calls for change.  He was (or is) only a transitional figure, whose suggestion that maybe the country might want to revisit that hastily drawn set of “aspirations” might be revisited is causing people to think maybe it’s time they were.

It’s the Honduran’s aspirations — not Mel Zelaya, not Hugo Chavez — that the coup mongers fear.  For good reason:

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  1. 15 October 2009 8:34 pm

    One quick note–it’s Avi, not Ari.

    And I can tell Gorilletti is just killing the clock right now. He doesn’t want Mel back, even powerless–he just wants to keep things going his way and the oligarchy’s way. This is not going to end well. As soon as that farcical election goes down, the protests are gonna start right back up again. The new “president”, if he can be called that, will have to play ball and hold a Constituyente, or get into even deeper shit–and end up wreaking worse repression than Gorilletti.

    BTW, I noticed that Adolfo Facussé lives in a big fancy glass house. Anybody got a rock?

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