It is important to understand some facts about what just happened in Honduras to understand why Obama’s rapid and aggressive response is so bizarre, especially when he was so laissez-faire about recent events in Iran until he was pushed into a corner.
Sometimes, the whole world prefers a lie to the truth. The White House, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and much of the media have condemned the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya this past weekend as a coup d’état.
These are the facts: On June 26, President Zelaya issued a decree ordering all government employees to take part in the “Public Opinion Poll to convene a National Constitutional Assembly.” In doing so, Zelaya triggered a constitutional provision that automatically removed him from office.
The Supreme Court and the attorney general ordered Zelaya’s arrest for disobeying several court orders compelling him to obey the Constitution. He was detained and taken to Costa Rica. Why? Congress needed time to convene and remove him from office. With him inside the country that would have been impossible. This decision was taken by the 123 (of the 128) members of Congress present that day.
Don’t believe the coup myth. The Honduran military acted entirely within the bounds of the Constitution. The military gained nothing but the respect of the nation by its actions.
I am extremely proud of my compatriots. Finally, we have decided to stand up and become a country of laws, not men. From now on, here in Honduras, no one will be above the law.
The leaders of Honduras actually had the balls to enforce their Constitution. As far as I can tell, enforcement of laws requires men with guns. It makes people in power around the world nervous to see guns used that way, pointing at one of their own.
Look how quickly Obama is acting to punish Honduras, and how quickly he spoke out.
Obama has cut military ties to Honduras, is considering a cut-off of all aid, is doing nothing to stop loan suspensions by international organizations over which the U.S. has substantial influence, and is supporting international efforts to isolate Honduras. (www.legalinsurrection.blogspot.com)
When Iran’s mullahs ordered use of guns to murder its citizens, as opposed to its politicians, Obama displayed nowhere near the outrage and decisiveness.
But in his response to Honduras, we have learned that Obama’s slow and controlled manner during the Iranian protests is not just a matter of personal style.
He certainly has it in him to pull no punches when he really believes in something.