Wednesday, July 8, 2009
After hiding behind his dictator friends who threaten to invade Honduras, a failed attempt to return to the country that cost the life of a 19-year-old lad, and the international proof that OAS is biased and in its current presidency at an all-time-low in both common sense and functionality. Mel Zelaya finally threw himself at the mercy of the country he had said was the cause of all our troubles. After the meeting, Zelaya agreed to open conversation with President Michelletti, to be moderated by the Peace Nobel Prize winner Oscar Arias.
Gone are not the troubles, this is not the magic spell, but a change in attitude is the first steps towards a solution. Guess who was left out of the scene? You guessed it, Hugo Chavez and his army get to stay in Venezuela. The old adage that if not part of the solution, he was part of the problem falls on Chavez as a tailor-made suit.
Let us hope, that cool heads prevail in Costa Rica tomorrow so we can go on with our lives.
Our special thanks to Hillary Clinton who made it possible!
Monday, July 6, 2009
As a writer of fiction tales, I tried to keep away from political issues. However, the current events at my home country have touched the inner core of my never-before-known patriotism.
We had a President elected by the people, but after three years in office, and a hard turn towards the left, he was preparing himself to dissolve the Congress and the Supreme Court. Thus, prompting the afore-mentioned to take steps into separating Mr. Zelaya from the Presidency.
Why the Armed Forces instead of the police? No disrespect to police officers, but Army was better equipped to handle the send-off of a President. The Military was not after the power, they were after the President, and turned him, safe and sound, to another nation. Why? Simply put, to avoid bloodshed. Not a single casualty had been reported until Zelaya, most stubbornly, attempted to return to Honduras. So, you can see, the correct choice was taken.
What surprises me the most is that universal condemnation of our country, both by United Nations and Organization of American States, without as much as making sure the events that took place on Jun 28, were indeed legal albeit not understood. The responses seemed biased, to say the least. I understand that they were defending the figure of the Presidency and not Zelaya himself, but they picked the wrong example to do it. When Mr. Insulza visited our country, very arrogantly did not cared about the documents that he was shown, did not meet with the new President Micheletti. He was obviously just going through the motions to fulfill his own private agenda. We were trialed and convicted without chance to prove our case.
Now, Mr Zelaya is begging, on National TV, in fact demanding, that President Obama sends troops to return him to power! And this is the same guy who claims he is non-violent? The same guy who approved the distribution of abortive pills (not contraceptives), and the same guy that without much paperwork sent his Secretary to withdraw from Honduras Central Bank40 million Lempiras (About 2 Million US Dollars) in cash!
And to add insult to injury, we had just discovered that even though shipped out on his pajamas, he had his Honduran-government-issued credit card stashed somewhere for he spent 80 thousand dollars on expensive suits, hotels and food in only 5 days! Apparently, he lived by the AMEX motto of “don´t leave home without it!”
There is a site: http://www.laverdadenhonduras.com/ that I invite all of you to see. There are transcripts and English translations of the documents and chronology of the chain of events that required the ousting of an imminent dictator.
So, in lieu of the above, I could not keep quiet. The recent death of the king of Pop has only reminded me of the chorus line of one of his most controversial songs: “All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us!” It seems sadly accurate of our situation.