Responses to the Coup d'etat in Honduras on Sunday June 28, with special emphasis on producing English-language versions of commentaries by Honduran scholars and editorial writers and addressing the confusion encouraged by lack of basic knowledge about Honduras.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
This is how UN Peacekeeping forces are referred to in Spanish.
One of the rumors or perhaps wishes I have heard persistently from friends in Honduras is that at some point, the military repression against the people will be met by the arrival of outside forces.
This recalls the rumor that circulated not long ago, that Zelaya was at the Palmerola air force base, and/or that the US forces or UN Peacekeepers were there and would emerge to protect/restore him.
The most recent versions, though, all turn on the cascos azules. Juan Donaghy notes that during a radio program by the Catholic church in Santa Rosa de Copan about the situation, broadcasters urged people to go on line and sign a petition to ask the UN to send in peacekeeping forces.
The Honduran people, despite all the incapacity of the international community, are still waiting for the rule of law to be supported by other nations; or by the world community acting as a whole.
I am both proud of the courage and nobility this shows, and ashamed that the world is neither listening nor responding.
Send in the cascos azules. Or come up with a better idea.