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
Temperate, or tepid?
But for anyone waiting for some leadership-- well, look elsewhere.
At best we can acknowledge the US reply as temperate. They urge respect for diplomatic norms and the Brazilian embassy (which seems a bit odd when that embassy is already under seige and without utilities).
They also, though, continue inanely to urge both sides not to provoke violence. As Adrienne Pine comments, this fair-and-balanced approach pretends that Zelaya is culpable when Hondurans excercising their free speech and assembly rights are attacked.
This in turn gives tacit approval for the de facto regime.
Couldn't we ask for at least condemnation of unprovoked police violence? The OAS managed to say that.
What about a free press? The Interamerican Human Rights Council was able to say that.
Our defense-of-democracy credentials would seem to require more than a tepid response.