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, November 10, 2009

US Pushes OAS to Recognize Elections

The Bush holdover and, in my opinion, idiot, Lew Anselem, today urged the OAS to recognize the results of the November 29 elections. "The Hondurans have a right to choose their leaders with the guarantees of the Election Tribunal for "just, free, and transparent' elections and with observers from the OAS," Anselem is quoted as saying in a Mexican press report.

He then went on to blame both sides in Honduras and urge them to avoid unilateral naming of governments, slowdowns in the process, or calls to violence. Odd, since no one is calling for violence, that this continues to be a US talking point.

On the elections he said we have the responsibility to avoid the sabotage or veto of the Honduran elections before they can occur; that we should not yield to the hostile conduct of the few politicians that seek to undermine the accord. Seeking to undermine the accord?! What planet does he live on? Carlos H. Reyes and the Frente have waited patiently, peacefully protesting, and urging both sides to comply with the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord. They've never tried to undermine it. It's the de facto government that delays and undermines the accord, and urges us to recognize the elections. Clearly Anselem, and apparently the State Department, lives in backwards world.

The United States position was immediately rejected by the representatives of Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and others who indicated they would not recognize the results of the elections. Brazil called the events in Honduras "a badly written soap opera"; the Mexican and Dominican delegations called for compliance by both sides with the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord.

The United States is on a collision course with the rest of the governments of this hemisphere with regards to the recognition of the election results in November. It sure looks like it only takes $600,000 to buy the US foreign policy in Hillary Clinton's State Department.

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