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Honduran dictatorship, day 130. Bonus hypocrisy edition

Posted by Charles II on May 25, 2010

More moonshine from the monkey house on C-Street, Arturo Valenzuela presiding speaking to–get this– CANF about how unfair it is for all the nations in the hemisphere with three exceptions to treat Honduras like a dictatorship. CANF, about which Wikipedia says “The Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) is a Cuban exile organization dedicated to the overthrowing of the Cuban government of Fidel Castro… [claiming that Cuban freedom will be obtained by the US Government forcing its will onto Cubans]”:

Our response to the coup d’état in Honduras last June shows that our interests are served by leveraging multilateral mechanisms, in concert with our partners, to support the implementation of principled policies. Together with all of the other members of the Organization of American States we condemned the coup d’état that led to the expulsion of the country’s president. By continuing to engage with the Hondurans to encourage a process of negotiation and resolution of that country’s internal crisis we helped to strengthen the “collective defense of democracy” as a cornerstone of the Inter- American System.

Today, elected leaders who are moving quickly to promote national reconciliation and their country’s return to the fold of hemispheric democracies govern Honduras. As Honduras moves forward, we will continue to maintain a vigilant eye on the human rights situation there in light of serious concerns that have been raised. In this regard, we support the mandate of the Honduran Truth Commission to investigate the causes of the coup and its aftermath and provide recommendations for institutional reform and clarify the abuses that were committed.

While the U.S. has welcomed the return of Honduras to democratic rule, some governments have instead chosen to continue isolating the Honduran government. Recently, several threatened to boycott the 6th Summit of the European Union and Latin American and Caribbean countries, which is took place this week in Madrid, if Honduran President Pepe Lobo participated. Their concerns centered on the alleged validity of the November 2009 elections that brought Lobo to power, despite the fact that these elections have been widely viewed as credible, fair, and representative of the views of the Honduran people.

It is a double standard to object to the participation of Honduras in an international gathering on grounds that its democracy leaves much to be desired while not objecting to, and indeed encouraging, the participation of Cuba in that same gathering—a country that has not had a true, open, and free multiparty election in more than fifty years, where prisoners of conscience are deprived of their liberty, and where brave marchers like the Damas de Blanco are harassed for daring to call for political freedoms. By contrast, President Lobo has prepared the groundwork for the normalization of constitutional order and the restoration of Honduras to the Organization of American States. Those efforts should be commended and supported by all the countries of the Americas.

In this regard, we must also work together with other member states to strengthen the role of the OAS in this vital area. We have learned much over the last three decades on how to improve government capacity, how to extend the rule of law, how to strengthen representative institutions such as political parties, and how to make for more effective democratic governance through improvement, for example, of better executive-legislative relations. Working together in sharing best practices we can encourage the consolidation of institutions that are essential to channel competition for power, while also forging and implementing public policies to move forward and create better standards of living for all citizens.

It would be reasonable to say, “We’re going to treat both Cuba and Honduras as dictatorships, since they arrived at their governments by processes that the world community does not recognize.” It would be reasonable to say, “We’re going to include both Cuba and Honduras as nations to be recognized, despite the fact that neither government arrived in power by processes the world community recognizes.” What Arturo Valenzuela is doing is lying. That’s spelled L-Y-I-N-G.

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One Response to “Honduran dictatorship, day 130. Bonus hypocrisy edition”

  1. Thanks again for this, Charles. It’s amazing, the way we have totally different standards for dictatorships that put people over corporations than we do for dictatorships that are just concierges for corporate interests.

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