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A very difficult concept: violence breeds violence

Posted by Charles II on February 18, 2012

That’s certainly not a difficult concept for me nor probably for our readers. But for the State Department and our media apparatchiks? It might as well be quantum physics.

Mark Engler, Dissent Mag (via t/o)

Honduras has become a human rights disaster. The country now has the world’s highest murder rate. And impunity for political violence is the norm.

For all this, the United States deserves a good deal of the blame.

This past Tuesday, a comical response to [Professor Dana] Frank’s piece appeared at Foreign Policy, written by former Bush administration official José Cárdenas. It was humorous in that it included an understated disclaimer at the end. Cárdenas wrote, “Full disclosure: In July 2009, I helped to advise a Honduran business delegation that came to Washington during their presidential crisis to defend Manuel Zelaya’s removal from power.”

Whether or not you recognize political violence as part of the problem (Cárdenas neglects to mention it) goes far in determining your view of appropriate policy remedies. Cárdenas recommends working closely with the Honduran government and supporting its military with continued aid. Frank, in contrast, quotes the rector whose son was murdered: “Stop feeding the beast,” Julieta Castellanos says.

More on the history of suspicious fires at Honduran prisons via HC&P. Eric Sabo and Adam Williams, Bloomberg:

Yesterday’s fire was at least the third in Honduras in the past decade. In May 2004, more than 100 inmates were killed in a blaze at a prison in San Pedro Sula, while as many as 86 died the year earlier in a jail in La Ceiba.

Adrienne published a letter by former Ambassador Robert White to the NYT in which he states that “Department of State … propped up the coup regime” The NYT, apparently, is not going to publish it.

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Arizona Anti-Immigrant Sheriff Accused By His Male Lover Of Threatening Lover’s Deportation

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 18, 2012

This is just dripping with irony, not to mention hypocrisy:

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu — who became the face of Arizona border security nationally after he started stridently opposing illegal immigration — threatened his Mexican ex-lover with deportation when the man refused to promise never to disclose their years-long relationship, the former boyfriend and his lawyer tell New Times.

The latest of the alleged threats were made through Babeu’s personal attorney, who’s also running the sheriff’s campaign for Congress in District 4, the ex-lover says.

He says lawyer Chris DeRose demanded he sign an agreement that he would never breathe a word about the affair. But Jose (New Times is withholding his last name because Babeu and his attorney have challenged his legal status) refused.

Babeu’s pulled out of being an Arizona co-chair for Mitt Romney’s campaign
, but he vowed to continue his congressional campaign and stay in office as Sheriff. Which he no doubt will, until the polling comes back showing that his racist and anti-gay Republican base has deserted him, at which point he’ll be pushed out by his own party. (What’s hilarious about this is his attempts — apparently at the advice of party higher-ups, because now all the state and national Cons rushing to his defense are mouthing variations of it — to paint himself as a victim of liberal homophobia directed against an “openly gay man”. Of course, this “openly gay man” only came out of the closet forty-eight hours ago, when he was dragged out of it by his former lover — and many of Babeu’s associates in the political world had no idea he was gay until they were told about it this week.)

I give him about four months, tops. They’ll want him out of the congressional race at the very least, and have his replacement as congressional candidate in place by July at the latest. He might limp through another term as sheriff thanks to the power of incumbency, but even that’s in doubt.

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