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.
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.
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.
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