Mel’s taking matters into his own hands
Unhappy with the results that "international pressure" has failed to achieve, deposed wannabe dictator Mel Zelaya is now going to take matters into his own hands. Actually, he is recruiting others to take matters into their own hands for him because as any dictator knows, you cannot enjoy the trappings of dictatorship if you are dead. So, since the OAS, the UN, the EU, and Obama have failed to forcefully give him what he believes is rightfully his, he is recruiting some soldiers to go in and grab it for him.
By Francisco Jara (AFP)
TEGUCIGALPA — Ousted President Manuel Zelaya has threatened the interim government of Honduras with "generalized violence" if he is not restored to power.
"Either the coup is reversed or generalized violence is coming," Zelaya warned the interim government headed by Roberto Micheletti in an interview Friday with Nicaragua's state-owned Channel 4 TV.
"The people have the right to protest, to insurrection. This is the case of the Honduran people, which is being brutally repressed," he said.
Soon after, around 100 Honduran men belonging to Zelaya's "popular army" began training exercises in a camp on the Nicaraguan side of the border with Honduras, an AFP journalist witnessed.
The recruits -- mostly young men and all unarmed -- exercised, marched, and carried out maneuvers under the direction of leaders who said they were Honduran army veterans.
According to the leaders, other similar camps had been set up along the border.
Zelaya announced on Wednesday that -- with permission from leftist Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega -- he would organize his own army based on the more than 300 Honduran supporters that gathered at his base at the border town of Ocotal, 226 kilometers (140 miles) north of the Nicaraguan capital Managua.
This will be "the popular militia that will guard the president upon his return," Zelaya said.
Let's take a quick inventory of the situation here, which is really not all that complicated:
- On one hand we have the constitutionally elected congress and the Supreme Court of Honduras adhering to their democratic constitution and refusing to violate it by allowing Zelaya back into power.
- On the other hand we have good 'ole Mel--10-gallon hat and all--violating the Honduran constitution, promoting mob violence, and enlisting the help of a foreign power (Venezuela) to help him achieve an illegal change to the constitution to ensure he can stay in power. Unable to get what he wants, he is now threatening the Honduran people with violence.
Take a close a look at the two parties in this dispute and logically deduce which side the US should be on.