I haven’t really blogged much about the coup situation in Honduras since this guest blog post Q & A from back in July, but I have been reading about the situation there in the blogs and in the regular news outlets. For the life of me, I still don’t understand why the de facto government of Honduras simply did not arrest Mel Zelaya and try him in court before tossing him out of the country to create this spectacle whenever he re-enters or in this case is now holed up in the Brazilian Embassy.
But now, the Cuban-American Congressional delegation of South Florida has taken it upon themselves to call for the US backing of elections to take place at the end of November. The problem with doing this is that the de facto president of Honduras, Micheletti, has taken to acting a bit like a dictator himself imposing curfews, cutting off power, blocking the media, etc. VivirLatino has a pretty good post up describing the current dictatorial conditions in Honduras here. How can you have legitimate elections in an environment where the citizens are on lock down? Real freedom loving, right?
Well, Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart have called for a recognition of scheduled elections, and Ros-Lehtinen went even further as she ”sat and caressed Roberto Micheletti’s arm while holding up a copy of the constitution that specifically prohibits forced exile.” Guess who was subjected to forced exile? You got it, ousted President Zelaya. The picture on Greg Weeks’ blog says a lot, but when I saw it, I immediately thought, “Your tax dollars at work.” These Congressional representatives, who should have their hands full with health care and other issues, are choosing to insert themselves in this Honduras situation recognizing a de facto leader that doesn’t even have the support of the majority of the Honduran citizenry according to this recent poll.
A new poll released from a Honduran polling company shows that “Hondurans widely (by a margin of 2.3 to 1) oppose the coup, oppose coup ‘president’ Micheletti by a margin of 3 to 1 and favor the reinstatement of their elected President Manuel Zelaya by a clear majority of 3 to 2.” I find it appalling that Congressional representatives would go to Honduras and suggest that the US support the coup government that apparently isn’t even that popular with its own citizenry.
What do you think? Should our congressional representatives be involving themselves in the Honduras fiasco?