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Tal Cual, Venezuela

Honduras and the 'Little Yankees'


"For once in its long history of outrages against its 'backyard,' the Empire is behaving with discretion and prudence. But ousted President Zelaya wants to return to power riding a gringo tank."




Translated By Douglas Myles Rasmussen


July 7, 2009


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Supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya clash with soldiers near the Toncontin International Airport, where Zelaya was attempting to land.


BBC NEWS VIDEO: Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya forced to divert his homecoming after it was barred from landing in Tegucigalpa, July 5, 00:01:59 RealVideo

For once in its long history of outrages against its “backyard,” the Empire is behaving with discretion and prudence, distancing itself from the one Latin American military coup that it hasn't had a hand in. And now we have the “anti-imperialist” Chacumbele demanding that the Empire put its gangs into Honduras.


[Editor's Note: In Cuba, a Chacumbele is someone who meets his death by his own actions. It is said that a Havana man named Chacumbele was a womanizer, and that one woman fell madly in love with him. Chacumbele ran around with other ladies, and so the first woman had a fit, and followed Chacumbele until she found him with his new lover, and proceeded to carve him up with a knife.]


Since he doesn't dare attack Obama directly, Chavez explains his conduct by pretending that he's a “hostage of the Empire,” and for that reason, he cannot act himself. 


Equally pathetic, if not more so, is [ousted Honduran President] Zelaya. After all, like all oligarchs in his country, among whom he is the most conspicuous, he's a long-time Pitiyanqui [little Yankee] himself. He has said nothing less than, “Obama, who has great power, should act in Honduras.” It must be the end of the world. Zelaya wants to return to power riding a gringo tank. 



What's really striking is that this other Chacumbele [Zelaya] didn't demand anything more from Brazil President Lula than a few words of condemnation of the coup. Nor did he demand anything of [Uruguay President] Tabaré or [Chilian President] Bachelet, who haven't been particularly talkative on the subject. 



Perhaps if we stopped to think about this a bit we'd realize that one of our most serious mistakes has been not to allow room for the continent's democracies to themselves take on the search for a solution to the Honduran crisis. 


When both of these Chacumbeles and the lecherous [Nicaraguan President] Ortega grabbed center stage - with the backing of Cuba and the nauseating opportunism of Insulza [Secretary General of the OAS], these protagonists were caught - and they prudently stepped back behind other governments.


Whoever heard the Chacumbele in Managua must have thought that although the coup was unacceptable, the position of the Venezuelan president was no less so. This Chavista meddling is worthy of certain episodes in the imperial history of the United States.


A PDVSA [Venezuala's ruling party] aircraft carrying Zelaya, in the presence of numerous Venezuelan activists sent to Honduras, along with election boxes for the “investigation,” are clearly acts that are disruptive of the sovereignty of Honduras.    


Ousted Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya in El Salvador,

after his plane was not permitted to land in Honduras.



It is worth noting that if the Organization of American States had met before Insulza's visit to Managua (where he undermined his position as mediator), in the midst of universal condemnation of the coup, it's feasible that the continent's democratic governments would have acted with a view to reaching a negotiated solution. 



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But when it comes to the battle to restore the ineffable “constitutional thread” in Honduras, the governments now stepping forward to lead have a democratic competence as dubious as that of Nicaragua and our own [Venezuela]. Meanwhile in the background are the governments of Cuba, which has none, and that of Cristina Kirchner, who just suffered an electoral fall, and Correa, who seems to want to challenge the stardom of the other Chacumbeles. Now you can understand why Lula, Bachelet, Tabaré and even Obama are going no further than what they've already offered. This is diplomatic prudence.  


































[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US July 8, 7:38pm]