… or : The mouse that roared.
In a welcome about-face, the State Department told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Richard Lugar, R-Ind., in a letter Tuesday that the U.S. would no longer threaten sanctions on Honduras for ousting its president, Mel Zelaya, last June 28.
Nor will it insist on Zelaya’s return to power. As it turns out, the U.S. Senate can’t find any legal reason why the Honduran Supreme Court’s refusal to let Zelaya stay in office beyond the time allowed by Honduran law constitutes a “military coup.”
This marks a shift. The U.S. at first supported Zelaya, a man who had been elected democratically but didn’t govern that way. Now they’re reaching out to average Hondurans, the real democrats.
Sure, the U.S. continues to condemn Zelaya’s ouster and still seeks mediation of the dispute through Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. But no U.S. sanctions means Hondurans have won.
Barak Obama: Doesn’t want to ‘meddle’ in Iran (where democracy is stomped on and shot at by the Mullah’s thugs), unable to meddle in tiny Honduras (where democracy was defended by all who were not Zelaya or his cronies). I can think of only one word: FAIL!
And our congratulations to Honduras! Just goes to show that a little spine can go a long way…