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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Another Failed Attempt

Mel Zelaya tried to come home again yesterday. In my opinion, yet another move on his part that further shows the mentality of this man. I think the only 2 people he is listening to is Hugo Chavez and the little voice in his head that has given him such bad advice all along. Chavez (again, my opinion) would love for Zelaya to become a martyr. Why else would he send him to the border for a showdown with the police? And yes, I do believe Chavez is pulling his strings...such a Pinocchio. Nearly the entire time he spent standing on the brink of the Honduran border, he was on cell phones that people kept handing him. I wonder who he was talking to? Maybe the girlfriend of the guy who handed him the phone? Hugo, his best bud? Perhaps Insulza, who was screaming at him..."What the hell are you thinking??" I can't think of a single person who would have advised him to do what he did. And I'm curious as to who it was that convinced him to turn around and go back to Nicaragua. I think he was a bit miffed that he didn't have the expected welcoming committee of around 500,000 supporters, better known as the Red team, and instead saw 3-400. Could it have been the strategic roadblocks (dump trucks dumped dirt on the highway, effectively blocking the roads) set up to keep the number of supporters to a minimum? The pro-Zelaya demonstrations have been slowly fizzling out, probably due to the fact that they aren't being paid to attend these fun functions. When you get 3 tortillas and a ziplock bag of water in return for being bused to a get together (and you have no idea why), my guess is you stop attending. And then you have to figure out how to get back home.

Secretary Clinton called this visit "reckless." I call it an opportunity to get worldwide attention. CNN ("Chavez News Network") just now did a 20 second report on it and mentioned he had several hundred supporters there. Several hundred???? Most were reporters. And some of those supporters got a bit rowdy and started throwing rocks at the police. CNN reported that 2 people were injured when shots were fired to quell the crowd. Every gathering of those against the return of Zelaya (known as the White team) have been peaceful and MASSIVE. No one is reporting on the numbers because *gasp* that might show just what the people of Honduras really want. They don't want this man back in power. He stole from this country, he is guilty of misuse of power among other things and this country deserves better. They deserve support in their quest of a decent life. And they are not going to give in to pressures from outside of their country. My heart goes out to those who are standing up for their rights to a president who will be FOR the people, not for what he can get out of the office.

Mel Zelaya, go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect any more of this country's money.

10 comments:

La Gringa said...

Someone reported "an equal number of supporters at the border"...as at the San Pedro march! Hah! Are these people getting their reports from Kansas?

Debi said...

I can only hope that the variet of news networks in the states are reporting more accurate info. I have CNN on right now (sunday morning) and they are still showing the trailer across the bottom "Ousted Honduran president returns to Honduran border." It was there yesterday too. To clarify things...he returned Friday and went back. He also returned yesterday and again today? I guess they won't care enough to update their trailers until there's something new to report...like riots.

La Gringa said...

CNN (Esp) finally had more balanced coverage on Friday night. A breakthrough!

Yellow Flower said...

MSNBC really had a lot of coverage/photos on the Zelaya supporters...most of the news was referencing the violence. Only a few references to the Micheletti supporters.

Thanks for presenting the other side.

Cyndi

Debi said...

Yellow Flower, it's been so frustrating to see the lack of coverage on those who support the current President. It is the responsibility of news agencies to present both sides and let us make up our minds. But when all you see is exaggerated support for someone as bad as Zelaya, those not close to it can so easily draw the wrong conclusion. I'm glad you're reading blogs like mine...thanks!

Anonymous said...

What the networks would like is an escalation of violence. This is what the normal outsider finds interesting and boosts ratings.
Debi, are your bosses really behind Zelaya? I was hoping that behind the scenes they would truly be not supporting him. However, at this point I am convinced otherwise. Do you know anyone who is interested in buying real estate in SPS?

Debi said...

Don't be so convinced that we are behind the support of Zelaya. The Ambassador does what he is told from DC. He is a good man. No one I know at the embassy is supportive of the return of Mel. We (people I work with)are all uncomfortable with the support given him by our government. It's all about Democracy and is so complicated. If we don't support the return of Mel to power, we are not supporting Democracy. Down teh road, it will probably come back to haunt us (the US). If Mel had not been removed from the country, it would be different. But if he had been jailed, you and I both know there would have been violence and bloodshed. I believe Micheletti did what he thought was best.

DON GODO said...

Thanks for the info in your blog. I'm an American citizen, with Honduran residency, married to a Honduran. I thought the embassy people were all against us and turned their backs on us in order to curry favor with Chavez.

Thanks for restoring my faith...

Debi said...

Thank you Don. I'm trying to present my opinion and, at the same time, try to explain why the prevailing sentiment is to have Zelaya returned to power. It's so complicated. The steps taken by the military/congress weren't done according to the high standards of Democracy. Removing him from the country was probably not the best move, in my opinion. Yet to have kept him in the country might have caused more deaths due to violent demonstrations...is my guess. I have many friends in the states who can only get news about this situation online so I try to make lots of information available to them here. I try to balance it but sometimes it's difficult. Never give up your faith in your country. We aren't all privy to everything that's going on behind the scenes and hopefully, this crisis will be resolved to the benefit of the Hondurans who so dearly want a better way of life.

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