Bogus Honduran Elections
Hypocrites. US, Costa Rica, Panama,
Perú, Colombia & Israel. The only nations to recognize
the illegal elections
by Eva Golinger, www.chavezcode.com
"What are we going to do, sit for
four years and just condemn the coup?" a senior U.S. official,
speaking on the condition of anonymity, told reporters in Washington.
The true divides in Latin America - between
justice and injustice, democracy and dictatorship, human rights
and corporate rights, people's power and imperial domination -
have never been more visible than today. People's movements throughout
the region to revolutionize corrupt, unequal systems that have
isolated and excluded the vast majority in Latin American nations,
are successfully taking power democratically and building new
models of economic and social justice. Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua
and Ecuador are the vanguard of these movements, with other nations
such as Uruguay and Argentina moving at a slower pace towards
The region has historically been plagued
by brutal US intervention, seeking at all costs to dominate the
natural and strategic resources contained in this vast, abundant
territory. With the exception of the defiant Cuban Revolution,
Washington achieved control over puppet regimes placed throughout
Latin America by the end of the twentieth century. When Hugo Chávez
won the presidency in 1998 and the Bolivarian Revolution began
to root, the balance of power and imperial control over the region
started to weaken. Eight years of Bush/Cheney brought coup d'etats
back to the region, in Venezuela in 2002 against President Chávez
and Haiti in 2004 against President Aristide. The former was defeated
by a mass popular uprising, the latter succeeded in ousting a
president no longer convenient to Washington's interests.
Despite the Bush administration's efforts
to neutralize the spread of revolution in Latin America through
coups, economic sabotages, media warfare, psychological operations,
electoral interventions and an increasing military presence, nations
right across the border such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala
elected leftist-leaning presidents. Latin American integration
solidified with UNASUR (the union of South American nations) and
ALBA (the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas), and Washington's
grip on power began to slip away.
Henry Kissinger said in the seventies,
"if we can't control Latin America, how can we dominate the
world?" This imperial vision is more evident today than ever
before. Obama's presence in the White House was erroneously viewed
by many in the region as a sign of an end to US aggression in
the world, and especially here, in Latin America. At least, many
believed, Obama would downscale the growing tensions with its
neighbors to the south. In fact, he himself, the new president
of the United States, made allusion to such changes.
But now, the Obama administration's "Smart
Power" strategy has been unmasked. The handshakes, smiles,
gifts and promises of "no intervention" and "a
new era" made by President Obama himself to leaders of Latin
American nations last Spring at the Summit of the Americas meeting
in Trinidad have unraveled and turned into cynical gestures of
hypocrisy. When Obama came to power, Washington's reputation in
the region was at an all-time low. The meager attempts to "change"
the North-South relationship in the Americas have made things
worse and reaffirmed that Kissinger's vision of control over this
region is a state policy, irrespective of party affiliation or
Washington's role in the coup in Honduras
against President Zelaya has been evident from day one. The continual
funding of coup leaders, the US military presence at the Soto
Cano base in Honduras, the ongoing meetings between State Department
officials and the US Ambassador in Honduras, Hugo Llorens, with
coup leaders, and the cynical attempts to force "mediation"
and "negotiation" between the coup leaders and the legitimate
government of Honduras, have provided clear evidence of Washington's
intentions to consolidate this new form of "smart coup".
The Obama administration's initial public insistence on Zelaya's
legitimacy as president of Honduras quickly faded after the first
weeks of the coup. Calls for "restitution of democratic and
constitutional order" became weak whispers repeated by the
monotone voices of State Department spokesmen.
The imposition of Costan Rican president
Oscar Arias - a staunch ally of neoliberalism and imperialism
-to "mediate" the negotiation ordered by Washington
between coup leaders and President Zelaya was a circus. At the
time, it was apparent that Washington was engaging in a "buying
time" strategy, pandering to the coup leaders while publicly
"working" to resolve the conflict in Honduras. Arias'
insincerity and complicity in the coup was evident from the very
morning of Zelaya's violent kidnapping and forced exile. The Pentagon,
State Department and CIA officials present on the Soto Cano base,
which is controlled by Washington, arranged for Zelaya's transport
to Costa Rica. Arias had subserviently agreed to refuge the illegally
ousted president and to not detain those who kidnapped him and
piloted the plane that - in violation of international law - landed
in Costa Rican territority.
Today, Oscar Arias has called on all nations
to "recognize" the illegal and illegitimate elections
occurring in Honduras. Why not? he says, if there is no fraud
or irregularity, "why not recognize the newly elected president?"
The State Department and even President Obama himself have said
the same thing, and are calling on all nations - pressuring -
to recognize a regime that will be elected under a dictatorship.
Seems that fraud and irregularity are already present, considering
that today, no democracy exists in Honduras that would permit
proper conditions for an electoral process. Not to mention that
the State Department admitted to funding the elections and campaigns
in Honduras weeks ago. And the "international observers"
sent to witness and provide "credibility" to the illegal
process are all agencies and agents of empire. The International
Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute, both agencies
created to filter funding from USAID and the National Endowment
for Democracy (NED) to political parties abroad in order to promote
US agenda, not only funded those groups involved in the Honduran
coup, but now are "observing" the elections. Terrorist
groups such as UnoAmerica, led by Venezuelan coup leader Alejando
Peña Esclusa, have also sent "observers" to Honduras.
Miami-Cuban terrorist and criminal Adolfo Franco, former USAID
director, is another "heavyweight" on the list of electoral
observers in Honduras today.
But the Organization of American States
(OAS) and Carter Center, hardly "leftist" entities,
have condemned the electoral process as illegitimate and refused
to send observers. So has the United Nations and the European
Union, as well as UNASUR and ALBA.
Washington stands alone, with its right-wing
puppet states in Colombia, Panamá, Perú, Costa Rica
and Israel, as the only nations to have publicly indicated recognition
of the electoral process in Honduras and the future regime. A
high-level State Department official cynically declared to the
Washington Post, "What are we going to do, sit for four years
and just condemn the coup?" Well, Washington has sat for
50 years and refused to recognize the Cuban government. But that's
because the Cuban government is not convenient for Washington.
The Honduran dictatorship is.
The Honduran resistance movement is boycotting
the elections, calling on people to abstain from participating
in an illegal process. The streets of Honduras have been taken
over by thousands of military forces, under control of the coup
regime and the Pentagon. With advanced weapons technology from
Israel, the coup regime is prepared to massively repress and brutalize
any who attempt to resist the electoral process. We must remain
vigilant and stand with the people of Honduras in the face of
the immense danger surrounding them. Today's elections are a second
coup d'etat against the Honduran people, this time openly designed,
promoted, funded and supported by Washington. Whatever the result,
no justice will be brought to Honduras until Washington's intervention