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Jewish World Review
July 14, 2009
/ 22 Tamuz 5769
Why I Came to Honduras
"Why have you come to Honduras?"
That is the question posed to me by Hondurans, surprised that
anyone from the outside world, let alone from the media, cares enough to now
visit their small country (population 8 million), a country that they
themselves consider relatively insignificant.
The question is a valid one. The U.S. State Department has
issued a travel alert (through July 29) warning Americans against coming
here. There are very few outsiders here now. The plane from Houston to San
Pedro Sula, Honduras' second largest city, was almost empty, and the few
passengers were nearly all Hondurans. The hotels are largely empty.
It is all eerily reminiscent of Jerusalem during the height of
the Intifada terror. I went there then for the same reason I have come to
Honduras now to broadcast my show and thereby show solidarity with an
unfairly isolated country, and to encourage, by example, people to visit
Israel then and Honduras now.
Honduras has joined Israel as a pariah nation. The United
Nations has condemned Honduras by a vote of acclamation, and the
Organization of American States has suspended it.
The way in which nearly all the world's media portray the legal,
Supreme Court-ordered ouster of President Manuel (Mel) Zelaya is one major
reason for the universal opprobrium. Because military men took part in the
deportation of the sitting president, it has been portrayed as a classic
Latin American "military coup," and who can support a military coup?
The lack of context in which this ouster took place has
prevented the vast majority of the world's news watchers and readers from
understanding what has happened.
I wonder how many people who bother to read the news as
opposed to only listen to or watch news reports know:
Zelaya was plotting a long-term, possibly lifetime, takeover
of the Honduran government through illegally changing the Honduran
Zelaya had personally led a mob attack on a military
facility to steal phony "referendum" ballots that had been printed by the
Weeks earlier, in an attempt to intimidate the Honduran
attorney general as reported by The Wall Street Journal's Mary Anastasia
O'Grady, one of the only journalists in the world who regularly reports the
whole story about Honduras "some 100 agitators, wielding machetes,
descended on the attorney general's office. 'We have come to defend this
country's second founding,' the group's leader reportedly said. 'If we are
denied it, we will resort to national insurrection.'"
No member of the military has assumed a position of power as
a result of the "military coup."
Zelaya's own party, the Liberal Party, supported his removal
from office and deportation from Honduras.
The Liberal Party still governs Honduras.
The United States is threatening to suspend all aid to one of
the three poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere in order to force that
country against its own laws and with the inevitable violence it would
entail to allow Zelaya back as president.
Yet, no Honduran I talked to said he or she wanted Honduras to
cave in to the American financial threat. "We will tighten our belts," one
man struggling to make a living told me. Indeed, what is happening is that
Hondurans are coming to realize that American aid even purely
humanitarian aid comes with strings.
In our increasingly morally confused i.e., left-wing
influenced world, even America is having a harder and harder time
distinguishing between right and wrong as it comes to value realpolitik and
a desire to be loved, from Iran to Venezuela to Honduras, more than it
values liberty. To the extent that Americans will be loved, it will be
thanks to supporting liberty and thanks to the work of American charities
such as Cure International, with its pediatric orthopedic hospital here and
in other impoverished places (www.cureinternational.org).
Let there be no ambiguity here. Little Honduras was supposed to
be the next country to lose its liberties as it joined the anti-American,
pro-Iranian Latin American left. But Little Honduras decided to fight back.
And this has infuriated Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, who will surely attempt to
foment violence in Honduras.
Therefore, if you love liberty, you will do whatever you can do
help Honduras resist Chavez and his allies, which include the United Nations
and Organization of American States.
There are many ways to do that. Buy Honduran goods. Write your
representatives in Washington to back the present, law-based Honduran
government. And, yes, even visit this friendly beleaguered place. When the
world's governments isolate a country, with few exceptions, that's all you
need to know about who the good guys are.
JWR contributor Dennis Prager hosts a national daily radio show based in Los Angeles. Click here to comment on this column.
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