EVEN IF THEIR MOUTHS SAY OTHERWISE, BARACK OBAMA AND HILLARY CLINTON ARE SO FAR BACKING THE HONDURAN COUP

EVEN IF THEIR MOUTHS SAY OTHERWISE, BARACK OBAMA AND HILLARY CLINTON ARE SO FAR BACKING THE HONDURAN COUP

"A senior U.S. official said Friday the Obama administration continues to stress to Mr. Zelaya its opposition to him trying to return. The official said Washington fears another attempt by Mr. Zelaya could reignite political tensions while undercutting efforts to find a negotiated settlement. 'Zelaya is well aware of our position," the official said.'"

Such statements are very disturbing, especially combined with the fact that the administration has not issued a single warning to the coup government, which has already shot and killed peaceful demonstrators, that such human rights abuses are unacceptable.

In fact, there has not been a single statement from the Obama administration since President Zelaya was overthrown on June 28, condemning the violations of human rights and civil liberties committed by the coup government. These violations include shootings and beatings; arrests, intimidation and deportation of journalists; and the closing of independent radio and TV stations. ....

President Zelaya is, as President Obama has pointed out, the legitimate president of Honduras. He is also a Honduran citizen, and has the right to return to his country. The United States government should be defending democracy in Honduras, and the civil and human rights of its citizens - not trying to make it look as though those who defend these rights are doing something wrong.

The Obama administration's position puts it outside the consensus of the hemisphere and the world, which has called - through the OAS and the UN General Assembly — for the "immediate and unconditional" reinstatement of President Zelaya. The repeated refusals of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, when asked by the press, to say that the United States government also seeks Zelaya's reinstatement have further muddied the waters about where the administration stands. Such ambiguity feeds the resolve of the dictatorship to try and run out the clock on President Zelaya's remaining months in office.

The United States has trained and funded the Honduran army; the generals who led the coup were trained at the School of the Americas in Ft. Benning, Georgia; the Obama administration by its own admission was in discussions with the Honduran military up to the day before the coup. All of this places greater responsibility on the administration to help reverse this coup. Yet the administration has refused to take even modest steps such as freezing the bank accounts of the perpetrators, despite appeals from the legitimate government of Honduras and from civil society. ....

(Source: "Over 55 Organizations and Scholars Call on Obama Administration to Warn Honduran Regime Against Further Violence," Common Dreams. July 20, 2009.)

Obama and Clinton have taken the same garbage position as has the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga. See my posts:

OBAMA ON HONDURAS AND ZELAYA: FOOT DRAGGING

ARCHBISHOP OF TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS, CARDINAL OSCAR RODRIGUEZ MARADIAGA SUPPORTS THE COUP AGAINST ZELAYA: DISTRIBUTISM VERSUS LIBERATION THEOLOGY, PEACEFUL REFORM AND REDISTRIBUTION

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