La Gringa: An Interview and Commentary on Honduras

2009 October 14
by INC

Babalú is one of the blogs I have checked for news on the Honduras.  This afternoon Ziva Sahl linked to an interview with an American woman, La Gringa, who has been living in the Honduras and has been blogging about the Honduran crisis.  Sahl describes her as:

An American, living a quiet life in Honduras, blogging about her garden and family unexpectedly became the honest English language source for Honduran news after Zelaya’s constitutional removal from office.   Jose Reyes has an online interview with La Gringa.

Reyes has the interview up at Cubanology: An interview with La Gringa’s Blogicito from Honduras.  Her insightful comments range from the night Zelaya was removed to the attitude of Hondurans towards their constitution and to Chávez.  Here are her comments on the Obama administration (my emphasis):

11. In your opinion, can you make some sort of prediction on the immediate future of Honduras and its relationship with the Obama administration?

La Gringa’s response:

Big questions! The best thing that can happen is that the participants of Guaymuras dialogue will come to an agreement which will be accepted by the world, but I’m not sure that will be possible. All sectors of the government and most sectors of civil society have said that returning Zelaya to office would violate the constitution. The second best solution would be that the world will recognize Honduran elections and that the country will return to peace at least by January when the new president takes office.

First a little background: Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were thought of as practically celebrities in Honduras. There was as much celebration when President Obama won the election as there is for a Honduran election. Now, however, all of the Hondurans that I know think that the Obama administration has treated Honduras very unfairly, has judged them without knowing the facts or giving their government officials the opportunity to explain.

The US has acted like the 800-pound gorilla showing very little respect for the honor and dignity of Honduras. Although the US has claimed to only be following the lead of the OAS, behind the scenes the US has put a lot of pressure on the presidential candidates and businessmen, including American businessmen in Honduras. Some have even described the US State Department actions as threats. Honduras will always have ties to the US, but my opinion is that the USA has lost a lot of trust with this meddling. On the other hand, if the US should admit that they made a hasty decision and change their stand, that would go a long way toward making amends.

Yet Obama continues to cast the Bush administration as The Ugly American!  It is worth your time to read the entire interview.

Yesterday and today at La Gringa’s Blogicito, she posted on the UN report I discussed in UN Study: Honduran Removal of Zelaya Was Legal.

In this telephone interview with Hondudiario Executive Director Aristides Aceituno, he states that he has part of the UN report (discussed in the last article) which clearly declares that the action to remove Manuel Zelaya was a constitutional succession.

Aceituno also said that the report states that many of the problems that happened in Honduras had roots in the UN General Assembly, led by Miguel D’Escoto Brockman, in which they came to a decision about Honduras in only 48 hours without any investigation. He seemed to be reading from the report when he said that the UN General Assembly did not have authority to decide on a domestic matter of Honduras and that the UN resolution taken on June 30 violated Article 2.7 of the UN’s own charter which states that they are not authorized to intervene in internal matters of any state.

Aceituno refers to Carlos Arturo Reina’s statement that this report has no validity, but says that the report clearly concludes that there was no coup d’etat in Honduras, that it was a constitutional succession.

An anonymous commenter to my last article wrote that it is true that the report exists and that Zelaya’s man in the UN, Jorge Arturo Reina, is trying to block its issuance. In Aceituno’s interview, he says that any country could make the report public at any time.

She quotes the UN Secretary General’s reiteration that the position of the UN is that Zelaya’s removal was a “coup” and writes:

So, apparently like the US Library of Congress report, which also concluded that the Honduran Supreme court acted correctly, this report will also be ignored because it does not coincide with the knee-jerk reactions that were taken in the first 48 hours, without any investigation or dialogue with the parties involved except Manual Zelaya who has been proven over and over again to be a liar.

Information and commentary in the niche of being in the right place at the right time is blogging at its best!  She is someone to read on the continuing situation in the Honduras.

H/T: Babalú Blog, Cubanology, La Gringa’s Blogicito.

14 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 October 14 8:20 pm
    mpthompson permalink

    On the other hand, if the US should admit that they made a hasty decision and change their stand, that would go a long way toward making amends.

    From Obama? Ha! Fat chance on that one.

  2. 2009 October 14 8:24 pm
    INC permalink

    I agree–it won’t happen unless his hand is forced in some way.

  3. 2009 October 14 8:41 pm
    janzam permalink

    …and, even if Obama changes his course of action with Honduras, I think he has already blown his trust with this country, showing was a fickle friend he really is.

    Basically, the damage has already been done.

  4. 2009 October 14 8:46 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    INC, I have a friend, a 75 yr old Honduran co-usher at my Catholic Church. He goes to Honduras every year and has family and employs people there to watch for his modest summer home that he visits each year. He is in a state of shock about Barack Obama.

    But the big pictue is this: why? It is the globalist George Soros. One world order. So it makes sense that to have order you cant have pesky little islands of freedom. And it shows what the real goal of the Obama/Soros agenda is. One World, one leader, with marching orders for the other tribes.

  5. 2009 October 14 8:53 pm
    INC permalink

    Bruce, thanks for the info about your friend. The level of betrayal that the Hondurans feel must be immense. They probably never thought they’d see a US President on the side of the likes of Chavez.

    Obama’s actions towards Honduras has been quite revealing of his true attitudes towards liberty and a government directed by the people and their constitution.

  6. 2009 October 14 8:58 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Got to love this one! Some raw HONESTY on Obamacare from the left:

    “Obama Advisor Reveals Brutal Obamacare Truths
    Posted by: Meredith Jessup”

    Got to love this line from ole Robert Reich:

    “Thank you. And by the way, we’re going to have to, if you’re very old, we’re not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It’s too expensive…so we’re going to let you die.”

    “Also I’m going to use the bargaining leverage of the federal government in terms of Medicare, Medicaid—we already have a lot of bargaining leverage—to force drug companies and insurance companies and medical suppliers to reduce their costs. What that means, less innovation and that means less new products and less new drugs on the market which means you are probably not going to live much longer than your parents. Thank you.”

  7. 2009 October 14 9:02 pm
    INC permalink

    Wylie, what about his intro to those lines????

    I’ll actually give you a speech made up entirely, almost on the spur of the moment, of what a candidate for president would say if that candidate did not care about becoming president. In other words, this is what the truth is and a candidate will never say, but what a candidate should say if we were in the kind of democracy where citizens were honored in terms of their practice of citizenship and they were educated in terms of what the issues were and they could separate myth from reality in terms of what candidates would tell them:

  8. 2009 October 14 9:51 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #7 Sounded like typical arrrogant/elitest liberal BS to me. Essentially, he is saying people are stupid. Therefore, let a genius like me breakdown for you morons. Then he goes on to tell them about the wonderful tyrannies and sacrifices of government run HC that must be imposed on them “for their own good” of course.

    All which would be unneccessay and of individual choice in a true Free Market health care system.

    Yep, gotta love the statist!

  9. 2009 October 14 10:02 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Simply “hoe”rific this is:

    mmmmmmm, me thinks government Nationalization of health care is bad!

  10. 2009 October 15 5:22 am
    mulletover permalink

    The theory in Southeast Asia years ago was likened to dominos. You let one country fall to despotism, and it sets up the inevitable result in neighboring countries. At the cost of 12 years, much treasure, and 58,000 American lives, we held the falling dominos back. As soon as ted kennedy and the democrats, uh progressives, cut the funding to the war effort, the cataclysm occurred at a cost of freedom for tens of millions, and death to 2 million.

    Honduras is a domino. El Salvador and Costa Rico and others teeter on the edge as well. We have precious few democracies (read friends) in Central and South America, and they are invaluable to our security and economy.

    Obama is more comfortable with Chavez and Ortega as all three faithfully serve their master Soros. They are all evil individuals, and more importantly, part of an evil cabal. If not stopped, we will all suffer the same fate as the Cambodians.

    History is a great teacher.

  11. 2009 October 15 8:25 am
    janzam permalink

    In Honduras the Obama administration seeks the restoration to power of a lawfully deposed Chavista thug. Among other things, in pursuit of this objective, the administration has cut off aid and yanked visas from Honduran officials who supported the thug Manuel Zelaya’s removal. These officials reportedly include the fifteen justices of the Honduran Supreme Court and Jose Alfredo Saavedra, president of the Honduran Congress.

    According to Mary Anastasia O’Grady: “The lesson, presumably, is that judges in small foreign nations are required to accept America’s interpretation of their own laws.” O’Grady rightly observed: “The upshot is that the U.S. is trying to force Honduras to violate its own constitution and is also using its international political heft to try to interfere with the country’s independent judiciary.”

    The case of Honduras Power Line link

    When you couple the above story with this one in Newsmax:

    The Obama administration has cut funding for pro-democracy and human rights programs in Iran, reversing years of efforts during the Bush administration to help develop a civil society, congressional sources told Newsmax this week.

    Obama cuts pro-democracy funds for Iran Newsmax link

    What is Obama trying to achieve? It seems the only people he fills his dance card with are the thugs and dictators of the world. Are those the people he wishes to emulate? Is this the future he wants to cultivate and bestow on America?

    Wake up people!

  12. 2009 October 15 9:03 am
    INC permalink

    Jan, I think they are the people he wishes to emulate. It fits his entire MO. He and his ilk know best for everyone. Sowell’s book title, Vision of the Anointed, was never a more fitting description of anyone. Obama is also into power because he wants to do what he wants to do without anyone stopping him.

    If he could trash our Constitution he would. Why do I think that? Because anyone who truly believed in the Constitution and was dedicated to upholding and defending it would never have acted in the Honduran situation the way he did. His actions in Iran that you mentioned demonstrate this as well.

  13. 2009 October 15 2:45 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Good posts, all.

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