Things just got more interesting and dangerous in Honduras.
Ousted President Manuel Zelaya has sneeked back into the country of Honduras. He is staying in the Brazilian Embassy. If you don't remember, he was removed by the Military in June after trying to pass an unconsititional amendment to the Honduran Constitution. He was facing presidential term limits and, following in the footsteps of his political ally, Hugo Chavez, he tried to amend the constitution.
The Congress said "no" but President Zelaya ignored them. It went to the Honduran Supreme Court, and they ruled the attempt by President Zelaya to amend the constitution illegal. President Zelaya made it clear that he did not care about the ruling. It was only then did the Military step in and remove Zelaya from office.
Now what? Well, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it clear the this "Military Coup" would not stand and the United States would withhold aid money to the Honduran Government.
Let us be clear, a Military Coup is when the military removes a civilian leader from the government an installs a military leader, or a number of military leaders (such as a Junta) to run the country. This did not happen. Under the Honduran Constitution, the military can enforce Supreme Court rulings. A civilian, an Interim President, Roberto Micheletti took over. He is ruling until the election date of November 29th of this year arrives.
Former President Zelaya's presence and words might now ignite violent clashes between his supporters and the military. Zelaya should respect the constitutional presidential limits and leave the country, but he won't. He is intoxicated with power. He is willing to plunge his country into a violent showdown between democratic and socialist camps, and if his side wins, the separation of powers, Democracy and the Honduran Constitution will lose.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can rescue Honduran Democracy, it's not too late. Brazil can offer Zelaya political asylum and a safe airplane trip to Brasilia, or maybe Caracas, where he can join his comrade, Hugo Chavez. President Hugo Chavez has made it clear that he supports Zelaya's methods.
We are the huge elephant in the room in this situation and it appears that this elephant is timid as a mouse when a Demoractic neighbor in Latin America is in trouble, it is a very sad situation.
We should be supporting Democracy in Latin America. Not Totalitarian Socialism, not Totalitarian Military rule, just Democracy, is that too much to ask for?
We will see what happens next.........