Things are popping in Honduras after weeks of an ongoing stalemate. Roberto Micheletti, the country's interim President, has suggested that Jorge Rivera Avilas step-in as President until the next election. A local Honduran newspaper reports Zelaya's misuse of public funds and his luxury lifestyle. And wouldn't you know, a major U.S. newspaper recently editorialized that nothing short of Zelaya's return to the presidency can be considered a victory for the citizens of that country. Zelaya's return they say would "reverse the clear breach of democratic order that occurred."
View a 13 minute video interview with Mr. Aviles here, and hear him explain that his country "defended" the Constitution, and how Zelaya broke many of the country's laws before they finally took action. The video is moderated by a PJTV reporter, and Aviles speaks in Spanish with well-done sub-titles. The editorial from the Washington Post mentioned above, goes on to say there are a few things that Mr. Zelaya must do, of course, if Mr. Micheletti's government allows Zelaya back into the President's seat.
Those things are, Zelaya must NOT do what he was doing before he was ousted:
...he would have to abandon his attempt to hold an illegal referendum on changing the Honduran constitution, and he would have to leave office when his term ends in January.This, WaPo says, would "be a victory for the Hondurans who supported Mr. Zelaya's ouster because they feared he was attempting to mimic Mr Chavez's dismantling of Venezuela's democracy." Is this shameful spin, or what?
Make no mistake about it: Honduras and what happens to the Michelletti interim government matters, here and around the world. Zelaya's international supporters abuse the word "democracy" and ignore Honduran law, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Roberto Micheletti's government has the Honduran Constitution behind it.
Zelaya is a traitor - but he is one of the few traitors among the neighboring dictators who have not gotten away with snatching liberty from the people. Honduran auditors are now accusing Manual Zelaya of spending $6 million of the people's money on "horses, vacations and Harley Davidson motorcycles."
Government officials distributed a lengthy list of what they claimed were Zelaya's pet luxury items, including cash for the upkeep of his horses as well as airline tickets, jewelry, the use of a private helicopter, and his own top-of-the-range motorbike, local media reported.The Obama administration continues to cut aid to Honduras - $30 million just this past week. If you are a regular reader here at Maggie's Notebook, you know that I, and my contributors, believe the Supreme Court had every right to make the decision to scoot the traitor Zelaya across a border anywhere - which is just what they did. One of my readers left a detailed comment on one of my posts on Honduras and has given me permission to use his statement. Hector Caballero's comments go to the heart of the fate ahead for the Honduran people - sovereignty:
In an audit of Zelaya's expenses by judicial authorities, the mustachioed leader -- who was ushered out of the country on June 28 in a military-backed coup -- also spent money on expensive wines renting high-end real estate.