I often thought of translating Vicky Peláez’s pieces but somehow never found the time. Here’s one from December of last year. It’s not too hard to imagine why the State Department would have liked to shut her up.
The Empire’s Elections in Honduras
Vicky Peláez – El Diario NY
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 – español
Venceréis pero no convenceréis
[You’ll win but you won’t convince] – Miguel de Unamuno
The United States can change its strategy and tactics but its national interests are set in stone. It proved this when, without making much noise, threatening, or brandishing arms as it has in the past, it imposed its will by breaking the weakest link in the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America (ALBA): Honduras. Ignoring every democratic precept that it has supposedly preached for the last 200 years, it threw human rights and international relations in the wastebasket, and forgot its promises of support for the deposed president, Manuel Zelaya. In this way, refusing to hear the clamor of the Honduran popular resistance and the opnion of the majority of the countries in the world, the Big Boss supported the putschists in order to hold illegal presidential elections, and now Honduras has a new wolf as its president.
This time the Marines weren’t sent in; rather, 800 people of Hispanic origin contracted by [U.S.] intelligence services, as well as a large group of Miami Cubans in order to “help prevent disorder during the elections,” which really meant intimidating the population. And they achieved it, along with 30,000 soldiers and national police deployed on the streets of the country, imposing the supposed “opposition candidate to the Micheletti coup:” Porfiero Lobo Sosa, of the National Party. Of course he won. They say that with 61% of votes cast he won 55.9% against the 38 percent for Micheletti’s candidate, Elvin Santos of the Liberal Party. What they don’t say is that there was a large abstention; between 65 and 75 percent of the electorate. In other words, the people didn’t vote.
This was already known, as well as the fact that Alan García and Álvaro Uribe, the presidents vying for the Big Boss’s favor, would hurry to recognize the elections, repeating Hillary Clinton’s instructions about “using elections to get rid of dictatorships.” Costa Rica, Panama, Japan and Israel also confirmed their loyalty to the United States in confirming the legality of the illegal. So Porfirio Lobo couldn’t help but win, and the Honduran oligarchy rejoices.
Son of prosperous landowners, and curiously, a former member of the Communist Party who trained at the School for Communist Leaders’ Cadres in the former Soviet Union, in the United States he turned into one of the privileged. In 1980, when “Pepe,” as Porfirio Lobo is known, renounced the Communist Party and became a member of the extreme rightwing National Party, it was suspected that he’d become a CIA infiltrator. No-one knows if he is guided by ideology or by personal ambition, but he finally ended up climbing the ladder of power in Honduras.
Meanwhile, the legitimate president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, remains trapped in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, without an exit, betrayed by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, in whom he placed his hopes for justice. He couldn’t figure out in time that the coup de’etat, his displacement to Costa Rica and even his return to Honduras in order to isolate him was planned by the Big Boss, deceiving him with promises of support.
The oligarchy retook power in Honduras but the resistance movement also strengthened itself and as long as injustice and poverty remain dominant, the struggle will continue. The ALBA countries have also been warned about the battles that await them.
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