Tag Archives: ronald reagan

Silence as a cowardly means of intervention

article-1102951-02E9C2BB000005DC-843_468x824How Many Deaths Does Obama Need in Honduras? – Español

By Atilio A. Boron

Translation: Machetera

Last Friday the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Honduras (CODEH) issued a report blaming the de facto president of that country and putschist leader, Roberto Micheletti, for the more than 101 extrajudicial murders and summary executions perpetrated from June 28th to the current date.  The CODEH was created on May 11, 1981, by a group of Honduran citizens concerned by the serious human rights violations that were taking place in that country when Ronald Reagan decided to make it a platform from which the White House could launch its offensive against the Sandinista revolution which had just triumphed in Nicaragua, and the Frente Farabundo Martí (FMLN) in El Salvador, which was gradually winning the struggle against the Salvadoran army and its U.S. “advisors.”  As will be recalled, Reagan put John Negroponte at the head of that operation, a man devoid of moral scruples who did not hesitate to organize death squads and involve himself in the arms and drugs trafficking of the Iran-Contra operation directed by Colonel Oliver North.  CODEH’s firm struggle and its uncompromising defense of human rights did not please the Honduran government which only granted this organization official legal status thirteen years after its creation, in November of 1994. Continue reading