Saturday, July 04, 2009

The OAS is being a hypocrite

With all the hoopla surrounding Honduras, the OAS is the organization that comes out losing. They are losing credibility and influence (if there was any left) by the second.

I don't agree with throwing Zelaya out of Honduras, but his arrest was legally and politically well founded. Yet the OAS, and the US, can't keep themselves from supporting Zelaya and telling Honduras what they should do.

My disbelief is best expressed through the words of Ed:

However, it seems more than odd that the OAS has made such a fetish out of Zelaya while they’re preparing to admit Cuba, with its military junta firmly in place for the last 50 years. After all, even if the Hondurans botched the removal of Zelaya — and they did — the legislature and the courts have solid grounds on which to remove him. And while the military conducted the arrest and the extra-legal expulsion of Zelaya from his country, they did not seize power and install a military junta. Instead, they followed the orders of the civilian government, which retained political power all along.

If Cuba belongs in the OAS, then Honduras belongs as well, and on their own terms. If the OAS and the Obama administration want to defend democracy, they should stop isolating the democracy that fumbled the legal and justifiable removal of a renegade executive and focus on the dictatorship in Havana.

Couldn't have said it better myself.