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Honduras — Riding Tigers

A warning to President Obama from John F. Kennedy.

By 7.8.09

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President Obama has denounced the actions taken by the Honduran Congress, Supreme Court and military, all actions taken under the rule of law -- Honduran law -- in the nonviolent arrest and removal from office of strongman (caudillo) Manuel Zelaya. President Obama's denunciation was based, using Jay D. Homnick's apt phrase, on "standard collegiate peacenik rhetoric."

Joining in this shame are the UN General Assembly that approved a resolution by consensus without a formal vote on June 30 (press releasetext), and the Organization of American States (OAS) that issued a resolution by acclamation on July 5 (press release and text).

Among the supporters of Zelaya are the caudillo of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, the president of the United Nations General Assembly, and the secretary general of the OAS. Who are the latter two?

The General Secretary of the OAS is José Miguel Insulza. He is a Chilean lawyer who obtained an M.A. in political science from the University of Michigan. He was a part of the Marxist Allende government and was exiled from Chile from 1973 to 1988.  

The president of the United Nations General Assembly is Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann. From 1979 to 1990 he was the Foreign Minister of the Marxist, Sandinista, Nicaraguan government. His official biography on the United Nations website, presumably one approved by d'Escoto, repeatedly states that he is a Catholic priest. The biography ignores the fact that the Vatican suspended his priestly faculties, and those of two other Sandinista priests, Ernesto and Fernando Cardenal, in the 1980s, more than 20 years ago.

In his Inaugural Address, President Kennedy issued a warning to former colonies who sought to model themselves after the Soviet Union. He warned them to defend their own freedoms and not seek power by riding the back of the Soviet tiger lest they end up inside. Today, his words serve as a warning to President Obama. Instead of supporting the Hondurans who are defending their freedom, he is riding the tigers of international socialists like Zelaya, Chavez, d'Escoto and Insulza. He will end up inside.

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James M. Thunder is a Washington, D.C. attorney.