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Tuesday, July 21, 2009


The Honduran "coup"? The world says "yes", the U.S. says "no"

In a hardly unsurprising move, the U.S. State Department has now categorically stated that what happened in Honduras was not a "coup," although strangely enough they are willing to call it "the extra-constitutional way in which President Zelaya was removed from power," which certainly sounds like a "coup" to me (as it does to the rest of the world, including the EU, which today suspended aid to Honduras).

For those who are confused about this, by the way, with all the talk of "Zelaya violating the Constitution" etc., and the faux claims of the "legality" of what happened, there is actually only one very simple fact you need to know. The Honduran military forged a letter of resignation from Zelaya as part of the coup. If the action was legal (and how on earth could kidnapping someone in their pajamas and deporting them from the country be "legal" anyway?), why would a letter of resignation be necessary?

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