English: Honduran girls demonstrating against Manuel Zelaya. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Maybe it’s my 20 years of experience as a missionary in Latin America and living in Miami and being married to a wonderful lady from Honduras, plus my philosophy of liberty, provides some insight into the events in Venezuela, including the “coup” that has the attributes of an auto-coup engineered purge the armed forces and consolidate power.
That “coup” in Venezuela has all the attributes of an “auto-coup”.
To begin with, you have to remember that the “coup” started when Chavista political thugs fired on a million-person march that had been totally peaceful, KILLING at least a dozen people DEAD. He ordered the metro Caracas police away from the march to leave them exposed for this massacre.
Chavista politicians were recorded on video firing into the crowd. The Chavista-packed “courts” threw out all the murder charges in spite of the video, based on a flimsy whimsy excuse.
That’s not “anti-Americanism”, that’s MURDER.
Hondurans had their own Chavez-surrogate in dictator Manuel Zelaya, who led his own auto-COUP when he stopped obeying laws passed by Congress and defiantly disobeyed multiple court orders. He took international foreign aid and threw it into his own re-election president-for-life campaign. He was running a government that was totally outside the Honduran constitution, breaking all the records of corruption of before, even admitting to Jorge Ramos on the Univision cable channel that he had committed election fraud to get into the office.
Do not believe the lies. The CIA had nothing to do with getting Zelaya out of the Presidential Palace, which after his auto-coup that nobody understood to call it that, which it was, because a fully 85% of the Honduran population HATED his government by that time. They did NOT want to be like Venezuela or Cuba.
That made Hugo Chavez a NARCO-IMPERIALIST. Hundreds of drug planes have fallen in Honduran territory, and they all had Venezuelan registry.
All those demonstrators CNN liked to put on against the CONSTITUTIONAL Micheletti government? Bought and paid for. Chavez poured so many petro-dollars into Honduras for this fake movement that the Honduran currency, the lempira, went up TEN PERCENT against the dollar. The price kept going up for getting students into the street and manning barricades and blocking traffic.
So THE CHAVEZ AUTO-COUP DID WORK, AND IT DID WORK VERY WELL! Because it was a ruse to deceive military officers skeptical of the idea of stealing from the people to SAY they were giving to the poor, while Chavez created his own club of billionaires out of friends of his.
I realize that Aaron Russo said they planned on taking down Chavez, but he is no Gaddafi. It’s like a pack of wolves and a bear battling over who gets to eat the sheep.
It all has a George Soros stamp on it. He gave the keynote address to the summit of Caribbean and Central American presidents in the fall of 2008, where Zelaya was there and did some dinner and chit-chat with Chavez and Soros both.
And don’t forget, Chavez was no stranger to taking control by coup, as he engineered his own “coup that didn’t work”. Somebody put out a bio saying that what got him mad was orders to fire on Venezuelan citizens.
That’s a LIE, because he had no trouble backing up his own political thugs firing into the crowd during that fateful march in Caracas, and he had no trouble at all backing the FARC in their fight, despite their massacres of civilians in neighboring Colombia. Note that when FARC guerillas were caught on camera schmoozing it up with Venezuelan military officers on a base inside Venezuela, the Chavez government immediately ordered the journalist who discovered it to give up the whistleblower.
IF you support Bradley Manning, you should support that brave journalist in Venezuela.
She is also the one who exposed the Chavez plan to engineer a long series of killings in Honduras after the election there and to blame the murders on the Lobo “coup” government. It’s not a “coup” government in Honduras, but it sure is in Venezuela, where Chavez before, and his hand-picked successors now, do not even obey their own abusive constitution.
Hondurans have joined Cubans and Venezuelans in their gratitude that the demagogue dictator is out of the picture, even as they do not celebrate death per se. But they do not have a lot of hope.
God help us if libertarians get fooled by this narco-socialist or any other demagogue in the world. American libertarians are suffering from a lack of good information from other nations.
So let us remember. Demagogues and dictators come in any kind of label, whether “left” or “right” or “Islam” today.