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    MindRayge, mariachi mama

    Honduras is enmeshed in the international system by virtue of its membership in the UN, the Central American Parliament, international trade etc.

    The US has been up to its ears in interfering with the Honduran government for eons.

    Since 1982, this is a good encapsulation of history, from the Progressive (thanks Al).

    After the passage of the constitution in 1982, the military cemented its dominion over Honduran political affairs. The generals kept a tight rein on the population through a military death squad unit known as “Battalion 316,” which was trained by the CIA and killed hundreds of Hondurans. (Former members of this battalion also took part in the recent coup.)

    In the early 1980s, CIA station chiefs and the U.S. Embassy led by then-Ambassador John Negroponte called the shots in Honduras. (Negroponte went on to hold various senior posts in the George W. Bush administration, including director of national intelligence.) The country became the staging ground for the Reagan administration’s covert wars against rebels in El Salvador and the socialist Sandinista government in Nicaragua.

    Deep U.S. involvement endures to this day. Honduras maintains a large U.S. military base that is one of the Pentagon’s last remaining footholds in Latin America, while the Honduran military still receives millions in U.S. taxpayer dollars. This same military has brutally repressed massive street demonstrations clamoring for the return of the country’s democratically elected leader.

    The funding bill for this assistance plainly states that U.S. military aid will be cut for “any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree.”

    As an anthropolgist, I can tell you that you can go too far with relativism. In this case you end up being apathetic or approving of a brutal military coup that is NOT good for Honduras by any stretch of the imagination,.

    A coup is NEVER a good thing, lets not be naive.

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