Nearly three years after Lanny Davis — who was in the pay of the golpistas, or coup leaders — talked his old friend (and now Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton into talking President Obama into reversing course and tacitly backing the right-wing corporate coup in Honduras (and with archconservative modern-day plantation fantasist Jim DeMint backing up Davis by holding up various Obama nominations), we are starting to see some truth creep into the US establishment media about the murderous cauldron of hell Honduras has become as the golpistas work to slaughter all democratic opposition:
In Honduras, a Mess Made in the U.S.
The current government of President Lobo won power in a November 2009 election managed by the same figures who had initiated the coup. Most opposition candidates withdrew in protest, and all major international observers boycotted the election, except for the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute, which are financed by the United States.
President Obama quickly recognized Mr. Lobo’s victory, even when most of Latin America would not. Mr. Lobo’s government is, in fact, a child of the coup. It retains most of the military figures who perpetrated the coup, and no one has gone to jail for starting it.
This chain of events — a coup that the United States didn’t stop, a fraudulent election that it accepted — has now allowed corruption to mushroom. The judicial system hardly functions. Impunity reigns. At least 34 members of the opposition have disappeared or been killed, and more than 300 people have been killed by state security forces since the coup, according to the leading human rights organization Cofadeh. At least 13 journalists have been killed since Mr. Lobo took office, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
I can’t see how such words could have made it into the New York Times, the ultimate upholder of the neoliberal concensus mindset that is dictated to Americans, unless the Timesmen felt it was finally safe to allow these words onto their timidly-establishment pages. And by “safe” I mean “without fear of retribution from those who backed the coup”.
Of course, those of us not buddy-buddy with Lanny Davis, Jim DeMint, or the t-shirt and other companies backing the coup (and who didn’t want to pay their workers a living wage) are quite familiar with all of this and have been since the start of the coup nearly three years ago.