Skip to comments.The United States as United Fruit (U.S. supporting constitutionally ousted president!)
Posted on 09/16/2009 8:48:58 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah
In the old days, countries such as Honduras were pejoratively called "banana republics" because of their reliance on single a crop economy and a strong-arm government servile to a small, wealthy elite. Large American companies could buy their strongmen and effectively make the rules.
Honduras is past that, but the United States apparently thinks it is the United Fruit Company and Secretary of State Clinton is Sam Zemurray. Who?
Sam Zemurray first owned Cuyamel Fruit (later sold to United Fruit). Worried that taxes in Honduras that would wipe out his company, he smuggled a deposed leader, Manuel Bonilla, back into the country, starting a revolution. Bonilla returned to power and granted Zemurray land concessions and low taxes that saved his business. As President of United Fruit, Zemurray later tried to oust the president of Bolivia.
Honduras has a 27-year-old constitution, a democratically elected parliament, an independent judiciary and a free press. It met American political and economic terms for a $135 million Millennium Challenge Grant. In June, the Honduran government and supreme court constitutionally ousted Manuel Zelaya, a president who violated both the terms of the constitution and the rules of his office. The Honduran army-the body charged in Honduras with executing the court's warrant-carried out the arrest, acting at all times under civilian authority. The interim government, led by a member of Zelaya's own party, is now preparing to participate in a previously scheduled, competitive presidential election at the end of November.
But United Fruit, or rather the United States, wants Zelaya back in office. Now.
The United States followed the lead of those great democracies Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela in supporting the ouster of Honduras from the Organization of American States (OAS). The State Department suspended non-immigrant and non-emergency visa services, $31 million in scheduled aid and $11 million remaining in the Millennium Challenge account. [Chump change next to the billions in TARP, but a lot of money for Honduras.] After a meeting between Secretary Clinton and Zelaya, a State Department spokesman said, "restoration of the terminated assistance will be predicated upon a return to democratic, constitutional governance in Honduras." ["Return to"? They never left it.] But he said the United States would not recognize the upcoming election. "That election must be... open to all Hondurans... At this moment, we would not be able to support the outcome of the scheduled elections."
It sounds more like the United States won't recognize the outcome of any election that doesn't put its guy back in office. Or any election held before its guy is back in office.
Why does the United States have "its guy" in Honduras anyhow?
For now, the Honduran government-with the apparent backing of the its public, save some Nicaraguan-sponsored tire burners-is standing firm in the face of tremendous pressure to install Manuel Bonilla-or Manuel Zelaya-as the strongman for the United Fruit Company or, rather the United States.
It is impossible that we cannot do better.
What happened anyhow, did the World Court somehow nullify the provision in the Honduran constitution that they followed? The only problem was they kicked Zelaya out of the country instead of clapping him in irons. They should offer very eagerly to fix that situation.
Colonialism makes a comeback, under Obama
I hope they tell hillary and obama to go to hell and prevail!!!
Another problem is that Chavez has been bringing foreigners into the country to support the anti-Constitution man Zelaya. Our colonialist government actions makes no sense.
No, it's not the US. It's obumber and his minions,
No chance. Bummer will simply sulk about it till his last day in the oval office.
I thought GLAAD was United Fruit.
Only when they march with ACORN.
And where the heck is the media in this? Never mind.
If the world ought to hate the USA for a cause, this would be it. But I don’t hear any cacophony of global criticism. Seems this little exercise in banana republicanism is yawnsville.
It wasn’t a good precedent from 0bama’s point of view.
Sarahcudas articles force them to respond and look foolish.
Last night on Fox Greta did an excellent interview with the new president of Honduras. He explained in detail and minced no words on what his country’s Constitution read. It’s too bad our POTUS and State Dept. cannot understand legalese.
The ass wipe that was thrown out was trying to become another CHAVEZ, or maybe like Big Zero!
Huh? I never said what Bummer is doing in Honduras is a good idea. I’m just surprised that Bummer scoring for the “wrong team” is getting much less press than all the effort that Bush and those that went before put into scoring for the “right team.”
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