Jewish Institute for Nat’l. Security Affairs, in the Name of “Democracy,” Appeals to State Dept. Not to Declare “Military Coup”
In good, ‘ole Israeli style, JINSA supports a murderous military coup and calls it the democratic thing to do and the US will have to pretend it knew nothing of JINSA’s press release (below) before it was issued.
Of course, with such a desperate plea coming from JINSA about a small country a half a world away, you must ask how much US military funding is going to Israel for assistance on Honduras. And, for all the people who discounted earlier reports about Israeli commandos training the Honduran military, you should probably re-read the evidence on this and figure out where you went wrong.
Fri Sep 4, 2009 7:00am EDT
Appeals to State Department Not to Declare “Military Coup”
The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs today urged the State
Department to support democracy in Honduras by not designating former Honduran
President Manuel Zelaya`s removal from office a military coup, noting that such
a step would deprive the democratic country of Honduras of hundreds of millions
of dollars in desperately needed aid.
In an urgent appeal to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, JINSA executive
director Tom Neumann said:
JINSA most strongly urges you not to make such a determination, and encourages
the U.S. to work cooperatively with the interim Honduran government as it
prepares for the election of a new president.
“The removal of then-President Zelaya was, in fact, a necessary step in the
preservation of democracy not the undermining of it.
“We urge you to restore the $18 million in aid that was suspended following the
events of June 28 and to use your leadership to ensure that Honduras`
participation in the Central American Free Trade Agreement continues
uninterrupted and that the estimated $135 million remaining to be disbursed
under the Millennium Challenge Corporation not be held up.
“Madame Secretary, Honduran officials are determined to preserve their
democratic system. Strong-arming them to accede to Zelaya`s return will achieve
nothing more than serving as a painful reminder to all the states of Central and
South America that Uncle Sam can still be a bully.
We appeal to you to do right by Honduras by supporting the strengthening of
democracy, not the empowerment of would-be authoritarian leaders.”
For further information or to arrange an interview with Tom Neumann, JINSA
Executive Director, contact Jim Colbert at 202-667-3900.
The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs is an independent,
non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian educational organization established in
1976 to educate the public on national and international security issues,
including the importance of an effective U.S. defense capability and the key
role of strategic allies, including Israel, to promote democratic values in the
Jim Colbert, 202-667-3900