Let’s Re-write Hillary’s Happy Independence Day Note to the People of Honduras
Re-writing history is done all the time, but today let’s do something truly thrilling — let’s re-write the present! Hillary penned a note on the occasion of Honduras Independence Day, September 15. Needless to say, the hypocrisy of her message is downright stifling and I think the people of Honduras deserve more. First, Hillary’s note and then my version.
Honduras Independence Day
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
September 14, 2009
On behalf of the people of the United States, I send greetings to the people of Honduras as they commemorate 188 years of independence tomorrow. Honduras and the United States have a long history of close ties, based upon mutual interests US, shared values, and friendship between our peoples. I had the privilege of visiting your wonderful country when I attended the General Assembly of the Organization of American States in San Pedro Sula, and I felt your warmth and hospitality. The turmoil and political differences that have since divided Honduras are a source of worry and sadness. I remain hopeful that the spirit of Francisco Morazán, a founder and visionary leader of Honduras, will help return your nation to a democratic path that will unite and inspire, rather than divide and discourage, and rebuild the ties of solidarity that have characterized your relationship with the Americas.
September 15, 2009
Honduras Independence Day
To the People of Honduras from the People in the US in Solidarity with You
(Who did Hillary address her note to? Gee, what a diplomatic pickle — the constitutional president, Manuel Zelaya, is not allowed to enter his own country without getting thrown in the slammer and the golpista regime of Roberto Micheletti appears to be too dirty to deal with, even for the State Department.)
On behalf of the people of the United State who are in solidarity with the people of Honduras, we send you greetings on the occasion of 188 years of independence. We know you have not missed the irony associated with celebrating independence while living under immense repression. The US often stresses the mutual interests, shared values, and friendship between our two countries, but we all know it’s hogwash and that there are only three things that make the US government think more than a nano second about your country: military bases, a cheap workforce, and a strategic spot for anti-commie jump out squads.
When Hillary Clinton visited your beautiful country for the OAS meeting in San Pedro Sula, she certainly knew about the impending military coup then, yet she smiled into President Zelaya’s face anyway, thanking him for his hospitality. What happened on June 28 was indeed a military coup after which the US should have immediately withdrawn all funding, especially military and the US’ “democracy promotion” funds so essential for transforming a hard coup into a “soft” one.
We know that your great leader Francisco Morazon remains a source of inspiration and strength for the resistance movement. If the solidarity between our two countries remains strong and we figure ways to keep the US from meddling in your country’s affairs, you shall enjoy true independence. Then we shall work with you in whatever way you decide to achieve what we know is most important to the people of Honduras: education, housing, adequate medical care, and a fair day’s wage.
Viva la resistencia hondurena!