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Please No More Shock About Honduras, The Imperial Tea Leaves Were There to Be Read

November 12, 2009

I guess many people got Obamaized after the election. One organization after another, one blogger after another, one reporter (mainstream and independent) after another are going through a period of disbelief at what has taken place in Honduras over the last two weeks.  In my November 11 Honduran National Resistance update, I take on this collective disbelief by explaining the early warning signals that should have tipped everyone off that this has been a US-driven coup all along in which the US never intended to restore President Zelaya  and did intend to push for the November 29 election to be held.

I won’t repeat what I wrote in yesterday’s update, but a few more things are worth mentioning.  The biggest reason to believe that the US was behind the coup is that there is no way that the Honduran military, with the millions it receives from the US annually, is going to embark on a coup involving massive deployment of troops and the kidnapping of a head of state without explicit approval of the US.  Pure and simple, if the US did not want President Zelaya out, he would be at the presidential palace today and not a guest of the Brazilian embassy. 

I guess there is an assumption that there is a difference between Democratic and Republican administrations and there may be in areas such as  social and economic programs.  But, when it comes to foreign affairs and Defense Department spending there is someone else in the driver’s seat and the car is definitely not parked at  1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Through my work on Cuba issues, I watched as many allowed their hopes to be raised that an Obama presidency would bring substantial change in the US-Cuba relationship.  But in one disappointing decision after another regarding Cuba, Obama might as well have had Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen sitting on one shoulder and the Diaz-Balarts on the other.

But, even if I was unfamiliar with the situation in Honduras, I would know immediately that it was a US-backed coup  because of one thing:  the coup in Haiti. 

Six weeks after the February 29, 2004 coup d’etat  in which the democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was kidnapped, I was in Port-au-Prince as part of a delegation to determine the US’ role in the coup and kidnapping of Aristide.  It is in Haiti that the US perfected the template for the  coup in Honduras with certain variations here and there.  I remember talking with people here in the States after I returned from Haiti  and it was only when I told them certain things did they begin to comprehend that the US was the force behind it all.  They were shocked at first because they could not believe that the US would be capable of such things.

Here are some of the things I told them: 

-Eighteen months before the coup, the US armed and financed 200 Haitian “rebels,” who they housed in the Dominican Republic courtesy of its military, to commit cross border attacks to de-stabilize Haiti as a prelude to the coup.  Many supporters of Aristide were murdered in the process.

-It was the  US’ Deputy Ambassador in Haiti, Luis Moreno, who kidnapped President Aristide.  He arrived at Aristide’s home in the wee hours of the morning on February 29 with the muscle of approximately 30 Special Forces personnel.  Moreno told Aristide that he was going to take him to give a press conference to settle the population down.  Aristide’s suspicions were confirmed when the entourage  took a turn toward the airport.  The Aristides were put on the plane accompanied by the Special Forces personnel who promptly changed into civilian clothes.  Moreno would not tell the Aristides where they were being taken and they did not find out until their feet hit the tarmac in the Central African Republic.  Shortly after the plane (painted totally white with NO national insignia) carrying the Aristides took off , Moreno was on his way to tell the press that the president had fled the country and signed a resignation letter before doing so.  Of course this was not true — sound familiar?

-General Colin Powell contacted former congressman Ron Dellums a day before Aristide was kidnapped and asked if he would call Aristide and tell him the following:  “Guy Philippe (leader of the “rebels”) is right outside of Port-au-Prince, he is coming to kill you, and the US will not be able to protect you.”  The reality was that Philippe was not near the capital, but the US was trying to use this false threat to scare Aristide into leaving.

-During our delegation’s visit, we were able to get an interview with the leader of the “rebels,” Guy Philippe, a long-time CIA asset  trained in Ecuador.  Generally, Philippe was guarded during the interview but there was one amazing thing he let slip out.  In the wee hours of the morning of February 29, US Deputy Ambassador, Luis Moreno, called Guy Philippe and told him not to advance any further toward Port-au-Prince, because “we (the US) have got it covered from here.”  So the US’ Deputy Ambassador had not only Philippe’s personal cell phone number, but you could make a case that Moreno was in “command “of the “rebels’  —  for a few minutes at least.

Thereafter, Haiti’s murderous coup regime was immediately recognized and legitimized by 4,000 UN “Peacekeepers” whose mandate was to support the  “Government of Haiti.”  The people of Haiti started marching four days after the coup and haven’t stopped since in their effort to secure the return of President Aristide.  And in the past five years, the UN Peacekeepers and Haitian National Police have committed numerous massacres in the poorest neighborhoods where Aristide enjoys his greatest support.

This is all to say that if you think up the lousiest, underhanded, illegal, heinous acts imaginable, you can bet that the US government has done all of them and will do them again.  Both Republicans and Democrats are equally capable of unleashing  the monster —  imperialism.

If interested in more information on Haiti, please click here.

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  1. November 12, 2009 7:44 PM

    (I guess many people got Obamaized after the election.)

    Yes, and every time someone in the crowd said I love you Obama, he would say I love you too back at them. How touching, how quaint, and how easy it was to believe in CHANGE when no change was ever going to come. Just a slick and well polished plan to back a horse that had no shoes.

    It was easy to see after the elections how all the appointments from DHS, AG and the rest were all very hated people from the right wing. The appointments in the FED, the bailouts to the wealthy that created a nightmare for the world, all handpicked by Obama to continue the scam. After that, the change we all “THOUGHT” we could believe in was handed to us hook line and sinker. We fell for it, but as W used to say, shame on me, fool me once, shame on you uhhh….

    (One organization after another, one blogger after another, one reporter (mainstream and independent) after another are going through a period of disbelief at what has taken place in Honduras over the last two weeks. )

    Disbelief? Or is it I’m Shocked There is Gambling going on in here..?

    Disbelief? I hate to think people are that gullible, I think its more along the lines of OMG we been had though.

    (In my November 11 Honduran National Resistance update, I take on this collective disbelief by explaining the early warning signals that should have tipped everyone off that this has been a US-driven coup all along in which the US never intended to restore President Zelaya and did intend to push for the November 29 election to be held.)

    But shamefully no one saw it coming. You never see the bullet coming, you only hear it, but then it’s at the last second or millisecond when you do, and then bang your dead before you can figure out what that sound was. Trouble is the MSM was tired of covering it, and as the stories started to fade off the pages of Huffpo and the various other MSM decided that Honduras was for some reaon not worth a shit to report, people pretty much forgot about it. The venerable right wing establishments who engineered the entire thing were still out and about espousing the Mel was doing a Chavez thing, as if that was the coup buzzword to explain why things happened, but the truth or the lack of caring about the truth suddenly and without warning went off the radar and into the back pages where only niche players would care enough to keep it going.

    The right always responded with the same exact comments to stories proffered while the left always had to refute it. Nothing of any merit or real reporting was ever made except on a few blogs here and there (this blog was one of them) of which few if any real people cared enough about it to read. Honduras? Never heard of it became the new mantra.

    (The biggest reason to believe that the US was behind the coup is that there is no way that the Honduran military, with the millions it receives from the US annually, is going to embark on a coup involving massive deployment of troops and the kidnapping of a head of state without explicit approval of the US.)

    And anyone who follows the USA government knows this, but few if any real journalists reported on it. Why? Too busy begging for Obama to help out and restore Mel. Of course had we just paid attention to it all we would know Obama approved the messages and sent Mel into exile. And the resulting deaths, beatings, tortures, disappearances, and gang rapes of innocent women were allowed to continue unabated on Obama’s watch while he sat around drinking beer with those who dissented against him on some stupid news story that should have never made it to the front page.

    Think for one minute, had this happened in the good old bad old USA, why we would have had full scale riots happening over it. Hell, we almost went to blows head to head when Rodney King was beaten by a few nightsticks and a few inbred police. Imagine how it would have played out with all the death and carnage now ongoing in Honduras in America? Oh no, you would have riots in the streets over shit like that. It’s not OK for it to happen in America, but damn sure is OK to have it happen in Honduras a few hours away and call it mopping up the dissenters.

    (I guess there is an assumption that there is a difference between Democratic and Republican administrations and there may be in areas such as social and economic programs.)

    There really isn’t. They are all corrupt to the core. Why would anyone want to be a congressmen? MONEY, POWER and the ability to tell people to get fucked.

    Help the people? Pfffttt…Its more like fuck the people. Help the people my ass.

    (Through my work on Cuba issues, I watched as many allowed their hopes to be raised that an Obama presidency would bring substantial change in the US-Cuba relationship. But in one disappointing decision after another regarding Cuba, Obama might as well have had Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen sitting on one shoulder and the Diaz-Balarts on the other.)

    Look, Obama is a field puppet placed there to sooth an otherwise disaffected public who was tired of 8 years of W and the Beverly Hillbillies. He was already conscripted into the game the minute his ugly rat ears ended up on the front cover of Time Magazine prior to him even saying he was thinking about a run for the presidency.

    Of course we all fell for it. Who wouldn’t have? I love you too. Ever heard that shit coming from a presidential candidate? Pffft…

    (But, even if I was unfamiliar with the situation in Honduras, I would know immediately that it was a US-backed coup because of one thing: the coup in Haiti. )

    Of course. We always need to test it out first, and where better than the mud pie eating capital of the world in Haiti? As for the UN Warmongers in the guise of peacekeepers well let us just say they don’t keep the peace, as that is NOT their role and never was their role. Their role is to kick the people’s asses who “THINK” about change they can believe in and try to stand up for their rights.

    As for eating mud pies, it still goes on there, and when they run out of mud, well there are always a number of dead bodies with some left over flesh on the ground to eat.

    Haiti is the USA test bed for how far humanity can sink and still survive. Eventually people in the USA will eat those same mud pies. Why? Because it’s already been tested and proven that people will do anything to fill their belly. Mud? Yes, good nutrition in it, so get ready America, for the mud pie recipes will eventually be traded online and sold at your nearest store. All you have to do is look at Haiti to see what is coming to a neighborhood near you.

    (-Eighteen months before the coup, the US armed and financed 200 Haitian “rebels,” who they housed in the Dominican Republic courtesy of its military, to commit cross border attacks to de-stabilize Haiti as a prelude to the coup. Many supporters of Aristide were murdered in the process.)

    You got to love the gold old bad old USA which executes people for murder all because it was not sanctioned by the military or some politician.

    (-It was the US’ Deputy Ambassador in Haiti, Luis Moreno, who kidnapped President Aristide. )

    One day, one day it all comes back to them. All the dead, all the blood, it all comes back to them. One way or the other they all will eventually pay for the blood of the people murdered at their hands.

    (-General Colin Powell contacted former congressman Ron Dellums a day before Aristide was kidnapped and asked if he would call Aristide and tell him the following: “Guy Philippe (leader of the “rebels”) is right outside of Port-au-Prince, he is coming to kill you, and the US will not be able to protect you.” )

    Bottom line, he is coming to kill you and we can’t and “WONT” protect you.

    (Thereafter, Haiti’s murderous coup regime was immediately recognized and legitimized by 4,000 UN “Peacekeepers” whose mandate was to support the “Government of Haiti.” The people of Haiti started marching four days after the coup and haven’t stopped since in their effort to secure the return of President Aristide. And in the past five years, the UN Peacekeepers and Haitian National Police have committed numerous massacres in the poorest neighborhoods where Aristide enjoys his greatest support.)

    That should tell you just how long this shit is going to go on in Honduras. Of course the USA administration doesn’t mind, it’s just going to be another war against this or war against that which will always be out there to scare the living shit out of the people in the suburbs who will always vote for more war, more death, more destruction, to keep us all safe and happy and warm on Christmas day.

    (This is all to say that if you think up the lousiest, underhanded, illegal, heinous acts imaginable, you can bet that the US government has done all of them and will do them again. Both Republicans and Democrats are equally capable of unleashing the monster – imperialism.)

    This is why people around the globe hate Americans and hate America. No wonder Bin Laden is pissed. No wonder the people are rising up. Eventually the people will win, however when that will come is anyone’s guess. Probably 10-15-20 years down the road before the people have enough power, arms and materials and manpower to wrest control of their sold out to slavery lives back from the government that bought them long ago at an eBay auction.

    Good article…

  2. November 12, 2009 6:33 PM

    There are a few indications that the US was involved. The most obvious for me was the visit of Negroponte to Honduras a few months before the coup.
    The other is a little more subtle. In 2008 there were lots of marches for peace and against violence – presumably against the violent crime and crime by gangs and others. The campaign featured speakers of all sorts and even a song by Honduran singer Guillermo Anderson. They were supported, to a large degree, by the San Pedro Sula newspaper, La Prensa, controlled by coup supporters. But the kicker for me is that they wore WHITE shirts!
    Where did the money come from for these marches and for all the shirts and publicity. I wonder, if someone looked carefully, you’d find the hand of the National Endowment fro the Democracy and the International Republican Institute, both, I believe, financed by US tax dollars.
    Just before the coup and after there were lots of “Peace and Democracy” marches – almost always anti-Zelaya and pro-Micheletti – and the peopel wore WHITE shirts. Coincidence?
    Were the anti-violence marches of last year a way to try to mobilize people fed up with criminal violence so that they’d be open to the pro-coup movements?

    • November 12, 2009 6:43 PM

      John:

      I think you have hit some very important nails on the head. It’s often what happens in the YEARS before a coup that is most revealing. I am sure you are right about the “white” shirt as a symbol in anti-violence marches being related to the “white” shirt marches in support of the golpistas. This whole color-coded form of protest started in Eastern Europe where the US financed and conducted the whole thing.

      Thanks for writing in to bring this to our attention.

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