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subsuelo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:43 AM
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Zelaya's Midnight Gambit
...Zelaya's dramatic return takes place on the eve of this Wednesday's meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, where he had been scheduled to speak as Honduras' legitimate leader. That the UN will probably issue a statement demanding his restoration on the eve of U.S. president Barack Obama's inaugural address to that body will place pressure on the United States to take a clear stand.

Zelaya's return, says Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, "will finally force the US to choose sides." With the OAS convening an emergency meeting in which it will undoubtedly voice strong support for Zelaya, it is, as Weisbrot notes, "pretty clear that the rest of the world will stand with Zelaya, for his return to the presidency, and for the restoration of democracy in Honduras."

And sure enough, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, acknowledging that Zelaya's gambit has indeed changed the terms of the debate, issued a statement saying that the time was "opportune" to restore Zelaya to the presidency. Better late than never.

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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 12:57 PM
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1. Zelaya REALLY caught the coup people off guard. As late as yesterday, Micheletti swore
Zelaya is in New York, waiting to address the United Nations.

Great convergence of events. It should prompt the administration to take a moral position on this, instead of following the example of anti-democratic Republican predecessors.
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rabs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:13 PM
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2. So, to good ole Hillary the time now is "opportune"


while about a month ago she was saying Zelaya's return would be "reckless" and that her buddy Arias' would resolve the crisis.


From your link:

And sure enough, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, acknowledging that Zelaya's gambit has indeed changed the terms of the debate, issued a statement saying that the time was "opportune" to restore Zelaya to the presidency. Better late than never.
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