Saturday, June 27, 2009

Honduras Crisis Opens Regional Rift

As Honduras grappled on Friday with a deepening political crisis over leftist President Manuel Zelaya's alleged intention to stay in power, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez warned that he and other leftist government would do "whatever it takes" to defend their ally.

Isn't that interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation?

Mr. Chávez's comments came as Honduras' Congress, including members of Mr. Zelaya's own Liberal Party, began discussions over whether to impeach the president by declaring him "unfit for office."

In addition to Venezuela, the leftist governments in Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua have called the events in Honduras an attempted "coup" by the country's elites opposed to the president's populist policies.

A coup d'etat? Cuba and Nicaragua? Por favor.

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