Friday, August 28, 2009

Thank you China and Taiwan!

China and Taiwan have adopted the position of neutrality in the political situation of Honduras and concider it an internal issue. 

They have announced that they will continue all humanitarian projects in the country of Honduras. They also will apparently assist with the financial support of the budget for the year and of the development of elections in Honduras for November. 

Taiwan has a free trade agreement in effect with Honduras since 2008 and are important investors in BCIE.  So this is a very important ally and supporter in the crisis.

Clinton´s History with Screwing up Foreign Policy

When Clinton was elected to the presidency he promised to restore Aristides to power in Haiti.  The US played politics there because they were receiving favorable status on phone tarriffs(sound familiar anyone?)

While Arisitides was a democratically elected president he was removed and a military government was installed...the difference in Honduras is we do not have a military government installed here.

Bill Clinton the husband of Hillary Clinton then president of the US forced Aristides back upon the Haitian people and it turned out to be the largest diplomatic failure in recent history.  Let´s take a look at what awaits us if we were to let Zelaya return to power.

Aristides was not just thrown out of power once, but twice.

In 1991 Aristides proposed a huge raise in the minimum wage in Haiti. It was so large that even USAID opposed the idea.  USAID said it would cause a distortion in the cost of labor versus other costs. Almost all industries also came to this conclusion.

Aristides was removed from power and remained in exile for three years. He was returned to power with the mediation by the United Nations in October of 1994.  Aristide received Haiti in a severe economic situation, large amounts of illiteracy, high unemployment and a health crisis.  In 1996, he was substituted by Rene Preval in 2000 Aristide was elected again to the presidency(these people never learn). In December 2001 an armed group stormed his residency, but the military fought off the incursion.  Five people died in this action.

By January 2004 protests and violence was growing in Haiti and finished in an armed civil conflict. By the end of February 2004 Aristide had abandoned Haiti. In November the provisional government that was installed after the exile of Aristide announced an arrest warrant against Aristide who was exiled at the time in South Africa. In 2006 an ally won the elections and Aristide announced that he would return to Haiti when conditions permitted his return. However, after his ally took his post as president he reminded Aristide that he could return to Haiti but that he had charges pending against him.

Haiti is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and instead of taking it upon themselves to correct the corruption the US forced a corrupt governor back upon them to have him cause the breakout of a civil war and still be exiled.

When the US gets involved things fall apart because the US looks at things with US eyes not from the eyes of the people in the countries they get involved in...as a famous person once said...there are no friends in politics, just interests. The US should learn to just stay out of the internal conflicts of other countries it would serve their interests much better.

Arias Cannot Be Trusted to Continue Negotiations

Arias has announced that he also wants to reform his constitution and give more power to the office of president resulting in an imbalance of powers.  That isn´t democracy folks it is authoritarianism. He wants to change his own form of government.  He doesn´t want to empower the people; he wants to empower himself. The balance of powers are there for a very good reason and it doesn´t matter that he sees them as an obstacle in the way of implementing what he wants.

A neutral country should be the one negotiating the situation in Honduras and not someone who has preconceived ideas for their own country.  If he indeed wants to do this he should also lose his Nobel because that is not an act of a president who wants peace in his country. 

I think we should look at countries who have no ties to Chavez and who do not have any ideas in changing their own constitution to empower presidents...aka Authoritarianism, not Democracy.

A president should never be able to veto the Supreme Court no matter how much he dislikes their position. They are the final decision maker for a good reason...they balance things and keep presidents from stepping on the rights of citizens.