Written by Toby Westerman, International News Analysis Today
HONDURAS AND CHAVEZ:
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW, WHAT THE CENTRALIZED MEDIA IS NOT TELLING YOU
The "coup" in the Central American nation of Honduras is the first major blow to the Marxist expansion sponsored by Hugo Chavez, but the American people are to a great extent being kept in the dark by the centralized news media.
The Associated Press, upon which most news outlets in the United States depend, appears to be slanting its reporting to support the pro-Chavez version of events in Honduras.
The AP tells us that much of the world has condemned the deposing of Manuel Zelaya. We also are told that Hugo Chavez, president of oil-rich Venezuela, has vowed to remove the new president of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, and that U.S. president Barack Obama has called the Micheletti government "illegal."
Chavez stated that "If the oligarchies break the rules of the game...the people have the right to resistance and combat...we are with them."
AP reports say little about the ardent support Chavez is giving the deposed Zelaya, and scant attention is given to those who are fearful of Chavez's involvement in the internal politics of Honduras.
Chavez's political presence in Honduras has entered even into the spiritual realm. Bishop Darwin Andino, the Catholic auxiliary bishop of the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, observed that, "the hand of the Venezuelan Hugo Chavez" was involved in his nation's internal affairs, according to France's AFP news agency. Bishop Andino stated that Honduras was resisting "chavismo," the promotion of Chavez and his revolution.
Defending his position as the new Honduran president, Micheletti stated that 12 "advisors" had arrived in his country from Venezuela and the regime in neighboring Nicaragua, now dominated by the overtly Marxist Daniel Ortega. A fact yet to be reported by the AP.
These "advisors" are seen as helping to guide the building of a pro-Chavez dictatorship in Honduras, following the same pattern as has already occurred in Bolivia under Evo Morales and in Ecuador under Raphael Correa. An illegal "referendum" called by Zelaya shortly before his ouster fit into the model used by Chavez, Morales, and Correa to ensure unlimited terms in office.
Modern governments often limit presidential terms in an attempt to check the rise of a popular dictatorship. The United States has similarly amended its constitution to avoid presidential abuse of power. Pro-Chavez regimes seek to "reform" their nations' constitutions to remove this protective provision and obtain the "right" to remain in office permanently.
Zelaya had also committed Honduras to membership in an organization founded by Chavez, the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, sometimes referred to by its Spanish acronym, ALBA, which was founded to promote Chavez's neo-communist revolution, "21st Century Socialism."
Following another pattern of Chavez and his allies, Zelaya sought to control media reporting by demanding that his government have at least two hours of program time per day to present its views to the nation.
The AP has neglected to inform its readers about these and other factors which play a vital part in the Honduran story.
Chavez's threats against the new Honduran government should be taken seriously.
The sale of sophisticated small arms, advanced jet fighters, and battle tanks by Russia to Venezuela has made the Chavez regime a significant regional power.
Chavez has close ties with the most important guerrilla group in the region, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombian, a Marxist narco-terror army known by the Spanish acronym, FARC. Although recently battered by Colombian military, the FARC remains a potent force in Colombia and still retains a significant presence throughout much of the Latin American region.
Operating from Nicaragua, FARC fighters could easily cross the border into Honduras and inflict a great amount of suffering and death.
President Micheletti and his supporters did, as Chavez emotionally declared, "break the rules," but only in the sense of opposing an abuse of power and "chavismo."
How long Micheletti can withstand the assaults from the neo-communist elites remains uncertain, but a brave stand has been taken against Marxist tyranny, and the American people should have accurate knowledge about it.
Find out what the centralized media is not reporting -- read Lies, Terror, and the Rise of the Neo-Communist Empire: Origins and Direction. Or, go to your favorite online book seller.
Mr. Westerman is the author of LIES, TERROR, AND THE RISE OF THE NEO-COMMUNIST EMPIRE: ORIGINS AND DIRECTION, available at this site, as well as Amazon.com and other online booksellers. Westerman is the editor and publisher of International News Analysis Today