Wednesday, July 8, 2009

it's the principle of the thing

The president of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, is going to act as the mediator between the Honduran leaders Manuel Zelaya and Roberto Micheletti. Hopefully, this will help find a solution to the crisis!

This morning, I listened to an interview with Ruben Blades where he gave his thoughts about what makes the situation in Honduras unusual. It is complicated for several reasons. One of those reasons is that there ought to be a legal way to remove an abusive leader but, apparently Honduras didn't have an impeachment process in its constitution, so they improvised their own way.

The very reason that there are different branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) is that they might be able to keep each other in check. I think that is what the legislative and judicial branches were trying to do in Honduras. The executive branch was getting out of control. Unfortunately, in the process of trying to keep the president from breaking the law, they broke the law. That kind of invalidates their actions. What a mess!

[Update: “America supports now the restoration of the democratically elected president of Honduras, even though he has strongly opposed American policies.” President Obama

Secretary of State Clinton did not actually say that America supports the restoration of Zelaya. She said that America is waiting to see what happens during the conversations with Arias.]

Can I just say that there are some really hard things going on in China right now as well, what a messed up world we live in.

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