The situation in Honduras is the worst thing to happen in a long time.
My thesis in this blog is that the Western left is by a large majority socialist; I define socialist as not democratic, not constitutional, not even social democratic, but simply having the goal of establishing the control of society by a government holding their social and political beliefs. If this is achieved and maintained by democratic and constitutional means, fine; but if not that’s fine also. Historically this has been shown by the support of the left for communist governments, particularly in the Third World. Those who remember the Iranian revolution of 1979 will remember the left was quite enthusiastic about it.
Leftism in Latin America has taken on a softer, but more insidious form. Marxist-Leninist revolution and terror produced a violent backlash from those not willing to go to their deaths meekly. Argentina, Chile, and El Salvador all have leftists governments now, but of a benign sort you’d find in the First World. Leftists in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela have used a different method, broadly populist, that depends on massive, violent street demonstrations and fishy elections to install governments that are democratic to the extent that they have the support of a large segment of the population (the 50% can be manufactured as necessary) but don’t follow any law or respect the rights of their opponents, engaging in intimidation as necessary as well.
This is much like Obama of course. He’s a cult of personality and promoted a mass movement. The United States has strong civil institutions and it is difficult for them to just ignore them. The refusal of Eric Holder to continue the prosecution of the New Black Panther Party poll intimidators is an example of what they can get away with. I’ll leave it others to catalog the marginal legality of the Obama administration.
My point has been well proven. Obama, the UN, the Western Europeans have all joined up with Pelaya, Chavez, and now Ahmedinejad. Latin Americans have been fairly resistant to the demands of outsiders on how to run their affairs. Even if they resist a bad precedent has been set. Any compromise will ratchet to the left.