This Is The Guy We Are Supporting In Honduras?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on September 25, 2009

In a just world, Manuel Zelaya would be utterly toxic, and the Obama Administration would have absolutely nothing to do with him:

It’s been 89 days since Manuel Zelaya was booted from power. He’s sleeping on chairs, and he claims his throat is sore from toxic gases and “Israeli mercenaries” are torturing him with high-frequency radiation.

“We are being threatened with death,” he said in an interview with The Miami Herald, adding that mercenaries were likely to storm the embassy where he has been holed up since Monday and assassinate him.

“I prefer to march on my feet than to live on my knees before a military dictatorship,” Zelaya said in a series of back-to-back interviews.

Zelaya was deposed at gunpoint on June 28 and slipped back into his country on Monday, just two days before he was scheduled to speak before the United Nations. He sought refuge at the Brazilian Embassy, where Zelaya said he is being subjected to toxic gases and radiation that alter his physical and mental state.

Witnesses said that for a short time Tuesday morning, soldiers used a device that looked like a large satellite dish to emit a loud shrill noise.

Honduran police spokesman Orlin Cerrato said he knew nothing of any radiation devices being used against the former president.

“He says there are mercenaries against him? Using some kind of apparatus?” Cerrato said. “No, no, no, no. Sincerely: no. The only elements surrounding that embassy are police and military, and they have no such apparatus.”

Police responded to reports of looting throughout the city Tuesday night. Civil disturbances subsided Wednesday afternoon, when a crush of people rushed grocery stores and gas stations in the capital.

Israeli government sources in Miami said they could not confirm the presence of any “Israelis mercenaries” in Honduras.

Recall that legally speaking, there was and is absolutely nothing wrong whatsoever with the nature of Zelaya’s ouster. There was never any justification at all for speaking up on his behalf as he has sought to get back into power–with Hugo Chavez’s help, no less. Zelaya’s penchant for conspiracy theories–and yes, they are anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, not just anti-Zionist ones–doesn’t make him anymore appealing. Wouldn’t it be nice if, on direct orders from the Oval Office, someone from the State Department contacted Zelaya and told him something along the lines of “we don’t want to have anything whatsoever to do with you anymore”?

A fellow can dream.

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