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Crooked Hillary and the Rape of Honduras
Posted By Justin Raimondo On May 17, 2016 @ 11:00 pm In Uncategorized | 6 Comments
Tens of thousands of Central Americans, many of them unaccompanied children and teenagers, have flooded into
the US illegally in recent years: they are a growing part of a human tsunami that has hit the southern border and
caused what many refer to as a humanitarian crisis, overwhelming the local and federal authorities – and becoming
a major political issue.
On the one hand, we have immigration restrictionists like Donald Trump, who say that “we cannot be a country and
have no borders,” and who vow to build a Wall – “and make Mexico pay for it.” On the other hand, we have Hillary
Clinton, who says we should be “knocking down barriers, not building walls,” and claims that Trump and his
supporters are motivated by “bigotry.”
Like most partisan political debates, this one gives off plenty of heat without shedding much light. Because the real
question is: why are hundreds of thousands of people suddenly abandoning their homes, their families, and their
countries to make the long and dangerous trek through Mexico and into the United States? And where are these
people coming from?
Contrary to what the Trumpistas seem to believe, the influx of Mexican illegal immigrants has tapered off.
Increasingly, the floodtide consists of Central Americans, who are coming from El Salvador, Guatemala, and
Honduras. And while the circumstances surrounding the Great Migration have particular causes in each of these
countries, in general the causes are the same: a wave of criminality and chaos, which has its origins in decades of
misgovernment and repression. Grinding poverty, the rule of a landed oligarchy, and the de facto dominance of
brutal militaries – supported by the US – have stunted and deformed these resource-rich countries, forcing their
citizens into what is surely one of the largest population transfers in recent history.
The history of US-Honduran relations is the story of endless meddling by Washington on behalf of crony capitalists,
notably United Fruit, now known as Chiquita. A series of invasions and military occupations in the early part of the
twentieth century – seven between 1903 and 1925 – ensured that American investors would get good returns on
their investments, while keeping the restless natives under the boot of local oligarchs. During the cold war era, the
Jeanne Kirkpatrick doctrine of preferring “pro-American” dictators to left-wing democrats prevailed, and the Reagan
administration used the country as a base for undermining the leftist Sandinista regime: the contras, funded by
Washington, were based in the country, from which they regularly launched terrorist raids targeting civilians.
Ruled by a series of military dictators and juntas since 1955, Honduras returned to civilian rule in 1981, but the
military – trained in the US and superbly equipped due to generous aid from Washington – retained its dominance
over the political landscape and much of the economy. “Recruiting” consisted of forays into the slum areas and
countryside by military patrols, who would then kidnap young men and forcibly conscript them. In this way, the
Honduran military resembled a criminal gang, engaging in wholesale extortion, as well as murder and torture of
political dissidents. Whatever party occupied the presidency and controlled the legislative branch, the same landed
oligarchy, backed by the military, called the shots.
In 2006, however, change was in the air. Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales, the scion of a wealthy family and head of the
Honduran Council of Private Enterprise, was elected President. Although he campaigned on a conservative
platform, Zelaya soon turned to social reform, including the institution of free public education, free meals for poor
students, government aid to small farmers, and other measures aimed at reducing poverty, with some 80% of the
population living on a subsistence level.
This turn to the left enraged the oligarchs and the final straw was the entry of Honduras into the ALBA alliance,
founded by Venezuela’s leftist caudillo Hugo Chavez. When Zelaya put a constitutional reform measure on the
ballot, which would have overturned articles of that document deemed unchangeable, the military used this as a
pretext to make their move: they invaded the presidential palace, and bundled Zelaya into exile while he was still in
his pajamas. (Coup leaders and their American cheerleaders accused Zelaya of wanting to extend his term in office,
limited by the constitution to one term, and set up a dictatorship: today, however, their narrative has undergone a
curious reversal: the same people who supported the coup have changed the constitution to allow their candidate to
extend his term.)
The role of the US State Department, with Hillary Clinton in charge, was to lurk in the background, quietly supporting
the coup leaders while making ambiguous noises in public about the need for “reconciliation.” Meanwhile, behind
the scenes, longtime Clinton confidante Lanny Davis, who served as Bill Clinton’s lawyer during the impeachment
proceedings against him, was hired by the coup leaders to curry favor in Washington. Mrs. Clinton’s emails,
released by the State Department as part of the investigation into her private server, reveal that Davis succeeded.
Instead of cutting off all aid to the Honduran government, as required by law, Clinton’s State Department continued
it, albeit at a slightly reduced rate. And while publicly deploring the coup, behind the scenes the Secretary of State
utilized her old friend Lanny to open up a back channel to the coup leaders, a process that culminated in a
proposed “deal” that would keep Zelaya out of office, while supposedly allowing for his return. The coup leaders,
however, broke their part of the bargain, pressuring the legislature to keep Zelaya out of the country. They then
held “free” elections characterized by widespread violence, the shutdown of opposition media outlets, kidnappings,
and intimidation. Unsurprisingly, the coup leaders won the “election,” and have retained control to this day.
The Clinton State Department rushed to give their imprimatur to the fraudulent election, and Lanny Davis made a
pot of money.
In her memoir, Hard Choices, Hillary wrote about her efforts to make the return of Zelaya “moot” by brokering a
phony deal, openly admitting her key role in legitimizing the coup. This section was deleted from the paperback
She defends her actions to this day, but the reality is that Honduras descended into chaos and criminality. The drug
cartels – who have strong links to the military and the coup leaders (the son of the ex-president and coup leader
Porfirio Lobo recently pled guilty to drug trafficking) – instituted a reign of terror, motivating tens of thousands to flee
the country. They wound up in the US, where they are welcomed by a woman who shares a large part of the blame
for their predicament.
Create a problem – and then pose as the great humanitarian with a solution. That’s the Clinton method, in all its
hypocritical sleaziness. Maybe we should send the tens of thousands of Hondurans victimized by her ruthlessly
cynical policy straight to Chappaqua, where they can stand outside the gates of her palatial estate chanting