So the ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, has the support of both Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez. (That ought to drive the Teabaggers bananas.) And now Zelaya is stuck in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, trying to whip up support for a counter-coup. He's also starting to go a little stir crazy:
After a couple of days of street demonstrations, Tegucigalpa was getting back to normal Thursday, and Mr. Zelaya was reduced to making hysterical accusations about being bombarded with radiation and toxic gases by "Israeli mercenaries."
It looks like both sides have violated the Honduran constitution. From the NYT:
According to a recent analysis of the legal issues of the case prepared by the Law Library of Congress in Washington, both Mr. Zelaya and those who ousted him appear to have broken the law.
In Mr. Zelaya’s case, he flouted court rulings ordering him not to conduct a survey on whether to convene a citizens assembly to change the Constitution. Eventually, the chief prosecutor filed a complaint with the Supreme Court accusing Mr. Zelaya of treason and abuse of authority, among other charges. That led to an arrest warrant that was carried out on June 28.
But Mr. Zelaya was not formally arrested when soldiers raided his home. Instead, the army detained him, took him to the airport and put him on a plane to Costa Rica, even though the Honduran Constitution says no citizen may be handed over to foreign authorities.
Obama has called Zelaya's removal a coup and withdrawn aid from Honduras—but would he do the same if the Iranian military turned its guns on Ahmadinejad and installed Mousavi?
Another sticky fact: Zelaya is not only vocally supported by Chavez, but by Brazil—and Ahmadinejad has been crowing about how much he loves Venezuela and Brazil these days. So does that put Obama in the same camp with Chavez, Brazil's da Silva, and Ahmadinejad? Just add a Kim and you have an American conservative's worst nightmare.