“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, September 05, 2009

US continues squeeze on Honduras

The Latin Left and militant Marxists have placed a heavy premium on restoring Zelaya to the presidency in Honduras.

They are being helped by the Obama Administration. The Honduran economy has been hurt by the turmoil and the pressure being put on it by the left wing regimes in Latin America. The Left has an ally in Barack Obama.

Obama, suspended $31 million in aid this week. The left will not be satisfied until Honduras joins the ranks of Nicaragua, Venezuela and Bolivia. What follows is from an avowedly Marxist web site:

The workers have the ability to completely paralyse the country's economic and social life. Without the kind permission of the working class in Honduras, the transportation system would grind to a halt, education and health service would not work, the maquiladoras would be paralysed, papers could not be printed, electricity would not be generated and telecommunications would be stopped. The Front has already made an appeal to “spread the peaceful actions to paralyse the normal functioning of the commercial operations of those companies which promote, finance and execute the political and military coup against the legitimated government of Manuel Zelaya Rosales and against the people of Honduras as a whole”. It is necessary that this appeal is put into practice in the form of a complete general strike which puts on the table the question of who rules the country.

The trade union organisations in the US also have an important responsibility in this, as most of Honduras’ foreign trade takes place with the US. The US longshoremen have a proud and militant tradition of international solidarity and should declare immediately a workers' boycott on all goods from and to Honduras.

Fourthly, it is important to understand that the coup regime will not fall unless the repressive apparatus of the state is broken. In the first days of the coup there were many isolated examples of rank and file elements within the Army and the police who were sympathetic to the people. There were even rumours of a possible rebellion of young officers. For the seven weeks of the resistance, the people, showing great instinct, have approached the soldiers once and again, telling them that they are also part of the people and that they should not attack their own people. This is correct, but it is not enough. The Front should organise a conscious and coordinated campaign towards the ranks of Army in order to break its morale. Leaflets specifically aimed at soldiers should be printed and distributed. They should be contacted through their families and neighbours. There should be an appeal for the formation of soldiers' committees (which at first would necessarily have to be clandestine), which should be coordinated with the Front.

The combination of a general strike which would paralyse the country's economic life, the mass mobilisation of workers, students and peasants on the streets, the international workers' boycott and a serious and bold appeal to the ranks of the Army, is the only strategy which can guarantee a victory against the coup. Above all, the resistance can only trust its own forces. It is useless to make appeals to the US to intervene. As a matter of fact, diplomatic pressure on Micheletti will be stronger the stronger the movement of the masses is, since what the US and the bourgeois governments of Latin America and the EU fear the most is precisely the overthrow of the coup through an insurrectionary uprising of the people.


  1. Wonder what happens when the Hondos hold the scheduled election?

    Will we recognize the new President, or insist that they turn back the clock?

  2. Just another exercise in nation building.

  3. "The events of Sept. 11, 2001, shocked America into this reality. The Sept. 11 commission pointed out that the attacks were as much about failures of our intelligence and security systems as about the terrorists' success.

    The U.S. response, engaging in two wars, was a 20th-century reaction to 21st-century realities. These wars have cost more than 5,100 American lives; more than 35,000 have been wounded; a trillion dollars has been spent, with billions more departing our Treasury each month. We forgot all the lessons of Vietnam and the preceding history.

    No country today has the power to impose its will and values on other nations."


    Are our policies worthy of these Americans' great sacrifices? That question must always be at the fore of our leaders' decisions. Threats to America come from more than Afghanistan. Consider Yemen and Somalia. Are we prepared to put U.S. ground troops there? I doubt we would seriously consider putting forces in Pakistan, yet its vast Federally Administered Tribal Areas and mountainous western border harbor our most dangerous enemies today. We must shift our thinking, now, to pursue wiser courses of action and sharper, more relevant policies.
    Chuck Hagel

  4. $1 trillion could build 100,000 new factories at $10,000,000 each, probably creating 75 jobs per factory, employing 7,500,000 people.

  5. Or funded the Public Option in a reformed Health Care system.

    There are any number of better ways to use our Chinese credit cards, rather than funding foreign adventures and vacations.

  6. Re: "Will we recognize the new President, or insist that they turn back the clock?"

    Honduras is the second poorest country in the region after Haiti. The "Big O" isn't going to go against the OAS in order to side with this orphan.

  7. Zelaya should be simply shot as a traitor to his nation by his army..

    then it's over..

    the outcome?

    same as it is now...

    the left has no problem in killing even those who simply speak out...

  8. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told the Israeli people not to support their government, which he described as "genocidal" on Friday, the second day of his trip to Syria..

    Maybe he has a point..

    execute all captured terrorists now...

    what will the world do?

    the same as they do now...


    4,000 dead terrorists....

  9. The Hondos are not "Leftists", wi"o", they're better than that.

    They should not have exiled him, but put him on trial. They thought they were ending the problem, not really understanding the nature of the beast. As Mannie said, when he came to New York, the United States has changed.

    Dramatically, I'd say, over the past 20 years. Most of the whirled and even many of US, are way behind on that learning curve.

  10. "In terms of the American taxpayers contribution, [$1.7 billion] is it for the US. The rest of the rebuilding of Iraq will be done by other countries and Iraqi oil revenues. The American part of this will be 1.7 billion. We have no plans for any further-on funding for this."

    USAID Director Andrew Natsios, 4/23/03

    In my opinion, GWB is the worst president I've seen in my lifetime. He is also the luckiest. By the time history gets around to recognizing him as such he will already have been surpassed in this regard by the Big O.

  11. desert rat said...
    The Hondos are not "Leftists", wi"o", they're better than that.

    never said they were...

    my point is the left has no problem in using force and violence against innocents...

  12. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal headed to Egypt for a rare visit Saturday, fueling some speculation of possible progress in protracted negotiations between the Islamist group and Israel on a prisoner swap.

    How about this idea.... Kill Khaled Mashaal

    Then, Israel should start executing all terrorists with blood on their hands.... If they dont release Gilad? Keep executing...

    what will the world do?

    nothing more than they already do...

  13. If palestinians think that one palestinian is equal to one jew then why do they beleive that one 22 yr old jew is worth 1000 terrorists?

    if gilad is worth 1000 palestinians in a prisoner trade, should not one "homemade" rocket be responded to with a nice bunker buster?

    cant have it both ways...

    if one human life is equal to one...

    the Gilad should be released for one palestinian olive picker....

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  15. Good News for Rufus and the Crew:

    Drinking Over 60 May Lower Dementia Risk

    ...But there is ample evidence from other studies that moderate alcohol consumption can increase HDL, or “good cholesterol,” improve blood flow to the brain and decrease blood coagulation. All three factors may reduce the risk for dementia.

  16. "Gilad should be released for one palestinian olive picker...."
    Are you saying some of them actually perform useful work???

  17. There is a rumor, purportedly started at the Huffington Post, that the unidentified man on the right in the photo is actually WiO.

    Who is this guy?


  18. Quirk said...
    There is a rumor, purportedly started at the Huffington Post, that the unidentified man on the right in the photo is actually WiO.

    Who is this guy?


    Quirk, that's Jesus... Not me...

    Besides, the public reader's digest version of kabalah that madonna practices is for self obsessed retards....

    I dont do Zohar....

    nor madanna...

  19. The Obama administration attacked Israel on Friday for giving the green light to the building of hundreds of new homes in the occupied West Bank even as the two sides negotiate a freeze on settlement construction.

    In response, Israel condemned America's policy of allowing blacks to live in North America. (America is occupied lands and Blacks have no business occupying her)

  20. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told reporters the EU's 27 foreign ministers were all against the move, following similar criticism levied by the US

    In a further statement Frattini stated that Iraly had proudly created the Ghetto "just for the Jews" and if only the Jews would stick to their assigned living areas could we have peace.

    At the end of the press conference, Frattini presented a newly minted Ghetto Key to the Venetian Ghetto to the Moslem gatekeeper and said, please keep the Jews locked up at night as they deserve...

  21. For the record:
    I do not now, nor have I ever, done Madonna.
    (although, for the record, felt some pangs of envy when she had her meeting w/Bibi)

  22. Editorial - Where the Jobs Aren’t -

    NY Times Blasts Obama for not addressing JOBS.

    "It has become commonplace to explain each dismal job report by saying that a resurgence in employment always lags general economic recovery. But with the job market severely wounded, and with consumer spending expected to be weak for a very long time, it could easily take until 2014 for employment to recover. It’s safe to say that five years or more of subpar job growth is not what most people have in mind when they think of a “lag.”

    The question, then, is how bad does it have to get before the Obama administration and Congress make job creation a priority.

  23. The White House raps Netanyahu governments for deciding to build hundreds of new housing units on West Bank before construction freeze.

    The White House further stated that it was impossible to have any sympathy with the Jewish State if it insisted on actually housing the homeless refugees that have risked life and limb escaping from Africa & Europe. In a pointed statement President Obama said, "We like Jews to be homeless, beaten and victimized"

  24. re: "...for self-obsessed..."

    There is a certain irony in the use of these words.

    At some point, you just have to move on. Life is too short.


  25. The Obama administration says it will release names of most visitors to the White House, starting at the end of this year. Information on visitors in the first eight months of his administration will remain secret — though officials say they will consider narrow and specific requests.

    The White House called the release of information "voluntary," continuing to argue the Bush administration's position that full disclosure is not required by the Freedom of Information Act.

    After being sued twice by a nonprofit organization seeking the records, the Obama administration said Friday it will post the visitor logs online.

    The release will be time delayed, with 90 to 120 days passing before the records are posted on the White House Web site. And only visits after Sept. 15, 2009, will be revealed. The first wave of records is expected to be posted around Dec. 31.

    The White House also said that certain "sensitive" visits, such as those by potential Supreme Court nominees, members of the PLO, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Black Panthers will not be revealed. Also hidden will be personal visits to the Obama and Biden families, and security information such as the arrival times of White House staff.

  26. "We like Jews to be homeless, beaten and victimized"
    SOMEBODY'S gotta pay reparations, and we got a lot more allies in Europe, on Campus, and in the "ME" if that somebody be the Joos.

  27. re: "I dont do Zohar....

    nor madanna..."

    I can buy into not doing Madonna. She just hasn't aged all that well. But who is this Zohar chick?

  28. Obama Urged to Rally Support for War


    WASHINGTON -- The White House is facing mounting pressure from lawmakers to work harder to rally flagging public support for the war in Afghanistan.

    With casualties rising, the administration is struggling to persuade voters that the war can be won or is worth the human and financial costs. Afghanistan is President Barack Obama's top foreign-policy priority, but recent polls show that a majority of voters oppose the war for the first time since the conflict began eight years ago.

    Obama proposed a "Let's kill an non-Arab/African Moslem Day" to help get the country into the mood. This was announced at the Whitehouse to celebrate the ending of Ramada. Obama went on to explain that only the Arabs and the Africans had the true vision of Islam and that he was assured that the problem of Afghanistan Islam could corrected with a Final Solution.

  29. But who is this Zohar chick?

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  30. Correction:
    This was announced at the Whitehouse to celebrate the ending at the Washington DC Ramada.

  31. China's national flag to go up in White House on Sept 20
    By Hou Lei (

    The national flag of the People's Republic of China (PRC) will be hoisted at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on September 20, media reported Sunday.

    Chinese associations in the United States had applied to hold a ceremony in front of the US President’s residence to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of PRC.
    Chen Ronghua, chairman of Fujian Association of the United States, told reporters that their application was approved not only because of the sound Sino-US relations but also because China now owns the USA.

    "Many Americans admire China due to the success of last year’s Beijing Olympics and for her ability to make cheap shit," said Chen.

  32. EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Two radio station towers were toppled early Friday, and the station's manager said an ecoterrorist group's initials were left at the scene.
    A sign bearing the letters ELF was found near the towers, said Andy Skotdal, general manager of KRKO Radio in Everett, about 25 miles north of Seattle. The Earth Liberation Front is a loose collection of radical environmentalists that has claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks since the 1990s. Hours later at the local police station, members of the Earth Liberation Front reported that several newts and a frog were crushed by falling radio towers and wished for an arrest warrant to be issued for the radio stations owners for murder.

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