Monday, July 20, 2009

double democratic standard

The effort to defend a democratically elected president has no precedent in the region. [...] I've never seen anything like it in Latin America. [...] It has been remarkable seeing the various Latin American presidents traveling around the continent expressing their support for the deposed president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya.
The greatest act of cynicism was played out when dictator Raul Castro, also in Managua, demanded the return of democracy to Honduras, while neither he nor his brother Fidel were ever elected to rule the island in free, multiparty elections. Raul, in other words, wants democracy for Honduras but not for Cuba.
Chavez himself admitted at a press conference last Friday that he fooled Venezuelans in the 1998 elections. "I was a candidate (simply) to call for Constitutional reform," he said, with a cynical smile. This means that even then he was planning to perpetuate himself in power, but never said so. He pretended to be a democrat. Today we know he is not.
That the restoration of democracy be urgent in one country, and not in another, is not logical. What excuse does the OAS have for demanding democracy in Honduras while forgetting about Venezuela and Cuba?

- Excellent column by Univision's Jorge Ramos.

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