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BY JIM WYSS
LAS MANOS, Nicaragua -- During the 1980s, the woods surrounding this lonely border crossing were the scene of ambushes and firefights, as Nicaraguan Sandinistas and Honduran-based contras waged a bloody civil war.
Now, as ousted Honduran leader Manuel ``Mel'' Zelaya vows to lead a caravan across the frontier to reclaim the presidency he lost June 28, some fear this thin ribbon of asphalt that links the two nations could once again be the scene of a clash.
As hopes for a negotiated solution to Honduras' 3-week-old political crisis fade, Zelaya has sa
His rival and Honduras' interim president, Roberto Micheletti, has ordered the army to arrest him on sight. Few believe that the encounter will take place without bloodshed, as passions for both men run high.
``If Mel were to show up I would let him sleep in my bed and give him something to eat,'' said Isaías Rodríguez, a taxi driver who shuttles tourists from the desolate border region to the town of Dalí, Honduras, about 19 miles away. ``If he comes in and they arrest him, there will be bullets.''
Originally posted by Sundancer
Where do these people get their gall and edacity??? If I was elected to do something, and because I didn't do it (adhere to the constitution) I was removed, I would never force myself back, knowing the reason I was removed is because the voters hate me. He's willing to start a battle that may kill even more people because he refuses to leave a position that the country no longer trusts him to honor. That seems to me almost like mental illness.
We have those same politicians here in the states. When one party calls them a liar and votes them out, they just change parties and run again.
Good post, S&F!
Originally posted by xmotex
He wasn't removed according to the processes outlined in the Honduran Constitution, but overthrown by a military coup.
Whether the Honduran Supreme Court & Congress liked him or not, they violated their own Constitution in doing so.