A friend has written to ask me how I feel about the recent events in Honduras. All I can say is that I'm very happy that the people of that country resisted the efforts of the President Manuel Zelaya to remain in office beyond the term allowed by the Constitution. Whether he wanted to promote a progressive agenda or not is less relevant, in my opinion, than the fact that he attempted to promote it by decidedly non-progressive means. We have seen many times how leaders keep endlessly modifying the laws of their land with the best possible intentions. The only result, however, is the establishment of yet another dictatorship.
The very fact that Zelaya attempted to do this demonstrates, in my view, that he is nothing other than a dictator in the making, who would end up going to any lengths to hold on to power. Latin America has seen its fair share of this type of political leader. I'm very glad that Hondurans decided that they won't stand for it any longer.