How dare they! How could anyone think that the United States be involved in the Honduran coup? Could it be that the Honduran military is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Pentagon? Could it be that nearly all of the top officers of the Honduran military, including coup leader General Velásquez, were trained at the notorious School of the Americas?
Could it be that the US provides nearly 20% of the entire military budget of the country and nearly all of its arms and equipment? Could it be that the United States continues to have 600+ trainers in Honduras at the Soto Cano Air Base (where many of the coup leaders were stationed)? Could it be that just a few months ago General Stavridis, head of US Southern Command, declared an “excellent state of cooperation between our two militaries.” Could it be this history-
1903 US Marines intervene in revolution
1907 Marines land during war with Nicaragua
1911 US troops protect “interests” in Honduran civil war overthrowing government. American Lee Christmas becomes Defense Minister
1912 Marines again land to protect US “economic interests”
1919 Marines land during election campaign (the US’ guy would end up winning!)
1924-25 US troops landed twice during election strife (US guy wins again!)
1954 Successful CIA coup to overthrow Guatemalan Guzman organized in Honduras
1965 Honduran dictator supports US invasion of the Dominican Republic
1980’s Honduras is the main staging and training base for the “Contra War” against the neighboring Sandinista government of Nicaragua
This list does not include the dozens and dozens of US interventions against Honduras’ neighbors where, if it were not for the good graces of US imperialism over the years, there would not be the head of a Central American oligarch left on unburdened shoulders.
We will only mention that General Andino controlled Honduras through the 1930s until 1948 with US support and that in 1963 General Arellano overthrew the government and ruled until 1970 also with US support and that in 1972 General Lopez staged another coup and ruled with US support. We only mention the military regimes of General Melgar Castro (1975-78) and General Garcia (1978-82) all, coincidentally we are sure, supported by the United States. We only mention the overwhelming economic penetration of the country by US companies whose trade makes up over 70% of the Honduran economy (with a good deal of the rest in the hands of Canadian mining companies).
If the United States is not lying and knew nothing about this coup (impossible to believe) or did not sponsor the coup itself (maybe) then the question is- did they try to stop it? Was there a wink and a nudge? Did they give mixed signals? And if they are opposed to it why don’t they cut off ties with the Honduran military even now?
The Honduran military is a product of the United States; the Honduran oligarchy only exists on the basis of its relationship to US imperialism. All of the bloody history of the United States in Central America demands that we take nothing the US says for granted. Even if there is no “direct involvement” this coup was Made in the USA.
A demonstration to protest the coup will take place this Wednesday in Detroit- July 1st 4:30 PM- at Hart Plaza (corner of Woodward and Jefferson).