Image: Multiplication of the Arcs by Yves Tanguy
The Western World endured a rude awakening this past Sunday. At least this is the impression I got when watching those few channels on television I get here, being a prisoner of conscience, and a few I try to keep track of because of how much I enjoy the idea of democracy.
I do not understand how, in the 21st century, we are still seeing video clips of cout d’états, images of the peoples’ will being trampled. What has become of Latin America? Perhaps it is that there is the almost limitless power handed to those in charge. Today, with this power, we witness the ousting of Manuel Zelaya Rosales from the presidency of Honduras, tomorrow perhaps another issue.
I believe that the heart of Latin America is in mourning, for this I will be honest and true to my own conscience: I do not agree, nor do I support the system of the Zelayan government, as also I would like to clarify that I have nothing against those who think more to the left, though that terminology in itself has been distorted. Today I saw on televisions nation’s sadness and pain for its people. The poor soldiers are probably living through the scariest moments of their lives right now. Having seen some of the same moments, I am reminded of my own experiences in forced military service: if an order given to you does not exalt your superior, it is best not to follow it. Thank God I was not faced with such a decision.
It is possible that this situation in Honduras will be escalated to outside federal organizations or even to the UN for arbitration, however the outcome will most likely not change. Will we forever live in countries where those in power have to continuously worry about the axe coming down on them, as in the story of Damocles? It is a difficult but necessary dichotomy if we want to grow in the ways of freedom.
Those who oppose Zelaya can refute accusations of misconduct all they want however the presence of the military on this political stage strikes quite a blow to their attempt at validating their actions. Also, if I can say so happily, no one has officially recognized Roberto Micheletti as the new president of Honduras. Let us pray for the Honduran people and to them all my solidarity, especially those members of the press whose rights are not being upheld.
The most important thing in these moments of political instability is to return to the institution of democracy by respecting the will of the people, in spite of all the powerful people behind those in power. We should all feel ashamed that though everyone seeks freedom and honor, all the Hondurans endured was the hijacking of their democratic rights.
Pablo Pacheco; Canaleta Prison