Wait. There’s an error in the above statement, can you guess what it is?
A hundred thousand people did cheer the friendly words between the presidents. Mel Zelaya did declare “special affection” to Chávez, “the brother of Central American presidents”. No, they didn’t actually kiss. Bummer.
I was able to see the celebrations because I came across a minor local TV channel, Cholusat, who was broadcasting them. They weren’t broadcast in the major TV channels.
Our president smiled as Chávez poured out the usual anti-US rhetoric (he did not clap). I would give up my iPhone to know what was going through his mind (yeah, I know, I don’t have one). A hundred thousand people, dressed in red and black, waving Cuban, Venezuelan, and Nicaraguan flags erupted in frenzied applause, while fireworks exploded overhead.
Mel, what are you thinking! Do you want to create a Socialist Honduras? Why were you there? I suspect I’m not the only Honduran deeply offended to see your sanctimonious smile as Chávez poured out his hate. I was ashamed to be Honduran when I saw you there.
In your speech you said you wanted to face those who “want to sow hatred, destruction and division of our peoples.” If that is so, all you needed to do is look to the man standing right beside you, into the face of the man who made you smile, Hugo Chávez.
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