While Rome is burning, everyone is hypnotized by the fiddling emperor Chavez. Crime and impunity in Honduras, which steadily worsened during Manuel Zelaya’s administration, has only gotten worse under Porfirio Lobo. But, Mr. Lobo is busy courting international opinion in the naïve hope of convincing hypocrites.
Mr. Lobo, while president of the Honduran Congress, had enacted a policy of zero tolerance which restored a semblance of order to Honduran cities. The policy, however, was heavily criticized by human rights groups, alleging it tacitly approved of extra-judicial killings of drug dealers and gang members by police.
Now however, he is exerting all his power to get Honduras back in the OAS and the SICA. He seems to think he can change the minds of rulers who despise him, not for himself, but what Roberto Micheletti, his predecessor who nobody likes to mention, did. The hypocrisy of Chavez and his lackey presidents is not the subject of this post, but Lobo foolishly seems to think he can deal straightly and honestly with them.
Crime is increasing at a disturbing rate in the meantime. Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the largest cities in Honduras, are both in the top ten of world-wide murder rates.
Just last night, armed robbers broke into my sister’s house and pointed a gun at my nephew and niece. My brother in law, and his mother arrived minutes later and were also robbed. They have decided to abandon Honduras completely and move to Miami, as they are US residents. Being robbed six times in the streets of Tegucigalpa, the last time at gunpoint, made it easier for me to leave Honduras as well.
But most Hondurans are not so fortunate.
Mr. Lobo needs to address domestic issues, where his popularity is rapidly declining. The country is being ruled by the Mexican drug cartels and their minions, the maras (gangs). If Lobo and Mexican President Felipe Calderon confronted Chavez’s support of the drug smuggling FARC guerrillas, together with Colombian president Uribe, maybe the hemisphere could be safe again.