Criminal Rule in Honduras

July 23rd, 2010

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.

  • Don Godo

    Excellent post!!! My sentiments exactly. I don’t understand Pepe’s need to cuddle with Mel while ignoring Honduras’ plunge into chaos. Honduras is rapidly falling into a criminal abyss…My family is considering plan B and may move to Panama City.

    I truely hope Pepe will encourage Mr. Alvarez to be tough and adopt a zero tolerance before it’s too late.

  • Thanks Don Godo, Mr. Lobo’s mysterious motives are harder to guess than even Zelaya’s.

    His actions and inactions speak very loudly though.

  • I concur with Don. Excellent. And yes crime is alarmingly high. And not just for the well-to-do. I have had two young and poor friends who have been robbed of everything while walking home from school. One was in the middle of the day. Why take someone’s homework? The money, the cell phone, I get that. But exams and homework? Very discouraging. And scary as well for the parents. It makes me consider, once again, having a small place in the States or somewhere else to go to when things here get too dicey for me to handle as a single woman in a dangerous city.

  • Alan Campbell

    I am glad I can visit your site again. I got fake anti-virus stuff popping up when I visit your site last time so I had to stay away for a while.

    I feel sorry to hear that Honduras has become so dangerous. The biggest reason we citizens form governments and submit ourselves to them is to obtain security. A government that can’t provide security has no right to exist.

    If President Lobo feels he really has to go low and lick someone, he should just ask the US directly to help Honduras deal with the drug gangs. Preventing Honduras from becoming a new drug haven is an easy sell to the US public. They don’t want more people immigrating to the US anyway.

    • Sorry about that Alan, has been attacked several times this year, and my site has been victimized not once, but 3 times so far.

      I doubt the US would get too involved. In Mexico, thousands of people are dying every year because of the drug war. Mexico is much more important to the US than Honduras. If the White House neglects Mexico, what can we expect for Honduras?

      • Alan Campbell

        I don’t think the US neglects Mexico. A lot of money has been sent there. However, the drug gangs not only send drugs to sell in the US, they use the money to buy firearms and send them back to Mexico to fight the government. To control firearms requires a constitutional fight. To control its export requires a clear immigration policy. And now we have people calling to legalize drugs. (Legalizing drugs might reduce its price but I believe the volume will increase to the point where the gangs will get even more money.)

        The government of Mexico has fought hard but I’m afraid that might cause the drug gangs to expand to the south. That’s why I want a coordinated approach to this problem.

        I lived in north Texas for a long time. Got robbed. Had a bullet running into my apartment. Makes me wonder about my friends in El Paso… I never had these problems when I lived in SE Asia. These drug problems are making me crazy.

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