LatinaLista — Ever since Honduran President Mel Zelaya was unceremoniously removed from office by a military junta, the Obama administration has joined with other world leaders in demanding the Honduran government reinstate Zelaya.
Nominee for Mexico’s Attorney General Arturo Chavez Chavez
Yet, when it comes to Mexico’s President Calderon’s appointment of Arturo Chavez Chavez, former Chihuahua state prosecutor during the 1990s, as the country’s next Attorney General, a position that will have great influence over how the millions of dollars supplied by the US for Mexico’s fight against the drug cartels will be spent, the administration says nothing.
Chavez Chavez hails from the region of Mexico where drug cartels were literally born and have flourished since the 1990s – in Chihuahua – the state where Ciudad Juarez is located. Though Juarez has now become infamous as the bloody battleground of rival drug cartels, in the 90s it was known as the killing fields where young girls disappeared on their way to work in the maquiladoras only to be found slaughtered and stuffed in barrels or buried under sandy lots.
No real progress was made in finding the demented creatures who did this. Also, it’s important to remember that it was during this time also the drug cartels were forming and were showing signs of activity in Chihuahua as elsewhere in the country.
Given the “inability” to find and name the parties responsible for these gruesome deaths and how the early drug activity in this region was allowed to take root, the White House would do well to examine Calderon’s choice for Attorney General since he’ll be holding the purse strings once the money is released into the country.
It’s ironic that the Obama administration feels Mexico’s choice of Attorney General is an internal affair but doesn’t take that same stand in Honduras with a man whom the majority of HondureÃ±os feel have betrayed them.
It doesn’t seem to matter, or maybe it’s not known, that Honduras doesn’t have an impeachment process so the only way to force the removal of a President is to “escort” him out via military guard. Or that in a public poll, 85% of the people said Zelaya being back in the country doesn’t help the political situation. Or that the whole reason Zelaya was overthrown was for the crimes he is known to have committed and his defiance of a ruling from his country’s Supreme Court.
Even the Wall Street Journal in an editorial published today had the following to say:
Every major Honduran institution supported the move, even members in Congress of his own political party, the Catholic Church and the country’s human rights ombudsman. To avoid violence the Honduran military escorted Mr. Zelaya out of the country. In other words, his removal from office was legal and constitutional, though his ejection from the country gave the false appearance of an old-fashioned Latin American coup.
Even with all these facts, the Obama administration can say with a straight face that Honduras should reinstate a corrupt leader.
I guess it isn’t hard after all to see why our administration is saying nothing about Chavez Chavez.