Saturday, July 03, 2010

Say That In Spanish, Secretary Clinton

From the Huffington Post:

KRAKOW, Poland — Intolerant governments across the globe are "slowly crushing" activist and advocacy groups that play an essential role in the development of democracy, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday.

She cited a broad range of countries where "the walls are closing in" on civic organizations such as unions, religious groups, rights advocates and other nongovernmental organizations that press for social change and shine a light on governments' shortcomings.

Among those she named were Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Venezuela, China and Russia.

Amazing. Utterly amazing. At the moment I read this, I cannot sit down and write a long and considered response, but a short post felt needed.

How astonishing to read this so soon after the first anniversary of the bloody coup in Honduras, at a time that Secretary Clinton has been pushing Latin America to accept the new President of Honduras, who was elected under the shadow of a coup and violent repression of activists.

This violent repression of activists and advocacy groups in Honduras continued through the election season to such an extent that a legitimate free election was a joke, and protests over the coup and subsequent coup-laundering continue to be subject to crackdowns.

And here is Secretary Clinton lecturing europe about "walls closing in" on civil democracy. This could not be more shameless even if Porfirio Lobo were by her side while she said these things.

After quoting Winston Churchill's warning about an iron curtain spreading across europe, she lectured her audience: "We must be wary of the steel vise in which governments around the world are slowly crushing civil society and the human spirit."

No kidding. Now, can you say that in Spanish, please?

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