…us, en honduras — in texas?…Posted: 2014-07-16
…meterse en honduras, did the US and very deeply so…
The US policy of forceful subordination of non-client states once implemented never quite ends – even if its media cooperates by choosing to ignore its damaging consequences. In Central America of Latin America, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua were special countries in which the art of torture and slaughter and destruction learned in the US or from its ‘advisors’ was enthusiastically practiced.
Thus, it should be only obvious that those dispossessed and desperate who value their own lives, lives not valued by the very authorities strongly supported by the US, should seek to find safe haven elsewhere. And such individuals or groups of individuals fleeing for their own safety or lives would be classified as refugees, most of all in that exceptional country that declares itself the kindest and most generous since the dawn of, well, dawn.
The outrage being committed against common decency, humanity has not gone unnoticed in yet another posting. This one is from Ted Krall over at common dreams, Those Kids Crossing the Border From Mexico Wouldn’t Be There If Obama Hadn’t Supported a Coup the Media Doesn’t Talk About. And as the title shows, who the cap fits, let them wear it – and in shame, if there is any. The title conveys the stark and brutal insensitivity of US ‘policy’ with a ‘post-racial’, ‘bi-racial’ President. Brief excerpts of Rall’s points.
Even if you’ve followed this story closely, you probably haven’t heard the depressing backstory — the reason so many Central Americans are sending their children on a dangerous thousand-mile journey up the spine of Mexico, where they ride atop freight trains, endure shakedowns by corrupt police and face rapists, bandits and other predators. (For a sense of what it’s like, check out the excellent 2004 film “Maria Full of Grace.”)
The fact that Honduras is the biggest source of the exodus jumped out at me. That’s because, in 2009, the United States government — under President Obama — tacitlysupported a military coup that overthrew the democratically elected president of Honduras. “Washington has a very close relationship with the Honduran military, which goes back decades,” The Guardian noted at the time. “During the 1980s, the US used bases in Honduras to train and arm the Contras, Nicaraguan paramilitaries who became known for their atrocities in their war against the Sandinista government in neighbouring Nicaragua.”
El Salvador and Guatemala, also narcostates devastated by decades of U.S. support for oppressive, corrupt right-wing dictatorships, are suffering similar conditions.
That the plight of the desperate should provoke such callousness is one more indication of the country’s continuing descent further into moral emptiness.
An amusing twist to this farce is the adventure of an ‘undocumented’ journalist, José Antonio Vargas, who had set out to cover the arrival of the refugees fleeing from their benighted countries at the US border. He would be detained by US border patrol, and much within the US. Being a well-known Pulitzer Prize winner, he was released and not deported – unlike the thousands of unfortunate minors at the border.
To those infants detained at the border by the freedom protecting patriots, we recommend this. Declare yourself to be José Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize Winner and ask your one-year old buddy to place a call to Mayor de Blasio of NYC or Senator Warren or any of the remaining US politicians not yet corporate. If not, state very confidently, “Massive campaign contributions follow in a later batch of refugees (of the US’ creation).”
And for the steadfast courage against all daunting odds of the brave band of border guards, heroes all, and with all due apologies to the Bard, we adapt this in ‘italicised‘ homage,
This story shall the vile man teach his son;
And McAllen shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we vile few, we band of brutal bumblers;
For he to-day that deports ‘wetbacks’ with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And vile racists in USA, USA, USA! now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That deported dangerous children and infants at McAllen
…Surely, a victory greater than Grenada…