Golpe de Estado in Honduras: A Brief Historical Antecedent

Obama and Zelaya at the Summit of the Americas (Credit: Reuters)

Obama and Zelaya at the Summit of the Americas (Credit: Reuters)

As I wade through the US reaction, including President Obama’s reaction, the State Department calling it basically a coup, yet technically not so we can continue to aid the military, and “experts,” who have sided with the golpistas over the people.

Honduran soldiers in 1920s - aided and trained by US military

Honduran soldiers in 1920s - aided and trained by US military

One piece I wrote back in February, for those curious, may warrant a second glance. It concerns the 1924 invasion on Honduras by the United States. (Interestingly enough, the first invasion into Honduras by the US was prompted when another caudillo – José Santos Zelaya, this time of Nicaragua – decided to battle Honduras). It provides a clear-cut response by both Honduras and the United States, attitudes that have changed a lot in almost a century. Yet, the interactions between the countries, then as now, must inform Obama and the international community.

More than just a piece on this incident, I also highlight the relations between the Honduran military and United States, the labor relations of the era, and more. It is not a clear path from 1924 to 2009, but the in-between will make a lot more sense.

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~ by Daniel on July 1, 2009.

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