On Saturday, Manuel Zelaya was overthrown as President of Honduras by the military in a bloodless coup.
An ally of Hugo Chavez, Zelaya is safely in Costa Rica.
Under Hondura's constitution, its President can only serve a single term in office.
But Zelaya put forward a referendum that would have allowed him to serve additional terms a la Chavez. However, both the Honduran Congress and Supreme Court declared the referendum illegal.
It is interesting how President Obama who was so eager not to be seen as meddling in Iran's affairs after its "election" was quick to "meddle" where it concerned Honduras. Obama told Honduras "to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic charter." It sounds like President Obama is suggesting the pronouncements of the Honduran Congress and Supreme Court were illegitimate. Could that be because President Obama sympathizes with the socialist ideology put forward by Zelaya? Whatever the case not only was there no such admonition against Iran's leaders they still intend to talk with them as if nothing had happened.
Complicating matters is Chavez threatening military action against Honduras.
Curious that President Obama has thus far remained mum on Chavez's threats against Honduras. I guess socialists and Islamists don't need to respect democratic norms and the rule of law in Obama's world.
That said the military coup leaders should take swift measures to restore civilian rule in Honduras as soon as possible.