- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Mexican President Felipe Calderon may be concerned about “touching the third rail of domestic politics” by being to the right of the White House, but he should be much more worried about a more serious third rail: right from wrong.

Both he and President Obama are playing a dangerous game by placating the Marxist supporters of Honduran ex-President Manuel Zelaya in insisting that he return to office. Mr. Zelaya is a puppet of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. He is corrupt, radical and an enemy of democracy and freedom.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is deeply implicated in the drug trade. Drug trafficking, along with ransom monies and shakedown fees, is its primary source of financing. This evil is interconnected with the same elements in Venezuela and Mexico. Mr. Zelaya is a bit player in this but an important part of the Chavismo scheme.

Instead of interfering in the due process of a democratic nation and insulting the dignity and will of the brave people who made these choices, Mr. Obama and Mr. Calderon would be better served to intercede in the internal affairs of Venezuela and to support Colombian President Alvaro Uribe’s fight to eliminate FARC. That would serve the long-term interests of the continent and the war on drugs. Indeed, it is a matter of telling right from wrong.

ROBERT F. AGOSTINELLI

Paris

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