- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 2, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Having traveled to Honduras and having seen the news about the coup to remove radical socialist President Manuel Zelaya from office, I read the opinion piece by Juan Diego Zelaya, adviser to the opposition National Party, with much interest (“Very constitutional coup,” Opinion, Tuesday). Initially, I was perplexed that President Obama, leader of the free world, would side with Venezuela’s radical socialist President Hugo Chavez and call for the overthrown Honduran president’s reinstatement.

Mr. Obama showed a lack of leadership in his response to the voter fraud in Iran, and now we see weakness from America in promoting democracy in Central America. How sad. Reading Juan Diego Zelaya’s column made it clear to me that there are still people who will sacrifice and stand up for freedom, even if our president will not. Hopefully our democracy and our Constitution will never have to be rescued.

BRYAN CALLAN

Washington

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