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Yearning a Stable Democracy in Honduras

With the news that Costa Rican President Oscar Arias is willing to mediate the situation in Honduras [news story, July 8], the political tensions stemming from the June 28 ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya are easing. The Obama administration has finally realized that blindly supporting Mr. Zelaya would represent a clear disapproval of the legitimacy of Honduras's democratic institutions, its constitution and its people.

As a native of Brazil who is familiar with Latin America's history of political instability, I regret that the international press has distorted the events in Honduras. The enemies of democracy have tried to sell the idea that it was just another military coup. However, Mr. Zelaya is no different than his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chávez, who also has been attempting to use democratic means to subvert democracy.

Hondurans said "Enough!," and they deserve the support of those who are really committed to democratic principles.

FÁBIO OSTERMANN

Arlington


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