Honduran Scholars Call on US to Cease Support for Military and Police

Anthropology Professor Dr. Pine of American University is interviewed here on the Real News Network and provides a fascinating and thorough background and analysis of ‘drug war’ militarization and its impacts in Honduras.

On June 7, 40 Honduran scholars, supported by 300 academics from 29 countries, sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanding the following:

cease all U.S. support for Honduran military and police training—and sent the message that the war on drugs is not a rationale for supporting a regime that is violently suppressing its own people.

No response as of yet from our democracy-loving political leaders!

Here’s an excerpt of this excellent 10 minute interview:

JAY: Now, we know a lot of the Mexican drug operations have moved to Central America, and a lot of them apparently are moving to Honduras. So if that’s true, doesn’t the administration have to cooperate and support this regime in order to deal with the drug invasion of Honduras?

PINE: Well, the problem with that logic is that this regime is deeply complicit in the drug trade, and so cooperating and supporting this regime is in effect cooperating with and supporting the drug traffickers themselves. Some of the known drug traffickers—and this has come out in WikiLeaks reports. For example, Miguel Facussé, who is a land holder in the Bajo Agúan region, who himself is responsible (and he’s admitted this on national TV) for the killings of numerous peasants in the region with whom he has land conflicts, in a WikiLeaks cable it’s admitted by the State Department that they know he is a drug trafficker as far back as—I think that was in 2004 or 2005.

Go to the Real News Network here for the whole interview.

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