One year ago last week, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya woke up with a gun pointed at his head, was forced onto a plane by the military, and expelled from the country. Many fear that Central America’s first coup in more than 15 years could mean the resumption of a painful era of dictatorships, military coups and civil wars.
With the rest of the international community, Canada initially condemned the coup. But any resolve by the government of Stephen Harper to restore the constitutional order would soon evaporate in the face of the determination of the coup leader Roberto Micheletti.
Canada’s actions point to a foreign policy increasingly inconsistent with Canada’s stated values: human rights, democracy and multilateralism.
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