May 6, 2013

A priest from Honduras says the United States is repeating the same errors in Central America as it did in the 1980s, and his country is suffering as a result.

Jesuit Father Ismael Moreno, who directs Radio Progreso, a feisty activist station on the Caribbean coast of Honduras, recently told several gatherings in Oregon and Washington that U.S. intervention in his country, supposedly focused on drug trafficking, has undermined democracy and fostered corruption.

“As part of its war on drugs, the U.S. government went looking for partners, and in Honduras it found the same allies it had used in the 1980s,” Moreno told a gathering in a Seattle church in mid-April.

“Rather than fighting communism, these days they’re fighting narcotraffickers, but these allies – the military and police, the prosecutors and judges – are all involved in organized crime.

They aren’t really loyal allies of the United States.”