Crisis in Central America?

February 6, 2007

The United States has told Nicaragua to destroy it’s arsenal of Soviet-era anti-aircraft missiles, while on the other hand it has given Honduras money to buy eight light aircraft “to detect drug smugglers and help in natural disasters”. In an already tense area (Honduras and Nicaragua have a dispute over maritime limits in the Caribbean which is being heard at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, not to mention long-standing distrust over the Contras) this seems stupid and inflammatory to say the least. Just what are they thinking?
I might be married to a Honduran but I have to sympathise with Nicaraguan Presisdent Ortega who has stated that “if on the one hand they are going to renovate the Honduran air force, an air force of war, a military air force, and on the other hand they are going to ask us to destroy the rockets, it would be absurd, inconceivable”. Ortega has invited Central American nations to enter into a pact on regional military weapons “I would totally agree to having the missiles destroyed if we had a Central American accord that — at the same time — destroyed the missiles and also other offensive weapons that are getting old“.

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One Response to “Crisis in Central America?”

  1. La Gringa Says:

    Hmm, I had heard about both of these issues, but hadn’t connected them in any way. It makes you think, doesn’t it?


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