So the government of the United States is saying what Hondurans have known for years. The brother of the president of Honduras is a drug trafficker. I know this is a hot-take, but maybe if the United States wants to combat drug trafficking in Honduras and Central America, the U.S. should condemn politicians who got drug money and even go after a political party that drug traffickers propped up for years and that is known to be infiltrated by drug money and by drug traffickers all the way to the families of the people who are picked to run for president.
Honduras’s ultra-conservative Nationalist Party has ruled the country for 8 years. There have been two presidents since then. Both presidents, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, and Juan Orlando Hernandez have close familial ties to drug traffickers. Former president Lobo’s son was arrested and is serving a 24 year sentence in the United States after being captured drug trafficking in Haiti and was conspiring to import cocaine into the United States. Current President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s brother was detained in Miami earlier this month on the same charges.
If we’re serious about fighting drug cartels in Central America we should stop legitimizing politicians they fund and support, and especially politicians who may or may not owe them money.
We shouldn’t legitimize their supposed electoral victories before anyone else and while international groups are calling for a second round election, and we shouldn’t meet with their leaders. We should be firm and demand reforms, call for justice and accountability, and stop helping them militarize their country by cutting off military aid to the country, which has been used as a way to train soldiers who oppress people, and to do so we could sign the Berta Caceres Act into law.