Abandonment

I do indeed criticize Mel for raising the expectations of his supporters and then abandoning them with few resources and little hope. That is a sign of a poor and disengenuous leader, and it is a good example of the way Mel governed Honduras… lots of promises and rousing speeches, but very little in the way of delivery. The Octotal episode showed that he was not serious, but merely looking for any opportunity he could find to cause a disturbance that could win him some leverage. It didn’t work out the way he expected in Ocotal, so he left to find other opportunities. Personally, I am glad that it didn’t work out in Ocotal, but I can still criticize Mr. Zelaya for the way he treated his supporters. The two positions are not mutually exclusive.

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