Nothing really puts you in your place quite like getting shot at in another country. All gringo arrogance vaporized in an instant. Choking from teargas. Lungs aflame. Reeling blind through unknown streets just ahead of the death squads. Abandoned by your fellow correspondents, who were all shrewd enough to have put on their gas masks and taken cover before the soldiers launched shock grenades and opened fire on the crowd. Yes, whenever a quick and brutal dose of humility is called for I can always flash back to the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa in the summer of 2009, during the U.S.-backed military coup against elected president Manuel "Mel" Zelaya . A swift recall of live rounds slamming into unarmed demonstrators—of my own self at the mercy of those sadistic soldados —and all false pride just fades away. The crowds had come in their thousands and their tens of thousands to protest the army's kidnapping of old Mel, who was as famous for his cheesy sombrero-and-mustache look as he was for his tepidly liberal politics. In any case, soldiers arrived at his house one pleasant morning in late June, frogmarched him in his PJs to the massive American airbase just outside… Read full this story
- What’s Lurking Inside Trump’s War Cabinet?
- Trump administration plans to slash number of refugees for U.S. resettlement
- Donald Trump yet to deliver promise to end Barack Obama's 'war on coal' but locals hopeful the worst is far behind them
- America’s Dirtiest Cops: Cash, Cocaine and Corruption on the Texas Border
- Donald Trump insists ‘I don’t have a racist bone in my body’ – but House condemns his tweets telling Democrats to ‘go back’ to their countries
- Trump doubles down on agenda in State of the Union address
- In 2008, America Stopped Believing in the American Dream
- What you need to know about Trump's first speech as president
- The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters
- Turkey: The Crucial Anti-ISIS Ally That Trump … Forgot?
Inside Trump’s Disastrous ‘Secret’ Drug War Plans for Central America have 330 words, post on www.thedailybeast.com at July 1, 2017. This is cached page on Vietnam Dance. If you want remove this page, please contact us.