Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya “re-entered” Honduras on Fridayin another bizarre show of political theater by the Central American leader. Zelaya, coming from Nicaragua, approached the Honduran border at a remote mountain pass and took a few steps across into the country he once led. He spoke by cell phone to nearby military officials before returning to Nicaragua, saying he did not want to risk bloodshed and was ready to return to the negotiating table. Honduran soldiers had formed a human chain near the border crossing but did not move to arrest Zelaya.
For her part, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Zelaya’s border shenanigans “reckless” and said they’d do nothing to restore constitutional order in Honduras. For all its pointless showmanship, perhaps Zelaya’s step into Honduras will dial down the tension ever so slightly, as now Zelaya doesn’t have to push for a more dramatic return. I’m hoping negotiations will win out, and both sides seem committed to that path, but I wonder if any solution that sees Zelaya returned to power will be to the benefit of the people of Honduras.