New Wave of Contra Attacks in Honduras
December 31, 2009
Tegucigapla, Honduras - Pressure
is mounting rapidly here in the capital against the American backed
Honduran President following a series of deadly ambushes by Contra
leftist guerrillas. The attacks occurred in Cedros in the Francisco
Morazan province, not far from the capital.
The ambushes have created a credibility
problem for the Honduran President, who spoke confidently of a victory
over the Contras in the near future in a local radio broadcast. That
very broadcast turned to static midway when a group of Contras destroyed
the transmitting tower with an explosive device that was obviously timed
to interrupt the speech. Other utilities and communications
centers were attacked at about the same time, sources say.
Without a victory soon, the Honduran
public may lose confidence in the government's leadership and the
Honduran President could possibly face a 'vote of no confidence' and be
forced from power.
posing next to helicopter before a search & destroy mission against
The Contra's are fighting a vigorous
guerrilla war with the alleged aid of Cuban supplies and advisors who
are long known for their cunning and well prepared attacks. The
Contra's move from place to place to keep from being surrounded by their
numerically superior enemy. Such tactics are hard to counter and
the Contra's are banking their future upon that fact alone. Most
military analysts believe that as long as they keep receiving supplies
that they can continue to wreak havoc indefinitely.
Even short lived Contra victories could
prove to be disastrous to US foreign policy for the entire region as
other Latin American countries look on -- many of whom have Leftist
factions that appeal to the poorer segments of the population. The
recent victory of Argentina over the British at the Falklands only added
to the growing interest for the leftist movements in these countries.
The American Secretary of State may be asked by the President to take
time out from his schedule to make an emergency goodwill tour of Central
and South America in an effort to shore up US interests. At the moment
US advisors and their Honduran counterparts are busy restoring damaged
or destroyed communication links before restarting the offensive against
Sources close to the US administration
state that the USA will give the Honduran President 100% backing in
dealing with this latest series of setbacks. What form that will
take remains to be seen but given the state of the Honduran military
following these decisive ambushes, it has to be massive to build up
their morale and fighting spirit. The White House has said it will
be meeting with its various advisors and military staff this week to
decide the best course of action.