05 July 2009

One good turn

I've been cynical about the trendy outpouring of enthusiasm from American desk jockeys supporting the Iranian opposition by making their Twitter icon green. But I've also noticed that public interest in the Honduran coup has been unusually high, and I wonder how much of it is a byproduct of Americans' sudden interest in foreign struggles.

If there is a causal relationship, I suspect it's largely unintended. The American ruling class is quite happy to fan popular outrage at the Official Enemy in Tehran but would probably wish for fewer prying eyes looking at the history of military coups in Latin America.