I usually oppose US intervention in Latin America. Certainly it has not gone too well in the past, to say the least. But this is a clear case of the Honduran elite class attacking democracy itself. It is not 1983 anymore and this kind of behavior is not acceptable. While Zelaya isn't such a great president, he was democratically elected and is clearly supported by a large percentage of the population. Plus, if the international community allows this coup to stand, the precedent is set that right-wing politicians and militaries can overthrow the new generation of left-leaning governments in Latin America without reprisal. Not allowing this precedent to take place is much more important than Honduras itself.I am not certain who this "international community" is supposed to be, nor what new "US intervention" Loomis' imagines will not "allow this coup to stand." But it is the last sentence of the above excerpt that most mystifies me. What on earth can it possibly mean? "Much more important than Honduras itself"?