One thing our government is good at is making enemies. When I was a young man, America was revered by the world as the greatest country on earth. Now, we are hated by most of the population of the ‘big blue marble.’ Our latest act of imperialism and aggression was to force down the plane of Bolivia’s president Evo Morales. Now Bolivia is threatening to remove the United States Embassy from its country.
It’s not exclusive with other nations, our people hate our government. Too strong a word? I don’t believe so, check its favorability rating.
President Morales told a cheering crowd in Bolivia: “Being united will defeat American imperialism. We met with the leaders of my party and they asked us for several measures and if necessary, we will close the embassy of the United States,” said Morales. “We do not need the embassy of the United States.”
The reality is, nobody needs the assistance of the United States. China, which has become the number one power in the world, both economically and militarily, has accomplished more trade agreements with the nations of the world than the United States. And Russia is threatening to become number two.
Morales spoke as the leaders of Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina and Uruguay joined him in Cochabamba, Bolivia for a special meeting to address the diplomatic row.
As I stated in a previous article, imagine that Air Force One, with the president onboard, had been forced down. What would be our nation’s reaction? World War III would have happened instantaneously.
If you think the reaction of the South American nations is too extreme, simply place yourself in their position.
Morales has said that while the plane was parked in Vienna, the Spanish ambassador to Austria arrived with two embassy personnel and they asked to search the plane. He said he denied them permission.
“Who takes the decision to attack the president of a South American nation?” Maduro asked. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano “Rajoy has been abusive by trying to search Morales’ plane in Spain. He has no right to breach international law.”
An official presidential plane is part of that country’s official territory, and a search without permission would literally have been an invasion of a sovereign nation.
Morales and other South American leaders addressed the incident as another effort by the government of the United States to intimidate, and degrade countries they consider inferior.
Amid the tensions, the US embassy in La Paz cancelled Independence Day celebrations scheduled for Thursday. In the eastern city of Santa Cruz, Bolivian government sympathizers painted protest slogans on the doors of the American consulate.
United States allies have been quick to whitewash the incident. They were quick to disassociate themselves with the United States.
France sent an apology to the Bolivian government. But Morales said “apologies are not enough because the stance is that international treaties must be respected.”
Spain’s Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said his country did not bar Morales from landing in its territory.
Morales said he had no contact with Snowden, the reason for his airplane’s grounding, while he was in Moscow. He said that Bolivia had received no formal request for asylum.
The Bolivian government wants no association with the government of the United States. They are considering the removal of the United States Embassy in the capital of La Paz.
Alfred James reporting