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Morales is Miffed

Coming in to land at El Alto (La Paz) Airport

Coming in to land at El Alto (La Paz) Airport

I see Bolivia is a tad more than miffed at having their president banned from flying over France, Italy, Spain and Portugal through their airspace and forcing a stopover in Austria, where Morales consented to having his plane searched for the US whistleblower.

What would have happened if Morales had refused under diplomatic immunity?

Further food for thought; what would have happened if Morales jet had defied the four-country ban and flown over any of those countries? Would they have shot it down? Would the cowards have the balls to do that?

We all know who was to blame for the ban.

The Bolivian president is considering closing the US Embassy as a result, four other South American nations are also considering the case.

“The Bolivian president blamed Washington for pressurising European countries into refusing him passage.

“My hand would not shake to close the US embassy,” Mr Morales said.

“We have dignity, sovereignty. Without the United States, we are better politically and democratically.””BBC News

I am beginning to think that he may be right, not only Bolivia,but the rest of the world might be better off without American interference. Politically, Washington is getting too big for its boots.

Imagine if: “”If this had happened to the president of the United States, it probably would have been grounds for war,” said Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.” BBC News

Indeed!

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Bolivia’s Morales insists no return for US DEA

Mr Morales accused US drug agents and the US ambassador of conspiring against Bolivia's government

Bolivian President Evo Morales has said that US anti-drug agents are not welcome back in his country, despite an agreement to restore diplomatic ties.

Mr Morales said that he himself had been a “victim” of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a coca growers’ union leader.

The DEA’s exclusion from Bolivia was a question of “dignity and sovereignty”.

Bolivia and the US agreed to restore relations on Monday, three years after Mr Morales expelled the US ambassador.

Although details of the deal signed in Washington have not been made public, sources on both sides have said there was an agreement to exchange ambassadors as soon as possible and to work together to combat drug trafficking.

But Mr Morales stressed that the improvement in relations would not mean the return of the DEA.

He expelled DEA agents in 2008 along with US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, accusing them of conspiring against his government – charges the US has always rejected.

Source: BBC News Read more

Opinion:

Morales is doing the right thing on two fronts.

Firstly, the US needs to face its drug problem at home, not overseas blaming everyone else and not themselves, just like the classroom bully.

Secondly, after recent disclosures of the US government’s duplicity in many areas, Morales suspicions are well founded.

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