Monday, July 21, 2008

Chopper down, Suspicion Up

The Copter

Yesterday afternoon, a helicopter crashed in the Cochabamba region of Bolivia. All people on board, four Venezuelan army personnel and a Major in the Bolivian army, died in the crash. The Super Puma copter which normally carries up to 20 people was on loan to Bolivia from Venezuela, and is the same one that transports President Evo Morales around Bolivia on his frequent trips to visit towns cities villages.

This is the second crash involving loaned Venezuelan helicopters in Bolivia. But it's the closest one to becoming an enormous international incident, as Evo used the very same helicopter to travel to Cochabamba that morning.

Funny how many Latin American presidents get involved in air crashes, innit?
US Secretary of Hemispheric Affairs Thomas Shannon chose poor diplomatic timing to unexpectedly cancel his trip today to meet with Evo. These events will only heighten the paranoia and suspicion going into the recall referendum, August 10th.

1 comment:

Bina said...

Phew. Evo, watch your 'chop...don't want my favorite cholito to become one more statistic in the annals of CIA jackaldom!