Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Why Evo opposes US bases

Put simply, "Where ever a US base exists, there are military coups." (Hint: Honduras)
In front of 5 thousand Bolivians and citizens of other nationalities, the head of state recalled that the constitution of his country “does not allow any foreign military base, less so one belonging to the US.”
Ben Dangl is on the ball with the details on why US bases in Colombia would be a threat to countries in the entire region:
One US military document cited by the AP explains that the Palenquero base in Colombia – which the US plans transform with a $46 million upgrade – would be a stopping off point for the US military and air force so that "nearly half the continent can be covered by a C-17 (military transport) without refueling."

"This ongoing cooperation is much more important than direct military presence, as current military technology allows troops to concentrate in any given area within a matter of hours."
The excellent Dangl piece (go read) then quotes Evo directly demystifying the US policy excuse for these new bases in the "War on Drugs";
Morales spoke of his experiences as a coca grower and union leader facing the brunt of US militarization. "I witness this," he said, when describing repression. "So now we're narcoterrorists. When they couldn't call us communists anymore, they called us subversives, and then traffickers, and since the September 11 attacks, terrorists," Morales said. "The history of Latin America repeats itself."

Morales said the root of the drug problem lies in the US, not in South America. "If UNASUR sent troops to the United States to control consumption, would they accept it? Impossible!
Evo has a way of getting to the basic heart of the matter, no?

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