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Issue #1559      8 August 2012

The attempted US siege of Bolivia

THE exacerbation of internal social disputes, tense relations between the governments of Santiago de Chile (Chile) and La Paz (Bolivia) in the context of their maritime disagreement, and press revelations as to US bases possibly being installed on the Paraguayan border with Bolivia are all evidence of a clear Washington plan to besiege this nation.

Recent events related to Bolivia demonstrate that the US government is plotting the overthrow of President Evo Morales, with the aim of derailing the process of integration underway in Latin America, which is contrary to the empire’s hegemonic interests, in the wake of the recent coup d’état against Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo.

The United States believes that Bolivia could now be the weakest link in the chain currently linking a significant group of countries immersed in revolutionary processes and the defence of the sovereignty and independence, and in which nobody wants a repeat of Washington’s former domination in the region.

Political analysts are saying that in this new perverse plot, the US government has the backing of the right-wing government in Chile, which has adopted a harder position against its neighbor Bolivia, and the Paraguayan pro-Federico Franco coup organisers financed by the Pentagon and US secret services.

Press reports a few days ago revealed that an ultra-right deputy implicated in Lugo’s overthrow negotiated the installation of US military bases on the Paraguayan-Bolivian border with the Barack Obama administration.

To date Washington has not reacted in the context of this dangerous news, as is the case when it is engineering destabilising acts or military aggression anywhere in the world, but it is true that there is no smoke without fire, as the saying goes.

The US conspiracy also includes internal acts of subversion in conjunction with Bolivia’s weakened and discredited traditional Right, directly implicated in the recent police mutiny in this country, and in the exacerbated indigenous conflicts in Tipnis, utilised to create an image of chaos and weakening of support for President Morales’ executive.

Naturally, the conservative national press, plus international media such as the CNN network and Spain’s El País, part of the Prisa consortium, are part of the Bolivian destabilisation operation.

However, in spite of Washington, which scorns the intelligence of the millenary indigenous culture, Bolivian authorities and the people are fully aware of every move made by their adversaries to turn around the process of change underway in the nation, where serenity and an appropriate response at the right time and in the right place are paramount.

The conspiracies against Bolivia, similar to those instigated in Paraguay and Venezuela and Ecuador, to cite certain countries which are constant US targets, will not be able to achieve their objective because Evo has sufficient popular support to deal another defeat to his enemies.


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