Bolivia has taken serious umbrage at the search conducted of their President Evo Morales' plane and blamed Washington for its forced landing in Vienna over suspicions that former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was on board.
They also said that it was an act of aggression and a violation of international law.
They are right of course. This incident shows paranoia going to extremes. So much so that all protocol and respect of law has been abandoned!
Indeed, even a diplomat would not be treated like that much less than a head of state!
However, Austria's deputy chancellor Michael Spindelegger claims that Morales "agreed to a voluntary inspection".
Bolivia is among more than a dozen countries where Snowden has sought asylum and Morales has said he would consider granting the American refuge if requested.
Snowden's options have narrowed since he arrived in Moscow from Hong Kong with no valid travel documents after the United States revoked his passport.
U.S. President Barack Obama has warned that an offer of asylum from a country would carry serious costs.
Nevertheless, the act must be condemned and the Bolivian government as well as the people have every right to be angry and demand an apology!