Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia has threatened to close down the U.S. embassy in Bolivia following the humiliation he faced as the head of state of a country when his plane was diverted on a flight from Russia and forced to land in Austria over suspicions that Edward Snowden might be on board on Tuesday.
Bolivia expressed its anger and people also held protests outside the U.S. embassy against, what can be called, U.S. “bullying.”
Morales is not just any other politician of Bolivia, he is the “President” of his country. It doesn’t matter if he is not the most ideal president for his people, but he is the head of state of Bolivia and deserves as much respect and holds as much dignity as Barack Obama or any other president of the world.
But it seems this thought didn’t occur to the U.S. State Department which is, according to Bolivian Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra, behind the decision to not allow Morales' plane to land in Portugal or fly over French air space over mere suspicion that a whistleblower, who exposed the ugly side of U.S. intelligence agencies, was on board.
One can only imagine the level of embarrassment and fury Morales and Bolivia must’ve experienced. This sort of move goes against international laws but no one can really do anything about it since the step was necessary (for the U.S.) and was taken in the name of national security (for the U.S. again).
The Bolivian President has blamed Washington for the incident saying that he was humiliated because he had considered political asylum for Edward Snowden. He saidupon his arrival in Bolivia, “Being united will defeat American imperialism. We met with the leaders of my party and they asked us for several measures and if necessary, we will close the embassy of the United States. We do not need the embassy of the United States.”
Not only in Bolivia, but people all over the world, who have a little understanding of how world politics work, know that Evo Morales was politically “bullied.” And as it often happens in high school life, the bully is mostly accompanied by a couple of sidekicks, who in Morales’ case are France, Germany and Portugal.
Bolivia, on the other hand, is like a brave victim of bullying that has at least taken a small step towards publicly condemning the incident and calling for action by threatening to close down the U.S. embassy.