U. S. On the Wrong Side, Again
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The next time some warmongering politico or puff headed talk-radio pontificator asks why rebel groups of the world seem to "hate" America, say one word back to them: Bolivia.
Bolivia is a country rich in resources, yet its majority Indian population is mired in unemployment and abject poverty. This is because the Europeanized elites who've ruled the country have long joined foreign corporate exploiters in plundering Bolivia's resources and people.
This year, however, the people have risen up, thrown their elitist president out of office, and asserted themselves as the new democratic power. They rebelled not merely against the president, a millionaire mining executive and diehard proponent of the free-market globalization that has devastated Bolivia's economy -- but specifically against bullying U. S. corporations and our government's consistent siding with the elites.
A central focus of their rebellion has been a U. S. backed plan to build a pipeline to ship Bolivia's natural gas to our country, while people there go without fuel. Many Bolivians see the U. S. as literally waging war against them, determined to keep the Indian majority powerless and impoverished.
Yet, even after the people's successful rebellion and their assertion of the very democratic ideals that our own USofA was founded on -- the Bush government sided not with Bolivia's fledgling democracy movement, but with the old elites. Our state department, which had aggressively lobbied other Bolivian political leaders to retain the despised president, then went out of its way after he was deposed to praise the old coot for his "commitment to democracy." Our government even flew him to Miami, granting him a "public interest pardon," at the same time it said it "regretted" the way he was removed by the people.
Well, pardon me, but I regret that our corporatized leaders are against people around the world who are striving for democracy.