In a democracy, an aggressor country cannot justify its invasions, even to its own people, without the express petition of the people whom it is going to “save” through its invasion. Let us remember that George W. Bush fooled the people of the United States by saying that the Iraqi people would receive them with open arms, as an army of liberation: with olive branches and rose petals. The cornerstone of interventionism, therefore, is the always-false call for help from the people so that the “police” country may intervene in its defense.
In the case of Bolivia, Venezuela y Ecuador, ironically, the voices calling for intervention are those of the powerful. That is to say: the greatest power ...view middle of the document...
He also charged that: “The result of all of this persecution and of imposing a communist-socialist totalitarian state, revolutionary according to them, of the 21st Century, has resulted in the existence in Bolivia of a great deal of impunity, especially in cases where there has been alleged implications on the part of high ranking authorities, too much corruption in the high spheres of government, and also too much narcotraffic.
When we see that the coca planted illegally in Bolivia exceeds 30,000 hectares, and from the zone where president Evo Morales is the president of the coca growers of the six federations of the tropics of Cochabamba, he permits the leaf that is not useful for traditional uses to go into the production of cocaine, and that is what brings us great insecurity, great corruption, and a high level of delinquency, and we see day to day that there are so many violent crimes with people dying on the street permanently.”
Apparently, Mr. Nunez knows very little of the history of the people for whom he is trying to invoke invasion or intervention. In my book, “Secrets of the State,” I describe the way in which narcotraffic was introduced in the Chapare of Cochabamba, from the time of the dictatorship of Gen. Banzer, to finance the buying of loyalties. That was done with the knowledge of the DEA and under the command of the CIA, which for political reasons protected the notorious trafficker Roberto Suarez Gomez, and, later, his nephew Jorge Roca Suarez. It was the Right that initiated that “business,” for which was shed a river of blood in an effort to cover it up, including the coup d’etat of Luis Garcia Mesa and Luis Arce Gomez –a historical and bloody period that cost many lives, including that of Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz.
Years later, when anti-narcotic forces planned to take over the largest cocaine factory, one of the U.S. agencies tipped off its narcotrafficking protégé, and that caused the death of the national biologist Noel Kempff Mercado, of the Spanish biologist who accompanied him, of the guide Juan Cochamanidis, and of the pilot of the small plane in which they traveled. This took place during the neoliberal administration of the MNR, headed by Dr. Victor Paz Estenssoro, inaugurated in 1985, in which Santa Cruzans also took part. All of the subsequent governments continued to cover up the situation, until Representative Edmundo Salazar Terceros tried to investigate it and was shot down in a hail of bullets. Mr. Nunez forgot many things that day at the Capitol.
He forgot that the miners who were relocated to...