Evo Morales promises U.S. 'second Vietnam' in case of aggression

HAVANA, December 15 (RIA Novosti) - Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, has promised Washington 'second Vietnam' in case of the United States' military aggression in Latin America.

Speaking at the summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA) in Havana, Morales denounced U.S. plans to dispatch its troops at military bases in Colombia and said that in case the U.S. threaten to attack "Latin America will rise and turn for the U.S. into second Vietnam."

The 10-year deal signed between the United States and Colombia on October 30 during a brief closed-door ceremony in Bogota envisions the deployment of some 800 U.S. military personnel and 600 civilian contractors at seven military bases in Colombia.

"Latin America will react to any kind of aggression," Morales said adding that a regional referendum must be held to determine how Latin American peoples treat the U.S. plans for military bases in the region.

Last week, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez called on his country to prepare for a possible war over the deal, saying that a U.S. base is located just 20 minutes away from the capital of the country, Caracas.

ALBA was founded by former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez in 2005 and now comprises nine members - Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda.

Diplomatic relations between Bolivia and the United States have been strained since Morales took office in 2006. Last September, Morales expelled the U.S. ambassador, declaring him persona non grata for allegedly assisting separatists.

2 comments:

The Scarlet Pimpernel said...

With all due respect, the US is currently working on at least its third Viet Nam since the fall of Saigon. Let's see, there is Iraq which is still ungovernable by our transplanted democracy. Then of course there is Afghanistan which promises to make Viet Nam look like child's play. The blood orgy there will make the US bleed its children and in all likelihood lead to a resumption of the draft. And then there is the US longest war in modern history, the undeclared but very real war against Cuba.
Gosh, Bolivia has much of the same geographic features as Afghanistan. I suppose that makes it a high value target for the US Military Industrial Complex

Anonymous said...

Scarlet you need to understand that any amount of bloodshed is justified for the purpose of opening up the entire world to international corporate dominance.What,do you really believe that the lives of our soldiers,the lives and livlihoods of the civillians in the countries that have yet to submit to corporate rule are more inportant than corporate profits ? Do you not understand that in the absence of international corporate capitalism the flourishing of democracy is a threat to the power of the corporate elite ? Do you really think that the common people of any country can effectivly govern themselves ! My God, do you realize that if the common,unwealthy people of the world are allowed to much say in their own affairs we could end up with a world in which freedom was not conditional upon the amount of capital an individual possesses ! What the hell is wrong with you !?

james G.