COLOMBIA-ECUADOR: This Time USA Cut Down to Size

Posted on March 18, 2008


It’s been a breathless couple of weeks since Uribe and his murderous Colombian army bombed a FARC camp inside Ecuador. When the Colombian soldiers arrived at the camp site, they finished off those wounded and lured others to surrender so they could be killed on sight.

So what came out of it all? Thanks to Granma International, we get an intelligent summary. This time USA cut down to size.

ECUADOR-COLOMBIA
This time USA cut down to size

BY NIDIA DIAZ—Special for Granma International—

THE 20th Meeting of the Río Group, in a sovereign and honorable manner, has closed the way – at least for now – to the prospect of a military escalation in the region, thus demonstrating the maturity of a continent to seal commitments among equals without intervention or foreign interference.

In an unanimous form in the Santo Domingo meeting, the Latin American nations covered in its entire dimension and magnitude the conflict generated by Colombia’s violent and illicit military incursion into Ecuadorian territory, during which Raúl Reyes, a leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and a further 20 guerrillas were massacred. If it had been accepted, the precedent thus created would have had unpredictable consequences not just for Latin America and the Caribbean, but for the whole world.

The Declaration signed after three long hours of discussion and detailed accounts from both sides, unequivocally rejected the violation of Ecuador’s territorial integrity and laid the bases for any action of this nature not being repeated. At the same time, as requested by the nation under attack, President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia apologized to the Ecuadorian people and authorities and committed himself not to allow such acts to happen again.

As Fidel said, there is no doubt that the main loser in these tense and explosive days was the U.S. government, which is stimulating warfare as a means of generating conflict in a region whose desire for peace in order to emerge from the neoliberal stage that did so much damage to our peoples and to construct an integration that, beyond political and ideological positions, would be of benefit to all.

After the Final Declaration containing principles that cannot be violated or attacked was signed in the Dominican capital, other actions taken such as the breaking off of diplomatic relations with Colombia on the part of Ecuador, Venezuela and Nicaragua were declared null and void. President Alvaro Uribe likewise discounted taking President Hugo Chávez before the International Criminal Court in The Hague for allegedly funding and sponsoring terrorist groups, as he had previously announced. However, the OAS agreement via which the secretary general of the organization will be responsible for creating a commission to visit Ecuador and Colombia and tour the locations of the act remains as it is. The report of its observations will be raised at the Foreign Ministers Consultation Meeting to propose formulas for a definitive rapprochement between the two nations.

In assessing the regional support unconditionally given to President Rafael Correa, it is elemental to conclude that south of the Rio Grande the ties that unite us are greater than those that separate us and, given that truth, no effort should be spared to build, together and in peace, the road toward the future.

ESSENCE OF THE PROBLEM: ATTACKING LATIN AMERICAN INTEGRATION

It is worthwhile recalling a fact that a number of observers have drawn attention to in recent years, fundamentally starting with the consolidation of the Bolivarian process in Venezuela, accompanied by actions of liberation and social justice being undertaken by other Latin American and Caribbean governments.

As those processes develop and become more profound, it is logical to expect that the Bush regime and its allies, in complicity with national oligarchies, latifundistas, wealthy traders and other exploitative sectors, would initially painstakingly seek a subtle and masked form of action and, in the case of failing, overt actions, striking, one by one or conjointly, democratic and transformative processes advancing in the region.

It was equally obvious that the Bush administration would exert pressure on its closest allies and, above all, on Latin American governments most compromised with Washington “aid” or with more precarious internal situations, so as to utilize them in some way in its sinister plans to liquidate those experiences, both at national level and – above all – on a continental scale.

President Correa was not being gratuitous when he correctly stated that what is at stake is not a simple bilateral confrontation of two countries sharing a border. Hence his description of the incident as “a regional problem,” in which it is evident that the Bush regime is using the compromised government as a launching point against its neighbors.

Nor it is by chance that, in this case, that assaulted neighbor was Ecuador, where President Correa and his Alianza País, with overwhelming public support, is implementing sovereign measures of a nationalizing nature, declaring his anti-neoliberal intentions and the re-founding of the nation via a new constitution, while announcing his support for Latin American integration and friendship and cooperation with neighboring countries like Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Nicaragua and Panama, to list just a few.

Latin American integration needs peace in order to advance in the economic and social sectors, even if it is the case that it involves the coexistence of countries with different political systems that, nevertheless, can enjoy mutual cooperation and respect.

The United States knows this and is attempting to hinder and sabotage that atmosphere of peace by fomenting rivalries and mistrust among sister nations, following the old Machiavellian principle of divide and rule, which will allow it to impose on the region its imperial will of exploitation, humiliation and plunder.

Here is the essence of the aggression against Ecuador on the margin of other current factors: dealing a blow to Latin American integration.

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