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Closing Ranks Against the United States
Sunday, 28 October 2007 11:03
by Rosemarie Jackowski

Encirclement has begun. Encirclement is the policy of singling out a nation that has become a major international problem. The US has been a Rogue State for years. William Blum author/historian and former member of the US State Department titled one of his books, Rogue State. Experts have predicted that the US bombing of Iraq back in 1991 would eventually lead to the encirclement of the US. Encirclement is comparable to shunning - the shunning of a nation.

Chalmers Johnson reports that the US has 700+ bases in 130 foreign countries. Most of these bases were granted "permission" by the leaders of the sovereign nations to locate within their borders. Dirty deals were worked out with the foreign leaders, usually at the expense of the native population. When backroom diplomacy fails, bullying and bribery usually succeed.

The case of Diego Garcia is different. It is even more damning. The US, with the collusion of Great Britain, emptied the island of the people who had lived there for generations. The US has never paid fair compensation to the Chaggosian people who have been locked in a legal battle for justice for years. The expulsion of the native population by the US was an obvious case of genocide. The people who were living on Diego Garcia were forcibly expelled by the US military. When they refused to leave, US personnel killed the pets of the native population. The message was clear - either leave or you will be the next in the gun sights.

The message has been heard around the world - what the US wants, the US gets. It has just been a matter of time before the victims of US expansionism would begin to fight back. The most recent hero to stand against the US is Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.

"NAPLES (Reuters) - Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa said Washington must let him open a military base in Miami if the United States wants to keep using an air base on Ecuador's Pacific coast.

Correa has refused to renew Washington's lease on the Manta air base, set to expire in 2009. U.S. officials say it is vital for counter-narcotics surveillance operations on Pacific drug-running routes.

"We'll renew the base on one condition: that they let us put a base in Miami -- an Ecuadorean base," Correa said in an interview during a trip to Italy.

"If there's no problem having foreign soldiers on a country's soil, surely they'll let us have an Ecuadorean base in the United States."
The political will of the citizens of the US has been paralyzed by propaganda and a false sense of patriotism. If the rest of the world wants to be saved from US expansionism, outside intervention will be required. How many others will step up and close ranks with President Rafael Correa?

ROSEMARIE JACKOWSKI dissent@sover.net
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