Recent events have been rather revealing about true international allegiances. More in degree than surprise but it has still been instructive. Britain is a poodle to the US, that is a given but to the rank of lickspittle can now be revealed France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Their reaction to the suggestion, source still unknown, that Edward Snowden was on Bolivian President Evo Morales’s plane was not questioning or thinking about the international niceties. Instead they acted to deny their airspace and demanded the right to search the presidental plane.
To the rank of independent entity must go Austria, though they didn’t have much choice.
The real surprise was France, so long not in Nato, with it’s properly independent nuclear deterrent (unlike Britain’s). They have since apologised and been shamefaced about it, suggesting they acted in haste and our now repenting at leisure.
We also now know that the outrage about US spying from France and Germany was not sincere and purely for public consumption to avoid angry citizens turning on their own governments.
So now we turn to Latin America and we see the countries that joined with Bolivia in support and condemnation of Europe and America: Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina and Uruguay.
But who stayed away? Colombia, Chile and Peru. US Lickspittle status for those states then.
Cuba has now offered it’s support for Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua at least suggesting Snowden transiting in Havana might not be a problem.
So it’s cack-handed and kneejerk interference in Evo Morales’s plane based on some obviously wrong intelligence has resulted in a weakening of US influence in Latin America and could yet see Edward Snowden in safety. I call that an own goal.