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'Imperial Nations' Make Mockery of International Law (El Nuevo Diario, Nicaragua)


"Among these countries are Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and of course, the North American empire of the United States. ... The imperial nations, which consider themselves exempt from international law, knew full well that Evo Morales was on that plane, and knowingly took these actions hoping tragedy would occur, i.e.: the plane would go down and the leader of Bolivia would perish. The event was undoubtedly a criminal act with malice aforethought, with the clear intention of assassinating a Latin American head of state."


By Valentín Barahona Mejía*


Translated By Halszka Czarnocka


July 13, 2013


Nicaragua - El Nuevo Diario - Original Article (Spanish)

Bolivia President Evo Morales after his plane, outbound from Russia, was forced to land in Vienna. A number of countries refused to allow it to fly through their air space when suspicions arouse that Edward Snowden might be on board. His treatment has enraged Latin America.

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Imperialist nations, old and new, have a sad history of plundering, genocide and domination at the expense of the peoples of the third world. Such nations often utter fine words, posing as examples of respect for international law.


Among these countries are Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and of course, the North American empire of the United States. For years, these countries have held themselves out as exemplars of respect for human rights. Representatives of those countries travel the entire world giving speeches and lecturing poor countries about tailoring their behavior in line with the various international conventions that regulate the conduct of nations.


However, the fiery speeches imperial nations deliver at the U.N. General Assembly every year in which they exhort their audiences to respect international law are nothing but empty words. The message of submission to international legal norms such as working for peace, preferring dialog for resolving conflict, non-intervention in other affairs of other nations, respect for the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council and verdicts of the International Court of Justice - none of this ranting applies to them, because empires don't recognize laws other than those based on their own hegemonic interests.


Recent history has given us clear examples of how empires trample international law, disregard Security Council resolutions, don't comply with the verdicts of the International Court of Justice, do not promote peace, incite war and directly or covertly intervene in the affairs of other peoples.


In the 1980s, when it was ordered to pay damages to Nicaragua for executing terrorist acts against it, the United States refused to submit to the judgment. Security Council resolutions concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not complied with. The U.N. Security Council was similarly disregarded when the U.S. unilaterally invading Iraq. NATO, the military shield of empire, played a major role toppling the government of Libya. In Syria as well, the clumsy hands of the Europeans and U.S. are also felt - but they haven't ventured further because they know that Mainland China and Russia stand against them. And in 1982, the United Kingdom sent its military machine to the southern cone of the Americas to take the Malvinas by force.


The most recent scandal involving the violation of International Law and the Vienna Conventions implicated Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and the United States, when the Europeans, acting at the directive of the U.S. empire, decided to forbid the passage of an aircraft carrying the president of Bolivia. President Evo Morales was returning from a meeting with his counterpart in Moscow, and his plane was forbidden to land for re-fueling. This violation of diplomatic immunity, which is due every dignitary, endangered the leader of the Bolivian government and the crew of his aircraft. Indeed, if its fuel has become exhausted, an assassination would certainly have occurred.

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The imperial nations, which consider themselves exempt from international law, knew full well that Evo Morales was on that plane, and knowingly took these actions hoping tragedy would occur, i.e.: the plane would go down and the leader of Bolivia would perish. The event was undoubtedly a criminal act with malice aforethought, with the clear intention of assassinating a Latin American head of state.


This shameful and immoral precedent should by no means go unpunished. Latin American nations must rise like one to demand and require not just insipid apologies (France has already issued one) from the countries that violated international law, but the case should be brought before all international fora (O.A.S, U.N.) to demand strong sanctions: economic, diplomatic, and of all kinds, against the delinquent nations, in order to redress the damage suffered, not only by the Bolivian people, but by all the peoples of our Latin America. Let the punishment and sanctions serve as an example so that in future, no one dares so flagrantly violate international law.


*Valentín Barahona Mejía is a lawyer and notary


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