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South vs. North: Snowden's Place in History is Assured (Izvestia, Russia)


"Snowden is a catalyst for changes that have been smoldering below the surface for many years. The gaping chasm between north and south of the Western Hemisphere has long existed. But now at the very bottom of that fault line - a nuclear bomb has gone off.  ... Snowden himself is not a politician, not a statesman, but a hacker who worked for the intelligence services. However, the course of history has been altered by less substantial figures."


By Kirill Benediktov



Translated By John Amor


July 11, 2013


Russia - Izvestia - Original Article (Russian)

However the story of fugitive NSA employee Edward Snowden ends, his place in history is secured.


The young programmer, who has gone over to the "light side of the Force," sitting (presumably) in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, has sparked several diplomatic scandals and seriously complicated the lives of people in foreign ministries in dozens of countries. This will not be soon forgotten.


It has been almost three weeks in which Snowden has been in limbo: The U.S. demanded he be extradited, and one country after another in which he sought extradition has turned him down. Then out of nowhere, three countries - Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia - declared they are prepared to shelter the fugitive.


The fact that Latin America is the area to hold out a helping hand to Snowden is no surprise. The region, habitually considered the "backyard" of the powerful United States, has been growing in strength and becoming a player in its own right on the infamous "grand chessboard." The region is far from homogeneous, but generally speaking, it can be said that there is a shared dislike for its wealthy northern neighbor. The contemptuous word "gringo," which darker-skinned inhabitants of Central and South America use to refer to Whites, was originally a nickname for American sailors. There is a general perception that for the U.S., Latin America is something like the "near-abroad" is to Russia. A long life in the shadow of a mighty state is not conducive to sincere and ardent love. Conversely, it is easier to love from a distance - hence the European Community countries unanimously denied Snowden asylum, caving in to their senior partner. Meanwhile, three Latin American presidents - Nicolás Maduro, Daniel Ortega and Evo Morales - didn't shrink from throwing down the gauntlet to Washington.


Here of course, we need to bear in mind that two of these men have personal scores to settle with the United States. Ortega was leader of the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, who fought the dictator Somoza, the son of the same Somoza whom Roosevelt referred to when he said, "Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch." The U.S. long bankrolled Ortega's enemies the "Contras" (remember the "Iran-Contra" scandal that cost Reagan a good third of his team), and supported Violeta Chamorro in unseating him from the presidency.


Evo Morales - an Aymara Indian - has been accused by Washington of protecting drug dealers (Morales meanwhile maintains that "coca is not a drug," and consequently has resisted U.S. demands that his government eradicate cultivation of the plant in Bolivia).


Perhaps the least of these grudges is held by Nicolás Maduro (although he was once subjected to a humiliating detention at John F. Kennedy Airport), but he is the successor to Hugo Chavez, and will inevitably be compared to his great predecessor. Would Chavez have given shelter to Snowden? Absolutely. Maduro aims to measure up to him, stating: "Latin America is a humanitarian territory, and it is growing by the day. This is probably the only humanitarian or political asylum in history that has been offered collectively ... asylum in countries ... which are saying to this young man, 'you are being persecuted by the Empire, come and live here.'"


There has been a complete breakdown of stereotypes. The United States won the Cold War because it was (or seemed to be) the ideal of freedom - a shining city on a hill. However, the naive counter-arguments of communist propagandists ("but they lynch Black people!") smashed the invisible armor of this imaginary freedom to smithereens. The symbol of that America was Easy Rider - a movie of the endless road and highways as straight as an arrow, along which powerful Harleys rode into the sunset. But to the south of this citadel of freedom lay the land of dictatorships, the preserve of murderous juntas, kingdoms of "black colonels" who were occasionally toppled by agents of the empire of light (a staple of Hollywood blockbusters). But that was yesterday.


Today this 'humanitarian territory' opposes the Empire. It is South against North - Liberty vs. total control.


Once European countries closed their airspace to the plane of the Bolivian president (someone told the Americans that Snowden had been secreted aboard the plane from Moscow, so every available lever had been pressed), and the Austrians held Morales at Vienna airport for over twelve hours, Latin America exploded. The vice president of Bolivia said, "Morales was hijacked by imperialism," and that the honor of Latin America had been desecrated by the Europeans. Morales himself demanded an apology from the European countries (some apologized, some didn't) and promised to close the U.S. embassy in Bolivia. Ecuador President Rafael Correa threatened to recall his ambassadors from the U.S. and countries that had blocked Morales. Even the quite loyal president of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, called the actions of the Europeans an "intolerable subterfuge." On July 5, 12 Latin American presidents gathered for an emergency summit of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and expressed their indignation at the incident involving Morales' plane, demanding that the European states disclose the details of what occurred.


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Snowden is a catalyst for changes that have been smoldering below the surface for many years. The gaping chasm between north and south of the Western Hemisphere has long existed. But now at the very bottom of that fault line - a nuclear bomb has gone off. The confrontation between the ideologically left-leaning South and the imperialist North has become all the more visible and acute.

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The U.S. has already threatened Latin American countries prepared to offer Snowden refuge with a loss of trade benefits. "This is serious business," said  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers - and he was absolutely right. The fact is, the attitudes of Anglo Saxons and Latin Americans toward business are different. Morales, for example, is a firm opponent of extending NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) to create the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), seeing this as an instrument of crypto-colonialism by its northern neighbor. The loss of preferential trade benefits will hardly scare Venezuela, which is a huge supplier of oil to the United States. The countries of Latin America may respond by further integrating themselves - and the region's natural resources are virtually inexhaustible. In addition, it is predominantly a Catholic region, which means they can count on help from their influential allies at the Vatican, who under the leadership of the new pope, clearly don't intend to become Washington's "junior partners." And this means that this chasm divides not only the political, but the religious.


Of course, Snowden himself is not a politician, not a statesman, just a hacker who worked for the intelligence services. However, the course of history has been altered by less substantial figures. Gavrilo Princip fired the shot that launched the First World War, and he was just a Serbian schoolboy.


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