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Natalia Muñoz: US bullies allies in search for Snowden

To the editor:

What would have happened had any country tried to divert Air Force One, forced it to land in a country outside its route and then have police search the plane?

Hmm.

Edward Snowden’s revelation that the National Security Agency spies on all of us has so disturbed the Obama administration that it bullied allies into getting involved in its dirty work or else pay the consequences in the form of economic sanctions. That’s how otherwise an indifferent Austria came to board the Bolivian presidential plane of Evo Morales on its way back from Russia. That is how the leaders of France, Spain and Italy all cowered to Obama and would not let the plane land in their respective countries for refueling.

Of course, Obama was the first to cower, abandoning his beliefs in favor of repeating tired cynical rhetoric about democracy and freedom — the same he uttered on his recent tour of Africa.

There were protests in Mexico and heated criticism from Latin American leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela about the U.S. meddling with the sovereignty of another nation.

For all its high-tech spying, the U.S. could not find Snowden in the Moscow airport. The U.S. rightly feared retaliation from Russia had it done there what it did to Bolivia’s president.

Even insidious war games have rules. And one of them is to not hijack the plane of a president looking for what Obama disingenuously called a “29-year-old hacker.”

Natalia Muñoz

Northampton

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