Is Bolivian President Evo Morales' outrage over his flight being impeded, and the potential American political pressure involved, justified?

Asked by: Bannanawamajama
  • It was a violation of his traveling and government

    There was no justification to deny the flight passage. The nations in question had no explicit proof Snowden was on board, and acted only on suspicion. This is only an example of paranoia. The flight was stranded in Austria for thirteen hours. The plane was searched without permission. There was a denied request for fuel, even. This overstepped the boundaries of any reasonable actions.

  • Act of war, anyone?

    This is the head of state of a foreign government. What self respecting government acts this way? Dirty, dirty pool, old chap. It's like the U.S. Is on a drinking binge. Hopefully we'll pass out soon and wake up tomorrow with a hangover and no memory of what we've been up to of late. Meanwhile, we should probably go outside and wait for a cab to take us home.

  • It violated International Law

    America of course has the right to seek out Edward Snowden for his crimes against the US. Regardless of whether or not you respect Snowden or his actions, it was a direct act of espionage against the American government, and he knows this. However, this does not automatically grant America jurisdiction to extend their reach internationally in his pursuit. Morales is the head of state for Bolivia, and as such he has the right of passage back to his country, especially when suspicion of Snowden hiding on his plane was unfounded speculation. There was no adequate reason for him to be held up or delayed purely on the chance that the US could apprehend a fugitive who had left the region of American authority.

  • Long Arm Reach

    The US government will pay for their world wide strong arm tactics in the political, military, and international banking realm. The executive branch will implode within and the people of the Union States Project will have the lawful government in place starting at the Articles of Confederation. Matk my words.

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AnonyFeline says2013-07-08T08:02:52.260
If any other head of state in the world were to have been detained in a similar fashion, it would be difficult to imagine that their reaction would be anything less than outrage. What if it were David Cameron, Vladamir Putin, or Ma Ying-Jeou (China) who were detained? What if it were Obama? Would it even be possible? Most probably not. Is there an economic third world status element in the treatment of this particular head of state? It is almost certain that the actions against the Bolivian president have been a throwback to the diplomatic relationship between the United States and all of South and Central America, as well as an embarrassment to America in the eyes of the rest of the world. Was there any real evidence that he was harboring a political refugee? Was he even asked? Properly? This treatment lacked the respect and elevated standards of civilized societies as models of justice to the rest of the developing world and tarnishes the credibility of all those involved in the fiasco. Whether or not a suspected criminal or political refugee was on board, it is of utmost importance that a mutually agreed process is followed for his return to face a proper trial, or his escape allowed through asylum. It would have been infinitely more beneficial to give Morales the benefit of the doubt. If the asylum seeker were to have been discovered to be in his country, then due process should again be exercised for his extradition. Work with them instead of against them.