ITWASSOOTED: "Once the United States arrives, it takes a long time to leave.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

"Once the United States arrives, it takes a long time to leave.

Fears mount as US opens new military installation in Paraguay

by Benjamin Dangl, Excalibur [York University]

Oct. 5, 2005

Controversy is raging in Paraguay, where the US military is conducting secretive operations. Five hundred US troops arrived in the country on Jul. 1, 2005 with planes, weapons and ammunition. Eyewitness reports prove that an airbase exists in Mariscal Estigarribia, Paraguay, which is 200 kilometers from its border with Bolivia and may be utilized by the US military. Officials in Paraguay claim the military operations are routine humanitarian efforts and deny that any plans are underway for a US base. Yet human rights groups in the area are deeply worried. White House officials are using rhetoric about terrorist threats in the tri-border region (where Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina meet) in order to build their case for military operations, which are in many ways reminiscent of the build up to the invasion of Iraq.

The tri-border area is home to the Guarani Aquifer, one of the world's largest reserves of water. Near the Estigarribia airbase are Bolivia's natural gas reserves, the second largest in Latin America. Political analysts believe US operations in Paraguay are part of a preventative war to control these natural resources and suppress social uprisings in Bolivia.

Argentinian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel commented on the situation in Paraguay and warned, "Once the United States arrives, it takes a long time to leave. And that really frightens me."

natural gas ? I'm doubting it there is natural gas up everybody's yinyang already. The aquifer, that I'd believe if an Enron or vivendi type operation was located there and needs protection. Its probably a drug running operation arms protection racket disguised as a planned military exercise
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