This is a video from Ecuador about the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR THE ABOLITION OF FOREIGN MILITARY BASES; QUITO & MANTA, ECUADOR; MARCH 5 – 9, 2007; with as its soundtrack an Ecuadorian song against the US Manta base.
Ecuadorian lawmakers have approved a constitutional change that would outlaw foreign military bases on its soil.
The approval throws into doubt the future of a key US base in the South American country.
The US has its only South American base in the town of Manta but its 10-year lease is up for renewal next year.
The lawmakers’ decision, if given final approval in a public vote, could signal the end of joint Ecuadorean and US efforts to fight drug cartels.
If the US Bush’s administration real motivation for the Manta base would really be to fight drug cartels: then why they don’t they use it to fight Colombian President Uribe, a major kingpin in the drug cartels according to United States governmental data? In fact, however, the US military use Manta base to help Uribe violate the sovereignty of Ecudor by killing people on its territory.
“Ecuador is a land of peace; foreign military bases or foreign installations with military purpose will not be allowed,” read the amendment approved by the assembly, which is controlled by President Rafael Correa‘s Alianza Pais party.
The air base at Manta has great strategic value for the US military.
American officials say surveillance flights from Manta have led to more than half the illegal drug seizures in the region.
The coastal town also doubles up as a strategic look-out post for US forces monitoring warships heading north from the Middle East and Asia.
But Ecuador’s left-wing president Rafael Correa, a political ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, has said he would rather “cut off his arm” than allow the Americans to stay on at Manta.
The move to ban foreign bases in Ecuador was first proposed by the country’s constituent assembly last month.
It is one of several constitutional changes to be put to a national vote later in the year.
The dispute over the base comes during a period of strained relations between Ecuador and its neighbour Colombia – the US’s closest ally in the region.
US Navy resurrects Fourth Fleet to police Latin America: here.
John Lindsay-Poland, New America Media: “Under the auspices of the drug war, the United States is returning to its historical pattern of using Central America and the Caribbean for its own military and strategic purposes. Even as a growing chorus of voices throughout Latin America argue that military responses to drug trafficking are ineffective against the narcotics trade and exacerbate existing human rights abuses and official corruption, the U.S. military presence in the region is growing”: here.