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Ecuador calls for non-US OAS
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, March 09, 2008

We could call it the "Oranization of Some American States" or OSAS:
Ecuador's Pres. Correa asks Latin nations to form a new organization of American states without US to eliminate its regional interference.

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said Latin America needs to establish an organization of American states (OAS) which is only comprised of the Latin American countries, reported Xinhua.

He said the United States exerted the pressure on presidents of many Latin American countries when they expressed concerns over the diplomatic crisis involving Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

He said US interference made the OAS solve the crisis slowly, saying that it took the Rio Group summit "just one day to resolve the crisis, and look how long the OAS is going to take."
Of course it's sort of handy that the Rio Group summit was previously scheduled and just happened to coincide with the Ecuadorian/Colombian border flap.

There's no question that the US attempts to exert influence over other countries. But, as we watch Hugo Chavez operate, it's clear the US isn't the only country attempting to do so (Hugo does it with suitcases of money). In fact, they call that game "diplomacy".

This call by Ecuador, however, is really about leftist governments of Latin America attempting to exclude the US from OAS proceedings with an eye toward dominating them. They simply can't do that with the US involved as it has been able to frustrate their efforts at will. I doubt the OAS will go as far as exclude the US, but it wouldn't surprise me if this was the opening salvo in an effort to bring a parallel organization on line, put together by the likes of Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Ecuador, to eventually supplant the OAS if possible.
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This call by Ecuador, however, is really about leftist governments of Latin America attempting to exclude the US from OAS proceedings with an eye toward dominating them.
Any coalition of American states that tries to exclude the US of North America is destined to be either a debating club, or a circle jerk of US hatred. What Ecuador’s Pres. Correa is suggesting is the later, and its likely members will chose to tread the path Hugo Chavez has chosen to embark upon. Which sounds great to an ’Obama worshiping’ populace, but not very realistic.

I think this new organization ought to be headquartered in NY - the thirteenth floor of the new World Trade Center.
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I think even more pertinent to the "solution" of this ’crisis’ was not the proximity of the Rio Group meeting, but the fact that the "crisis" consisted almost entirely of Chavez making threats and Correa defending a criminal organization.

Also, since the Rio Group consists of almost all the countries in Central and South America, but not the Guianas, Canada, and the US, why does Correa think he needs a new organization? My guess is that the existing Grupo del Rio is not anti-American enough for his taste.
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