by Luis Roberto Zamora Bolaños
29 August 2010
from VolatireNet Website
SouthCom - Control of Latin America
were on hand to greet celebrants at the 2010 Fourth of July picnic organized
by the American Colony
Committee on the grounds of the "Cervecería Costa Rica" in the locality of
Costa Rica is world-renowned for its natural
environment, its political and democratic stability in a region of conflict,
it’s commitment to protecting human rights, and its peaceful and unarmed
neutrality in foreign affairs.
The Constitution prohibited an army and delegated the power to
“monitor and maintain public order” exclusively to civilian police forces.
The country became a leader in promoting human rights and the American
Convention on Human Rights was signed in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1969.
Remarkably, this happened in the midst of a process of destruction of the judicial apparatus that the government of Oscar Arias put into practice, for which Costa Rica has been reported to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights under charges of judicial bias in favor of former President Arias, his families and policies.
The Right to Peace declaration was the result of two cases brought by the author before the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice. The first case challenged the Costa Rican government’s support for the coalition that invaded Iraq in 2003.
In this case, the Court annulled the
support, stating it violated the commitment to neutrality because it was a
unilateral act. It also declared that support for the U.S. invasion violated
the United Nations Charter and contradicted a fundamental principle of “the
Costa Rican identity”, which is peace as a fundamental value. Never before
had the court annulled the support of a government for an invasion.
Positively, the State must promote international peace; negatively,
the State must refrain from authorizing war-related activities, including
entry, production, purchase, sale, storage, import, export, etc., of items,
goods or services made or intended to be used in a war. The Constitutional
Court of Costa Rica issued this decision.
Unfortunately, in today’s world with
today’s politicians and their way of conducting what Plato called “the art
of governing,” drug trafficking has become a convenient “security excuse”
for achieving their own economic or hegemonic imperialist purposes.
This permit that ended in 2009 only allow for Coast Guard patrols and never authorized the entry of the United States military personnel and only covered coast guard missions.
However, the Legislature has now authorized the entry of 12,207 U.S. soldiers and 46 military vessels, 45 armed with artillery.
these are warships similar to the “Oliver Hazard Perry.” The ships carry 180
Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopters in the SH-60 and MH-60 categories designed
primarily for anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, naval special
warfare, combat search and rescue, among others.
These are land attack planes (for supposed sea operations?) that
can carry on board 25 mm. Equalizer GAU-12 machine guns, four 70 mm.
LAU-5003 rocket launchers with a capacity of 19 CRV7 rockets, and six AGM-65
Maverick missiles or two AGM-84 Harpoon or two AGM-88 HARM. These ships may
also carry CDU-100 cluster bombs, Mark 80 unguided bombs, Paveway
laser-guided bombs or Mark 77 napalm bombs.
Two points are important here.
Despite the legal limitations in the country, and despite a constitutional
obligation to invest only civilian police with the duties of monitoring and
enforcing our public order, the submissive legislative assembly - dominated by
the ruling parties - is allowing the U.S. military to play war games on our
sovereign land as if it were a game of chess.
If the U.S. government’s purpose was really to eliminate the drug problem, it would attack the problem where drugs are grown or in countries closer to production.
The “war on drugs” is nothing more than an excuse for ulterior motives.
If there is a battle, the free
soil of this country of peace - a nation with no army and a pledge to
neutrality - will enable and facilitate the return of the Cold War that the
United States so badly needs for its survival.