"I want to publicly tell ... that they cannot authorize the DEA to fly over Bolivian territory," Morales was quoted by state news agency ABI as saying Thursday.
Good for Evo! The less U.S. meddling, the better. And that cocaine problem? I don't believe that it's a Bolivian problem as much as it is a U.S. problem. Cut the demand, and the supply will go down. Ah, but I'm a radical. I believe in peace, self-determination, equal rights--you know, the stuff that the U.S. was once supposed to stand for (although it never did).
And according to Christian World News (yeah, I know, but wait for it), "Bolivia's Missionaries Forced to Leave":
"They are trying to bring new laws, like homosexual marriages, abortion. Trying to say that family is not important and some others," [Dr. Timoteo Sanchez] said. "So we see that this is a terrible time and there is a lot of confusion on our churches."
One reason North American missionaries are feeling threatened is because they've been promoting Christian values in Bolivia for decades.
Anyone who has ever been to Latin America, and especially Bolivia, knows how deeply anti-Christian the people are here. It's neigh impossible to find a church in any town of any size. Evengelical churches are nonexistent. I believe President Evo Raul Fidel Chavez will make a presidential decree any day now banning religion. Next on his list: love. It's terrible here. (But come on down, my queer friends! It appears that Bolivia is evolving faster than the U.S., if you can believe a word in this article.)
Read that article carefully, and you'll find out that no one is really forcing the missionaries out. They're leaving on their own, after the U.S. State Department's absurd warnings and own evacuation of embassy personnel.
And finally, the best anti-Morales mural I've seen yet, found in Samaipata (which, although they are pro-autonomy here, I have to say is a groovy little town).