Edward Snowden is selling a chance to flip the proverbial bird at the U.S. government. And the potential customers keep lining up.
After hiding out in Hong Kong for a while, Snowden made a break for Moscow, from whence to devise his ultimate escape plan. Several Latin American countries have already indicated that he is welcome to avoid his American pursuers inside their borders.
Why? For what reason would anyone want to shelter a fugitive from the Land of the Free? Aren’t Americans the good guys?
While there’s always the possibility of competition against an old rival, as is Russia’s case, the reasons run far deeper, and are far less comforting for those of us who maintain the illusion that the U.S. is still the global good guy. The sobering truth is, much of the planet is covertly hostile to the world hegemon, and for legitimate reasons. Occupying and “nation-building” other countries, maintaining a significant military presence across most of the world, drone-bombing innocents and then pretending this practice doesn’t exist… the list goes on and on. South America, in particular, has a bone to pick over the drug war, whereby the U.S. insists that Latin America maintain strict drug laws and do war with the cartels that spring up as a result, while America continues to be the biggest market (and therefore funder) for the cartels tearing these countries apart.
When America suffers embarrassment, her enemies rejoice. And judging from the chorus of cheers, her enemies are many.