This is an act of war:
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, the country's foreign minister said.Morales should immediately sever all Bolivian diplomatic relations with the U.S., France, Portugal, and Italy (which has also denied transit of their airspace).
This is a whole different kettle of fish than simply strong arming Correa in Ecuador, and goes well beyond the Snowden debacle. This has N.O.T.H.I.N.G. to do w/Snowden but has E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. to do with sovereign rights of one country's head of state to traverse another country's airspace unimpeded. It's unprecedented.
I am gobsmacked by the response of this community.
One country simply does not deny airspace rights to a flight carrying the leader of another country. I don't give a shit who or what is onboard the flight.
This is unacceptable in the extreme.
But this is, sadly, also what this country (and don't think the U.S. wasn't strong arming France and Portugal and Italy) has come to. It's been a long time since I've been this disturbed about the executive power in America.