Published: Monday, August 22, 2005
Bylined to: Bob Chapman
All US military leave has been cancelled ... something big is in the
THE INTERNATIONAL FORECASTER editor Bob Chapman writes: The US military is
building a new base and conducting secretive operations in Paraguay ... our
Embassy there refuses to acknowledge a base exists and describes the
military activity as routine.
The base is in Mariscal Estigarribia, 200 km (127 miles) from the Bolivian
border and will handle large aircraft and accommodate 16,000 troops.
There are now 500 of our troops there with planes, weapons, equipment and
ammunition. Either before, during, or after the coming presidential election
we expect the US to intervene or better put, invade Bolivia to control its
natural gas reserves.
Paraguay has approved of the troops being there and given them total
immunity, free from Paraguayan law and the jurisdiction of the International
Criminal Court. George and the neocons have threatened to withdraw $24.5
million in aid to Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Paraguay if they didnít grant
immunity to the US military.
You cannot believe a word Washington says about the base being a
humanitarian undertaking, when they are struggling to fill the ranks in
Why would they be on a humanitarian mission in Paraguay?
They said the same thing in Manta, Ecuador, which houses an $80 million US
military base. The US is preparing for war in South America -- make no
mistake about it.
In Bolivia if Evo Morales, or someone like him is elected, then you can
expect a US invasion.
Paraguay, bordered by Brazil and Argentina is one of the wildest places on
earth. This is a very aggressive move by the US and all South American
governments should be very concerned. George Bush and the neocons are using
international terrorism as an excuse to appropriate natural resources and
subject people to their brand of democracy, which is corporatist fascism.
All military leaves for September and October have been cancelled ...
something big is in the works ... there is a buildup of material and
equipment ... personnel at draft board offices are waiting for the word to