I am particularly happy to see that Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff supported the decision and did not cave in to Anglo pressures.
Of course, a similar decision by UNASUR would have been even better, but with US puppet-regimes like the one in Colombia this was not possible.
I would be curious to find out what Ecuador, Nicaragua and Cuba will do, if anything. I would hope that they would also follow the example of MERCOSUR, especially since this is a totally symbolic measure which, on a "diplomatic scale of irritation" is maybe a modest 5 (out of 10), meaning "we are angry, but we will let our anger fizzle out pretty soon". This is somewhere between "summoning an ambassador" (3/10) and expelling an ambassador (8/10). Topping such a scale is "closing down an embassy" (9/10) or, even better, "closing down the US embassy" (10/10). Still, recalling ambassadors as a block is a good show of solidarity and probably the most Rouseff would have agreed to.
|Mitterrand and Macros|
I can personally attest to the fact that in the 1970s and 1980s France really enjoyed not only the image of a popular country with many cultural ties to Latin American, but even a certain authority, as a country which had a tradition of caring for human rights.
|Debray with the Che|
|Hollande and Obama|
More importantly, this incident also shows that there is no such thing as a "US ally". One is either a US puppet or an enemy of the United States. Washington simply cannot accept that a so-called "ally" would not immediately execute any order given from the White House. Finally, this will only further convince the people of Latin America that the Anglo Empire is racist and that, silly as this may sound to a normal person, a soft-spoken and gentle Indian head of state like Morales simply gets no respect at all from the big and mighty Anglos. All this is, of course, very good news as it further polarizes the political choices for Latin America while making the very notion of being a "US ally" look nauseating.
|Snowden in Sheremetevo|
Still, in terms of life and career, Snowden would be far better off in Russia, where he would be safe from CIA goons, where he could probably easily find a good job in the IT industry, and where he could enjoy all the advantages of living in a huge but safe country. Ain't much of an IT industry in Cuba or Ecuador, and all the countries which offered asylum Snowden are pretty small, at least if compared to the USA. Anyway, that is his choice to make now, but at least he can make it calmly and safely. I wish him well.