geopolitics

In 2013 the plane with Evo Morales was transporting the political leader from Russia home to Bolivia, and it was forced to land in Austria to search the plane for Edward Snowden. Dear kind readers: Even if you miss this story you might remember Edward Snowden stuck in the International section of a Moscow airport. Snowden’s entry to Russia was delayed weeks, so he waited in the airport . . . not a hotel . . a section similar to where we all wait for planes, but Edward had become famous disclosing US secrets, and he had no country to take him. Sincerely, Tom Doody. The US, my country, through its ally, Austria, forced Evo’s plane to land for the purpose of searching for Edward Snowden. The search found no Snowden, and now eight years later Snowden remains in Russia with refugee status. Evo’s plane was blocked from passing over Austria with commands to its pilot and military jets as a visible consequence for a failure to obey. This story is Similar to the recent forced landing in Belarus to get a dissident of the Belarus government. Russia and its allies were on one side of the Morales thing with the US and its allies on the other side. Recently Russia and its allies are on the flip side of this very similar story. Geopolitics are complicated with humans, egos, and relationships behind the complications.

About Tom Doody

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel
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