Sunday, November 2, 2008

Mouth of the South

President Evo Morales yesterday announced the end of operations of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration personnel in Bolivia. He accused them of aiding groups opposed to his government. See this New York Times article for details.

Mordant humor suggests that he is unsuccessfully competing with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez for the title "Mouth of the South." As the weeks go by, I see less reason to view Morales as different from a Colombian or Mexican drug lord.

U.S. tourists or NGO staff should avoid Bolivia in the near future. There is real chance of civil war between Morales' highland Indios and the more European people of the eastern lowlands.