Indebted to Bolivia and her wonderful people
I am trying to change my government's destructive policies toward a nation and people I have come to love and respect. Please allow me to explain.
Five years ago, my wife and I came to Bolivia for the first time at the urging of our then Rotarian-exchange-student-daughter. We were treated with the utmost respect, consideration and kindness by people who I now understand, had more reason to stone us to death (for what my country ((USA)) had done/is doing to Bolivia) than to educate, care-for or feed us (which seemingly everyone we met unselfishly did).
Most important (retrospectively) was their attempt to educate me about a nation I knew little about. Embarrassingly, it was my own.
We were there a month before before our 'shock and awe' bombardment and invasion/occupation of Iraq--supposedly in retaliation for 9-11 (a lie), or Saddam Hussein's support of terrorists responsible for 9-11 (another lie), or the risk he presented to my country for his supposed possession of WMD (yet another lie) or any of a succession of additional lies. At the time, I am embarrassed to say, I still believed Colin Powell, and the rest of the lies.
The Bolivians I met, presented me with alternative views of the world that I tried to refute upon my return to the USA, but instead I found out that they were right, and it was I who was terribly wrong. As a result, I am indebted to the wonderful people of Bolivia for their kindly education of a loco stupido gringo.
To try to return the kindness I am trying to focus a spotlight on my nation's efforts to divide Bolivia which are now being carried out by the same US ambassador who was previously successful in dividing Yugoslavia--with my hope that Bolivia will remain whole--for all Bolivians, and not just the elite.
Thank you, Bolivia. Viva Bolivia--for all Bolivians!
PS: @Sharon--when you state "This is the Bolivia I saw. Strength to do what can not be done, hope when thereâ€™s nothing left to believe in. People that give of the very thing they lack" you so very eloquently describe the same Bolivia which has stolen my heart.