Guest Post: The West Has Just Become A Giant Banana Republic

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man

The West Has Just Become A Giant Banana Republic

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has made an admirable habit of enraging western governments over the last few years, particularly the United States.

Most notably, his release of classified diplomatic documents in 2010 proved ruthlessly embarrassing, shining a spotlight on the absurd, petty little world of international relations.

Ever since, the US government has done everything it can to stop him. Short of assassination. They shut down his website, but mirror sites instantly popped up. They sought legal action, but their efforts have been impeded by the bureaucratic deftness of his attorneys. They froze his bank accounts… but donations have poured in from all over the world.

Along the way, Uncle Sam co-opted a number of allied nations to set aside their principles for the sake of US interests–Switzerland rolled over immediately and shuttered Assange’s bank accounts.

Australia (his home country) has remained conspicuously silent on the matter, raising not a single word of protest in his defense. One high ranking Aussie politician even publicly suggested that Assange should be killed.

Sweden has happily played along, trumping up dubious allegations about Assange and issuing an international arrest warrant.

And now there’s the UK, where Assange has been based. The British government located and arrested him, yet after his legal team was able to secure bail and delay extradition, Assange sought refuge at the Ecuadoran embassy in London. He’s been living there for two months in violation of his bail.

Assange knows that, if extradited to Sweden, he’ll be shipped off to face the death penalty in the US… so the stakes are clearly high. He even petitioned Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa for political asylum, and just hours ago, Correa agreed.

Swarms of British police have now descended on the Ecuadoran embassy in London. This, on the heels of the British Foreign Ministry issuing a warning letter to Ecuador’s government threatening to “take actions in order to arrest Mr. Assange in the current premises of the [Ecuadoran] embassy.”

Such a move would be appalling, to say the least.

Embassies are hallowed sovereign ground, not to be trespassed. Ever. This is the most sacrosanct, fundamental, inviolable principle of international relations, explicitly codified in both the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961) and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (1963).

Article 27 of the latter, for example, states that “the receiving State [the UK in this case] shall, even in case of armed  conflict, respect and protect the consular premises, together with the property of the consular post and the consular archives.”

International law seems pretty obvious here. Yet British police stand ready to storm the embassy, arrest Assange, and tear down decades of diplomatic precedent.

In a way this is almost poetic. Assange is the man who exposed western diplomacy for the fraud that it is. That he would be sent to his death by an egregious violation of its most fundamental principle seems strangely appropriate.

Regardless, the whole affair is perhaps the foulest example that western governments will ignore their own laws, or selectively apply them, whenever they see fit.

Legal precedent means nothing. Rule of law means nothing. Free speech means nothing. Their own treaties mean nothing. It’s unbelievable. Anyone in the west who honestly thinks he’s still living in a free society is either a fool or completely out of touch.

If that seems too radical an idea, consider that ECUADOR is now the only nation which stands to defend freedom and human rights against an assault from the United States, the United Kingdom, and their spineless allies.

The west has just become a giant banana republic. Have you hit your breaking point yet? If not now… when?

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reader2010's picture

Wait a minute. I thought Ecuador has long been co-managed by the State Dept and CIA.

ghengis86's picture

And I thought it was impossible that Simon could get through an entire article without recommending a 1,000 acre ranch in Bolivia, storing 1,000 oz of gold in Hong Kong or inviting 1,000 douchers to Slovakia for expensive food in small portions.

Learn something new everyday I guess. Then again, broken clocks and what not...

Dr. Engali's picture

Yeah I know. I actually read the whole thing before I realized it was him. He was trolling around during his last couple posts and people were beating him up pretty bad about the points you just made. It was blatantly obvious it was him by his responses. Maybe he took the commentary to heart..... Maybe.

ghengis86's picture

He probably junked me, when I was actually, begrudgingly (and admittedly back handed) paying him a compliment. This was a good article; he should stick to those (sorry, couldn't help myself with another - I'm a passive-aggressive bitch like that. Bitchez)

12ToothAssassin's picture

Well this certainly cuts to the chase. Kudos.

mcguire's picture

well, thank god not all of the ZHers are drunk on the assCIAnge coolaid.. wikileaks is such an obvious fraud, it makes me sick.  classic hegelian parlor tricks.. 


SilverIsKing's picture

The Equadorian embassy needs to take a page from Eminem's 2000 MTV performance in order to get Assange out of the UK.

French Frog's picture

There's no way that the UK will storm the Ecuador embassy to get Assange: this has only been used once (rightly so) during the Libyan siege of the early 1980s and it would set such a stupid/dangerous precedent (you could not then blame Iran for storming the British embassy in Teheran after that).

We all know that if Assange gets to Sweden, he'll be shipped to the US soon after (regardless of the veracity behind the sex charges).

I doubt very much that Assange wants to spend the rest of his life in that building and my feeling is that he will get arrested as soon as he steps out of the Embassy (the ground between the Ecuador embassy and the nearest airport is not covered by diplomatic immunity/political asylum status).

So, can the Ecuador government get him out of the Embassy and onto a plane discretly? I have my doubt, especially in the near future when all eyes will be on that building 24/7, but maybe later on in the year once the focus and the media get bored by this story becoming a non-story. I would pick Xmas day or New Year's day when police presence will be minimal and they could put him on a private plane out of the UK.

spanish inquisition's picture

Well, if he is looking for new citizenship, hire him as a diplomat!

Take a car back to Ecuador for maintainence.

Make a large diplomatic pouch and don't forget the breathing holes.


Element's picture

Yeah, but USSSSSSA already said it's not looking to prosecute Assange.

And given they always tell the truth, what could this possibly be about?



And for those who merely claim Assange is a stooge, look at his background, he has been a royal pain in the arse for Govts since he was a pimply teen.  The guy is a natural born dissenter, and this background and record shows very clearly that he will do anything and go to any lengths to expose the secrecy and hypocrisy within any Govt.  How people can endlessly come-up with completely contrary assumptions and assertions, that do not accord with or acknowledge those basic facts, is quite something. 

At the very least his past record of doing such things should be grounds for granting the guy a provisional 'benefit of the doubt'.  I think he deserves that much.

White.Star.Line's picture

Wiki may be a counter-double-agent-triple espionage multi-spy-doublespeak-traitorous-source-of-misinformation...... Maybe.
Yes he might be on a CIA-funded highandmighty mission to expose corruption, or a sexual deviant no better than any of those being exposed.
But if Assange picked Ecuador, he is at least smarter than me, or any of his accusers.
I wouid rather sit next to Gods people and their smoldering volcanoes, than challenge man's inflexibilty to criticism.

NidStyles's picture

It's the CIA, do you really think they couldn't fabricate some guy out of thin air? FFS this isn't the Obama Birth Certificate we are talking about here. 

Element's picture

Dude, you have no evidence Assange is faking.  You are talking irrelevant speculations, and engaging in the worst form of character assignation of a guy who appears to have put it all on the line.  Please don't expect me to take that unadulterated baseless made-up horseshit seriously.

And combining immiscible and unrelated issues like you have above does not suggest a level of capacity to evaluate the facts with honesty.  All you are doing by this is smearing and character assassination.

Not buying it.  The onus is not on me, nor Assange, nor on Wikileaks, or one anyone else to prove he's a good guy.

The onus is totally on you, and people like you, to show Assange is a baddie - hard, material and substantiated testable evidence. 

You don't have it, and no one else does either. 

Which implicitly means you're a disingenuous commenter, and not interested in facing this. You are lying to yourself, and to others, that you know something, which you do not know.

saturn's picture

The real question is, should banana republics be allowed nuclear weapons?

James_Cole's picture

There was a time when the US was a free society? Sometime before 1492 obviously, and under a different name presumably, can anyone pinpoint this mythical time?

BigJim's picture

My understanding is that the native American Peoples persons routinely practised outright slavery.

US Citizenism citizen's nature being eternal, and all that.

Spastica Rex's picture

And not an Objectivist among 'em. Savages.

Dr. Engali's picture

AnAnonymous? You have two identities ?

AnAnonymous's picture

AnAnonymous? You have two identities ?

For what purpose? Facts are not made stronger by the number of people admitting them.
There is no use faking a number of people reporting facts.

On the contrary, propaganda and fantasy grow stronger as the number of people spreading and sharing them increases.

For multiple accounts, one has to look at 'Americans', they are the ones to be interested in this kind of tricks.

Reporting on US citizenism does not need such artful engineering.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


On the contrary, propaganda and fantasy grow stronger as the number of people spreading and sharing them increases.

Funny how you leave out that propaganda and fantasy grow stronger as the number of repetitions increases.

Oh, but of course, you're just "reporting". Very good, nice job...

AnAnonymous's picture

Funny how you leave out that propaganda and fantasy grow stronger as the number of repetitions increases.

Because it is useless. As it is already included.

Two people telling a propaganda bit is repetition.

The difference is that while one person could repeat twice the same propaganda bit, getting the same propaganda bit repeated from two different sources increases the efficiency of the propaganda bit.
In one case, the hearer receives twice the same message from the same source while in the other case, the hearer receives twice the same message from two different sources.

But hey, 'Americans' are compelled to look for
symetry as they wish their 'Americanism' to be the natural system for humanity.

Human beings behaving differently from them can not be. That is the reason why in 'Americanism', human beings who behave differently from 'Americans' are no longer human beings, they are sub humans or non humans.

AnAnonymous's picture

Not all of them, actually.

What is interesting to follow is that considering the various indian tribes' relationship to slavery and how well they get integrated to the US society.

Unsurprisingly result by the way once 'Americanism' is understood.

And none of them tribes declared freedom an unalienable human right to keep practising slavery.

US citizenism at work.

Adahy's picture

There are oviously various definitions and degrees of "slavery".

As far as my tribe goes, (I can not speak for others) it was far different than Europeans' slaves.  Also note that there is no mention of servitude in the older histories I've heard, only in histories from after the start of colonization.  Of course, I have not heard all of the history, and this is only from my tribe, others may have been different; but I believe that our "slaves"/workers were treated much, much different than European slaves.  Some of the histories certainly do draw quite a contrast between how a native person was treated as a "slave" of a tribe, and how they were treated after they were captured and enslaved by the Europeans.
Many times it was even because a person did not have the skills, or was too "slow" to take care of themselves properly.  In exchange for labor, they would be looked after, fed, and be given a place to sleep.  Even with captured combatants, the purpose was to assimilate them into your tribe, not beat them into submission.

Just wanted to toss in my 2c of what I know from my little corner as pre-colonial civilization is somewhat of a fascination of mine.

AnAnonymous's picture

'American' slavery is the enslavement of sub humans and non humans.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

AnAnonymous said:

'American' slavery is the enslavement of sub humans and non humans.

You've already made your contempt for negroes quite clear. But hey, I guess you feel the need to repeat it...

AnAnonymous's picture

My contempt for negroes? Uh, no. I only reported about the inborn 'American' contempt for negroes.

 Projecting once again.

 On the contrary, one can learn a lot on 'Americanism' through negroes.

 And when it is common rhetorics from 'Americans' to question the utility of negroes to humanity, in my case, the answer is plain: negroes are very valuable as they 've helped to understand and exposed 'Americanism' so to speak.

 One should consider: without the negroes, 'Americans' could probably still go harping on their support to freedom, truth and justice. Thanks to the negroes, 'Americans' were exposed from day one of 'Americanism', that is 1776,July,4th. This does not bide well for negroes though as 'Americans' are duplicitous and usually, duplictious people do not like people who can expose their duplicity.

 The way it is.

The way US citizenism is.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

AnAnonymous said:

My contempt for negroes? Uh, no. I only reported about the inborn 'American' contempt for negroes.

Nope. You said yourself that:

'American' slavery is the enslavement of sub humans and non humans.

So you excuse this slavery by referring to those slaves as subhuman and nonhuman? Hmmmm, seems I've seen that sort of eternal nature somewhere else. Oh, that's right, now I remember. The Chinese viewed their own slaves as "half-man, half-thing".

I know how hard it is for you to break out of your inborn eternal nature, but slaves in America were as fully human as you and me. So were (and so are, in the case of brickyard slaves) the slaves in China.

Projecting once again.

Yes, you certainly have a habit of doing so. It must help you to forget saying things like this:

Logics of lowest level. Even understood by negroes, so to tell how lowest level it is...

So now you'll deny having said such a thing. Then you'll resort to evasion, saying that this was taken out of context. That's why I made a link to your comment, so that anyone can click on it and see your true nature, in context, on full display.

A helpful suggestion: to save yourself time and unneccesary effort, you should just skip ahead to your usual last step of running away.

GeezerGeek's picture

You wrote "...with captured combatants, the purpose was to assimilate them into your tribe, not beat them into submission."

Apparently you're not a descendant of Aztecs. They did some pretty brutal stuff to captives according to what I've read.

I also liked the sentence where you said "In exchange for labor, they would be looked after, fed, and be given a place to sleep." That sounds like a description of how the elites envision the future vis-a-vis the sheeple. Or perhaps it could be reworded for modern times as  "In exchange for votes, they (the overlords/politicians) would provide food, medical care and a place to sleep."

ronaldawg's picture

Yay - let's rally around and protect the child molester!

GeezerGeek's picture

I thought the reference was to Polanski.

NidStyles's picture

You aren't a child once you hit Puberty. 

prains's picture

simon's been drinking the bananas again

Buck Johnson's picture

And the UK is doing all of this because Sweden has a warrant on him for a condom breaking and them wanting to talk to him and prosecute if possible?  The UK is willing to storm another countries embassy over this, BS.  The US wants Assange and they are wanting their allies and such to bend the law to such a point that it redefines the meaning of the words and treaties.  This makes 1984 look to be right around the corner.  I would never think in the western world that they would assault an embassy to take something and now we are seeing it.  The US has redefined torture, redefined war and war crimes and they are redefining the rule of law and treaties in civilized countries (supposed to be civilized). 

The UK is saying their law provision done in 1987 makes it possible for them to disenfranchise or make non-embassy of a building and persons if they deem so.  Then how do you get around the international laws and treaties that you and the US and others signed in regard to embassies being that countries soil.  Yea you can come up with a law but so what once done it's done.  And then the UK is saying they won't allow SAFE PASSAGE (can you believe that) of Assange from the embassy to the airport and out of the country.  Even Russia wouldn't have had the balls to do this, Embassies are supposed to be the one place that all can count on as a safe place of refuge and a no go for that countries power to take or do whatever.

The people in the US and the govt. workers don't see what type of world that is being built on expediency and hate by our leaders.  When our people are in other lands that mean they aren't safe at all and could possibly be executed or imprisoned without even notifying the Embassy (per the laws of that country right).  We are going to be living in a more dangerous world after this, bet on it.  Every Ambassador should feel a little scared now, every soldier should feel a little wary now. 

We have torn down civiliztion to protect bankers and politicians, and it still won't save us.

Anusocracy's picture

Perhaps this is the beginning of the end for governments.

More and more each day, they show the people that they can't be believed or trusted and that they are utter failures to anyone who is productive in life.

Element's picture



The US has redefined torture, redefined war and war crimes and they are redefining the rule of law and treaties in civilized countries (supposed to be civilized).


You forgot to add the US re-definition of privacy rights (there is simply NONE) the public-interest (I'm not even going to go over that corpse), and fweedom, which is the West's most absurd party-gag of all. 

"Tax serfs need to STFU", which re-defines law and order as well.

AnAnonymous's picture

The US has redefined torture, redefined war and war crimes and they are redefining the rule of law and treaties in civilized countries (supposed to be civilized).


'Americans' are doing much more than that: they are constantly redefining humanity since 'Americans' hijacked humanity on 1776, July, 4th through the natural rights theory.

Any new definition brought by 'Americanism' has to be brought to the rest of humanity as it has to be the rule of Man as called by 'Americans'

And when the rest of humanity does not comply, they are either forced in 'American' freedom or degraded to subhuman or non human beings status.

This is how 'Americanism' works.

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TheFourthStooge-ing's picture



Fixed it for you. Just tryin' to help.

Vince Clortho's picture

"... We have torn down civiliztion to protect bankers and politicians, and it still won't save us."

We?  Who is We?

I always cringe when I find these "everyone is to blame" items.

The Bankers and Politicians have torn down civilization and are making a mockery of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the remnants of the American republic.  They have done so using subterfuge, swindling, fraud, deception and criminal acts ranging from manipulation to murder to achieve their ends.  

We, the people have been the victims of this assualt against human decency.

Don't contribute to the confusion and stay focused.

GeezerGeek's picture

Aren't the voters in the US entitled to know Romney's position on this Assange thing? It clearly is of monumental importance, ranking up there with issues about dog carriers on top of cars.

Voluntary Exchange's picture

AS the criminal syndicates called "governments" rate, Ecuador has just jumped up my list as more ethical (less criminal) than many. 


How things change. The US and UK  used to be less criminal than most, now they are among the worst. Those who love liberty can vote with their feet (at least for now). The call for the young might now be, "GO South (or East) young man!" 


Extremism in  defense of tyranny is great vice. Who wants to live with criminals? It is precisely the criminals who need to have their actions publicized far and wide. 


If you hold life sacred, then when they refuse to allow life, liberty, property, and honesty your only option instead of organizing to defend yourself, is to walk. Voting sure doesn't work.

Neethgie's picture

The world is turning into brasseye

Clever Name's picture

The world is turning into browneye.