Putin Warns Obama - Hands Off Puerto Rico
In a dramatic and unexpected golpe d’estado, the long simmering Nationalist Party in Puerto Rico has taken control of the Island. The Nationalists have formed a new provisional government, and have declared independence from the yoke of U.S. colonial rule which has denied self-determination for the Puerto Rican people since taking the colony from Spain in 1898. Nationalist guerillas have invaded en masse the U.S. military installations on the Island and have overtaken them.
The Nationalists have also begun reclaiming U.S. corporate properties in Puerto Rico, saying that those valuable economic resources belong to the people of Puerto Rico and not the American capitalists whose interests have always dictated U.S. policy on the Island. An envoy has been sent to Cuba to negotiate full economic, political and social relations with the government of Raoul Castro. The Nationalists claim that the Puerto Rican people have far more in common with Cubans and other Latin American peoples than with the North American colonizers, including a belief in socialization of basic services in addition to the obvious linguistic and cultural ties.
The coup has taken the Obama administration by surprise, but American troop ships and aircraft have been mustered to South Florida in readiness for an invasion. President Vladimir Putin of Russia, however, has warned Obama against the serious adverse consequences of a military invasion of Puerto Rico. Mr. Putin expressed his deep concern over the United States “clear violation of Puerto Rican sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of the democratic principles the United States pretends to uphold in its numerous invasions of small countries all over the globe..”
According to sources inside the Kremlin, Putin has warned Obama that any military action by the United States in Puerto Rico will only lead to greater political instability and could potentially lead to a much wider conflagration, including further popular uprisings in the region.” Putin also commented that any American military action in Puerto Rico would be a 21st Century regression into 19th Century geopolitics. The White House has had no official comment, but some staffers are reported to have said informally it is no business of Putin’s what we Americans do in our own backyard.