Unlike what happened in previous votes in the last decade, this year not even Marshall Islands or Palau, tiny countries formed in the Pacific, gave in to pressure from the White House.
It is significant that these two nations, along with Micronesia, have opted for the abstention vote, a position that could be seen as brave when considering that their sovereignty is very limited and their choices to make in the international arena are also very narrow.
As it is known, the three island countries were part of what became known as the Trusteeship Territory of the Pacific Islands, a legal figure created to disguise the North American control exercised in this region after World War II.
This Trusteeship formally ended in 1986 when was replaced by the Treaty of Free Association of Micronesia, Marshall and Palau with the United States.
In the 90's, the United Nations recognized them and incorporated them into its system, although more than sovereignty, what they have is only a limited autonomy.
Its economy depends on U.S. aid, which has tight control over some areas, like the Kwajalein Atoll, which for many years was the Pentagon's testing ground for various types of missiles and which now includes a powerful system of radars.
Besides the U.S. military personnel, no one else has access to this site, which is part of the Marshall Islands.
This archipelago has imposed a lease for a portion of their lands with Washington until 2016 and is now under intense pressure to extend it until 2086, despite the opposition of most of its population.
Palau, meanwhile, hardly reaches 20,000 inhabitants and has become an international financial center, one of those places called "off shore", often only used as a cover for money laundering operations, particularly by the weakness of its laws and institutions.
Micronesia's main economic activities are related to fishing, coconut palm products and a fledgling tourism. In fact, two thirds of its foreign exchange earnings come from the United States through treaties and grants, so that its dependence is almost total.
Despite these conditions, the three island countries decided to protect some of their dignity and refused to vote for the United States that became increasingly isolated and alone with only its unconditional Israel by its side, a country that seems to reflect various aspects of the United States.
The proverb "God and the Devil brood together", therefore, does not apply to this case. It’s nobody's fault that both, the U.S. and Israel share an identical genetic code marked by arrogance, irrationality and evil intrinsic stubborness.
Their loneliness will be infinite, if their contradictions and lifestyles do not stop them beforehand, as García Márquez’s character, Macondo García Marquiano once said "…they are but a fearful whirlwind of dust and debris..."
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