Friday, October 23, 2009
Exercise Goes On, Politics Notwithstanding
Chile is hosting joint exercises this month with the air forces of Brazil, Argentina, France and the U.S. The exercise is meant to develop teamwork, but the big story is the hypethetical conflict dreamed up. The scenario: a northern aggressor is defying international treaties and must be dealt with. That wasn't lost on Peru, which is disputing its ocean boundary with Chile. Chilean officials sought to smooth things over by inviting Peru's air force to observe the exercise, called Salitre. Peru declined and complained to one of Salitre's participants, the U.S. American officials nudged Chile into altering the scenario, according to El Mercurio. The Chileans obliged. No more northern aggressor.