Communist tango in Latin American
Another great article from today's The American Thinker. Chavez and Castro are a dangerous combination in South America, and one wonders if this disturbing element is even on the radar of the present administration. Coupled with the fact that Chavez controls a large percentage of the oil that America imports, and that he is opening his borders not only to narco-terrorists but also to Al-Qaida and other Middle Eastern terrorists, he is going to prove to be a much bigger problem to deal with than Castro ever was, even in his heyday. Together they can dance a very destructive tango for our entire hemisphere.
When the Berlin Wall was torn down, the Soviet Union collapsed, and China pursued market-led development, it seemed safe to assume that the threat of aggressive communism toppling national dominoes and dominating an entire continent was gone forever. But while America has focused its attention elsewhere, communism is on the move in South America, and the shape of a serious plan to dominate our neighboring continent has become evident. Even worse, our natural ally to resist such domination is strangely uninterested in defending its turf.
On a scale not seen since the 1960s, Cuba's Fidel Castro and his new ally, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, are aggressively seeking influence all through South America. The one power that could stop them, Brazil, is strangely asleep. As a regional power, South America's largest, most economically powerful - and most ambitious - country is proving to be a disappointment, and this couldn't happen at a worse time.
Brazil’s western neighbor Bolivia is about to hold a national election on Dec. 4 that could bring a third member to the Castro-Chavez axis to its leadership, a Marxist coca-growers' leader named Evo Morales. Castro and Chavez are working hard to ensure that he wins. Meanwhile, Bolivia's neighbors are subject to an intense subversion campaign as a result. How such events are resolved may determine the direction of the continent for decades.
Brazil's response so far to predators like Chavez and Castro is largely to ignore them and do nothing.