posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 12:48 AM
That article... what a laugh.
The US is losing ground in its favourite little fiefdom of South America. Yet again the natives (well, the Spanish colonials mostly, but Chavez is,
after all, a mestizo) are getting uppity again and Uncle Sam's getting upset that they're not doing exactly what he wants.
The article, for example, doesn't even mention the fact that the US tried to overthrow Chavez in 2002 and failed dismally because the country was
loyal to him. There's also a little crack in the article about "alleged US interference" or some such. No, it's not "alleged", the evidence
has been around for everyone to see. A pattern of US domination going back a hundred years is being broken. Let's hope it continues.
All people in the US ever hear about is how Chavez is a "dictator" and "anti-democratic". To external observers, the propaganda is so dismal
Of course the US buildup in Colombia is a sham. As we know, the US war on drugs is in reality a war on the competition. Certain parties (centred
round the CIA) want to keep the drugs market to themselves. Building up arms in Colombia allows for more effective control of the market, and also
acts as a threat to any regimes that don't want to bend over and grip a chair-back for Uncle.
I'm surprised Chavez thought that there would be any change under Obama. That seems to me naive, frankly.
HE poses a threat to the US because, a) he's actually using the country's oil resources to benefit the majority of people in his country. This is a
dangerous idea and if it caught on it would weaken the US' ability to treat Central and South American countries as simply sources of natural
resources for the US' insatiable corporations. There's also b), which is that Chavez, like Russia and Iran, wants to stop having to accept
worthless US currency for their oil.
That was one of Saddam's sins, too: he made billions by trading his oil in Euros, a currency which doesn't devalue as soon as you buy it. But if,
again, this idea caught on, there'd be no reason for anyone to buy dollars, hastening the collapse of the US economy.
Which, given that the US is like a cancer growth on the rest of the world, sucking in resources and weakening everyone else, has got to be a good
thing in the long run.
And of course Chavez is buying arms from Russia. The US and UK would much prefer him to a) be a good boy and do what they say and b) buy arms
from them... but not only would they not sell to Chavez, it wouldn't be sensible for him to buy arms from an enemy who could cut off the flow of
spares or possibly disable the weapons as happened with the Exocets during the Falklands War.
The funny thing is, the US can't quite play its old tricks. In the good old Cold War days, if a regime got in that might be troublesome for the US,
they'd basically try destabilising it. If it didn't quite work, the target country would invariably gravitate to the only other major power that
might help them stick up for themselves against the regional bully, which was Russia. This would allow the US to play the "communism in our
hemisphere! Red alert! We must stamp it out!" card.
But the Russians aren't communists any more. They're gangster oligarchs just like the US but if anything perhaps even a little wilder. So there
aren't any ideological reasons you can sell people to disguise what was always straight economics.
So now you have to sell the "war on drugs" and the Total War Against Terra to disguise the overall South American aganda. It's propaganda so
hypocritical and crude it's visible to... well, to anyone outside the US, basically.
I doubt Chavez'll be stupid enough to be tricked into invading Colombia. But he'll make it as costly as possible for Uncle Sam to interfere in his
Good for him.