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NEWS: Front Runner In Bolivian Election Claims He'll Be A "Nightmare" For US

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posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 12:25 AM
Evo Morales is the front runner for Sunday's Bolivian Presidential election. An ardent leftist, who counts Cuba's Fidel Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez as close friends, he has plans to lead Bolivia down the path to Socialism. He is also a coca farmer who intends to reverse the US-backed push to eradicate the crop which is also used to produce coc aine.
CARACOLLO, Bolivia - As a little boy in Bolivia's bleak highlands, Evo Morales used to run behind buses to pick up the orange skins and banana peels passengers threw out the windows. Sometimes, he says, it was all he had to eat. Now, holding the lead ahead of Sunday's presidential election, he's threatening to be "a nightmare for the government of the United States."

It's not hard to see why. The 46-year-old candidate is a staunch leftist who counts Cuba's
Fidel Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez among his close friends. Moreover, he's a coca farmer, promising to reverse the U.S.-backed campaign to stamp out production of the leaf that is used to make coc aine.

With his Aymara Indian blood and a hatred for the free-market doctrines known to Latin Americans as neo-liberalism, Morales in power would not only shake up Bolivia's political elite, but strengthen the leftward tide rippling across South America.

"Something historic is happening in Bolivia," Morales told The Associated Press in an interview. "The most scorned, hated, humiliated sector now has the capacity to organize."

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I would argue that this leftist outbreak in South America is overdue in that it would of happened more than 30 years ago if the United States hadn't been pro-active in preventing it.

What will the US response be to a leftist, socialist South America? Will it allow socialism to spread in its once traditional sphere of influence? Does it really have a choice any more? Are the days of propping up right-wing dictators that support US interests viable in the post 9/11 days? Freedom is squarely on the agenda if you listen to the rhetoric coming from the Bush camp. Surely they would have to respect a democratically elected socialist Bolivia?

[edit on 13/12/05 by subz]

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 12:43 AM
hey if they want to worsen poverty, thats their problem but they wont get any help from us if they wish to be an enemy, thats if he's elected.

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 07:39 AM
Theres the same propensity for corruption under capitalism as there is under socialism. All capitalism does is spread the corruption across a wider number of theiving hands. For socialism to work you first need a true and accountable democracy.

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 11:16 AM
Very interesting...

wonder how long he lasts before he dies in a mysterious plane wreck...
If he gets elected, as sad as it is... it would be good bet.

I dont expect Bushco to allow South America much more development of socialism...

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 11:20 AM
South & Central America;

Banana Republics, Military Juntas and Socialism.

That's pretty much it.

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 11:21 AM
Hes a Chavez wannabe. Getting attention and all that stuff.

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 02:30 PM
does this mean the price of coc aine will drop?

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 02:33 PM
This guy's a thug who is using poor farmers to force himself into office;


The latest polls show Morales is like to win nearly 40 percent of the vote. His main opponent, Jorge Quiroga of the conservative Podemos Party, is not far behind.

But Bolivia’s electoral laws require a candidate to receive more than 50 percent of the vote to win election. If no candidate reaches the mark the Bolivian Congress will decide the election.

The vote will take place December 18.

Podemos has run television advertisements connecting MAS with narcotrafficking, terrorism, and the tyrants of Latin America - Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

The urban centers of La Paz and Santa Cruz are strongholds for Quiroga and the Podemos Party, while Morales and MAS garner support from Bolivian peasants in rural areas.

The Miami Herald’s Andres Oppenheimer fears that Morales will be installed even if he loses the election.

A Morales loss, he claims, would likely be followed by violent street protests.

"If you stage violent street riots and threaten to paralyze the country while Congress decides,” Oppenheimer writes, "you have a good chance of imposing your candidate.”

Morales supporters have indicated a willingness to resort to street violence. Pro-Morales Senator and Bolivian Indian peasant leader Roman Loayza predicted November 30 that "if Evo is not democratically elected, it will have to be by force.”

The Morales campaign has not disavowed Loayza’s prediction.

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 05:14 PM
is this guy from the school of the americas by any chance, if he's not it won't take long for someone who is to replace him.

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 05:31 PM

Originally posted by subz
Theres the same propensity for corruption under capitalism as there is under socialism. All capitalism does is spread the corruption across a wider number of theiving hands. For socialism to work you first need a true and accountable democracy.

no, to you, one having more money than another is considered wrong, anyone rich or middle class is corrupt

in reality socialism is just oppression by equality and mob ruled tyranny, it destroys free nations.

[edit on 13-12-2005 by namehere]

posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 05:43 PM
Hows Boliva going to be a "Nightmare for the US" its major exports to the US are Tin, gold, jewelry, and wood products... yawn. None of which are in any major amounts the entire countries GDP: is about $8.1 billion LOL. Bill Gates has more economic power then that whole country. At least Chavez has some decent oil exports.

As for illegal drugs like Coca the vast majority of that comes from Colombia. Its already been proven the Drug war is unwinable there IMHO. All those U.S.-backed anti drug campaigns in South America do little.


posted on Dec, 13 2005 @ 05:59 PM
For crying out-loud the man has not even been elected yet. There is no reason to worry because someone running for office is making threats.

Time to have a nightmare? I think not! I am sure the powers to be have already made plans to handle this bozo

[edit on 12/13/2005 by shots]

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