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Anti-Americanism Sentiment Growing In Latin America

LindaAnti-Americanism Sentiment Growing In Latin America

By Linda O’Keefe
Orlando Political Press

It seems like every month, Chavez is hosting a world leader in Venezuela. What’s alarming about this is that all these leaders harbor anti-American sentiment. Given the fact, that we now have a president who has very similar nationalizing policies and social programs to that of Chavez, I wonder why Chavez still harbors ill will against Americans.

In his United Nations speech of 2006, Chavez claimed he could smell “lingering sulfur”, implying that President George W. Bush, who had just addressed the assembly, was the devil. But, with President Bush is gone, why does Chavez continue to hate America? After all, President Obama and Chavez exchanged pleasantries at the Summit of the Americas in April 2009 and Chavez even gave our President a book.

Since Obama took office in January 2009, the parade of power in Venezuela was headed by President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia. And, to emphasize the ties that bind them, Russian warships performed naval maneuvers in Venezuelan waters. The culmination of the 2009 Latin American tour of Iran’s president, Ahmadinejad, was his Venezuelan visit. The untapped uranium in Venezuela, Brazil and Bolivia are very important to Iran’s nuclear program. Chavez and Ahmadinejad denounced U.S. foreign policy as “imperialistic”.

This past week, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, visited Venezuela for the first time. According to Chavez, this was part of a “strategic project of cooperation” to build the “Caracas-Damascus axis” linking the two countries. Last year, when visiting Syria, Chavez called Israel an “imperialist country that annihilates people.”

Chavez isn’t the only Latin American leader to continually attack Western civilization. In March of 2009, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’da Silva blamed the economic recession on the West’s “blue-eyed bankers” explaining that he is not “acquainted with a single black banker.” Recently, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales expelled U.S drug agents and said that the U.S. accusation that Bolivia, the world’s No. 3 cocaine-producing country, is not doing enough to reduce cultivation of coca, is “pure lies and insults.”

No one really needs to guess what Chavez’s motive is. Upon receiving Iran’s highest state medal in Tehran, Chavez said, “Let’s save the human race, let’s finish off the U.S. empire,” Chavez said. He continued, “This (task) must be assumed with strength by the majority of the peoples of the world.” Is there any doubt as to what the intention of Chavez’s coalition is? Let’s not forget that Oliver Stone’s new fictitious “documentary”, “South of the Border,” will help Chavez cultivate this anti-American sentiment with the youth of America in movie theaters this summer.

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