Monday, July 24, 2006

World Gone Mad

Every day it seems the news gets worse in the Middle East. The United States seems no closer to bringing home troops then it was this time a year ago. Granted Iraq has an elected government with a constitution, but sectarian violence continues to grow and might soon become a full-scale Civil War. Israel is once again invading Lebanon as Hezbollah continues to launch daily missile attacks at Israeli cities. There seems to be no progress in restricting uranium enrichment in Iran who might soon have nuclear weapons and North Korea is conducting long-range missile tests.

Even in our own hemisphere, destabilizing events continue unabated as the world watches events unfold in the Middle East.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has praised Belarus "as a model social state" like the one he and his government are building.

During a visit to Belarus, he called for joint efforts to counter what he described as "hegemonic" capitalism.

Mr Chavez later met Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, accused in the West of crushing fundamental rights.

Mr Chavez is on a world tour, partly to win support for a Venezuelan seat on the UN Security Council.

From Belarus, he will travel to Russia, Qatar, Iran, Vietnam and Mali.

He is hoping to sign an arms deal in Moscow worth around $1bn (£542m), correspondents say.

The US has voiced concerns about the proposed sale, having banned such deals with Caracas for US manufacturers.

Both Mr Lukashenko and Mr Chavez are fierce critics of US policy.

'New friend'

"We see here a model social state like the one we are beginning to create," Mr Chavez said in Belarus' capital Minsk, before his talks with Mr Lukashenko.

"Here, I've got a new friend and together we'll form a team, a go-ahead team," Mr Chavez said.

"We do not want to be deceived or exploited by anyone. We must defend the interests of the individual and not the hegemonic interests of the capitalists, wherever they may be, in Europe or Latin America," he said.

Mr Lukashenko returned the praise, saying that the two countries had "many directions for co-operation".

Mr Lukashenko's spokesman earlier said Belarus and Venezuela were "strategic partners".

Both the US and the EU have accused Mr Lukashenko of rigging the Belarus presidential election in March and of closing down independent media. They have imposed travel bans and financial sanctions on Mr Lukashenko and his top aides.

Sometimes I miss the old cold least then we knew who are enemies were.


At 3:05 PM, Blogger Dan Zaremba said...

Lukashenko became a new role model for Chavez?
Birds of the feather...

At 3:11 PM, Blogger Dan Zaremba said...

Qatar has already started working for Chavez.

At 3:34 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Qatar? They had been fairly staunch allies for the US when we invaded Iraq. They built longer, heavier runways so that we could unload military equipment. This would be disappointing.

At 4:06 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Last weekend, Chavez and Castro had a pow-wow in Argentina.

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Dan Zaremba said...

Muslim 'moderates' will only back the winning side. The'll switch sides with no regrets if they think their horse/camel is losing.


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