Lula, Kirchner imperialist running dogs
[A tad Maoist, je
Stan Goff, writing in a recent issue of Haiti Progres, is rightfully incensed by the craven decision of the so-called progressive leadership of
’s Kirchner forgotten the Argentina ’s supportive role during the Dirty War? Has US ’s Chile forgotten 1973 and the CIA attack on Chilean popular sovereignty? And has Lagos ’s da Silva developed amnesia with regard to Goulart’s ouster at the hands of the same CIA in 1964? Brazil
"How is it, then, that these nations, of all nations, can send their militaries to prop up the transparent coup d’etat against yet another democratically elected government? How have they become obliged, in the face of their own histories of struggle against US plotters and assassins, to support this racist subjugation of a fellow Latin American nation?"
US support for anti-government militias with direct links to death squads under the previous 'Papa Doc' Duvalier regime was to be expected. One would be surprised at anything else. As would one be if Paris and
a hand in one imperial enterprise will not protect them from the predations of the US . In fact, it only strengthens the hand of the US foreign policy establishment to commit the same crimes against them when it’s expedient," says Goff. US
Their capitulation is all the more cowardly given that most Caribbean nations continue to refuse to even recognise Haiti's coup-plotters as the new government—and they are in a far weaker position economically to do so vis-à-vis the US.
However foreseeable Lula's move from red to blue of
As Tariq Ali recently told Venezuelan solidarity news website Venezuelanalysis.com:
"Before Lula was elected, a possibility emerged, an image emerged of the following: Argentina had collapsed, in Venezuela there was Chávez, that if you had a Bolivarian federation, of Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela and Cuba, together you could produce a completely different way of looking at the world and a different form of society, which would not be repressive, which would not be vicious, which would transform the everyday lives of the poor. That has not happened…"
The advent of loosely social democratic/progressive regimes in six (if you dubiously included Cuba) Latin American countries seemed that it might have created enough of a critical mass to at least make the masters of the universe blink, to create a region in the world that successfully rejected the Washington Consensus. Of course, as
This is very far from saying that there is no hope in
And this movement is in vital need of solidarity work from us in the north. With so much of the left's (justifiable) focus on the
One final related point: Tariq, in his comments to Venezuelanalysis, presents this extremely useful corrective to that trend within the Global Justice Movement that rejects the hazard for power:
"I don’t think [the
will attempt to contain the social explosion in US Latin Americaby proposing a softer version of neoliberalism]. They will only do that if they feel threatened. And they don’t feel threatened at the moment. And one reason—I have to be very blunt here—they don’t feel threatened is because there is an idealistic slogan within the social movements, which goes like this: ‘We can change the world without taking power.’ This slogan doesn’t threaten anyone; it’s a moral slogan. The Zapatistas—who I admire—you know, when they marched from to Chiapas , what did they think was going to happen? Nothing happened. It was a moral symbol, it was not even a moral victory because nothing happened…But I think, from that point of view, the Venezuelan example is the most interesting one. It says: ‘in order to change the world you have to take power, and you have to begin to implement change—in small doses if necessary—but you have to do it. Without it nothing will change.’" Mexico City
Put that in your water-bong and smoke it, crusty deodorant-is-a-capitalist-conspiracy anarcho-abstentionists!
For more detail on the US-orchestrated coup against democratically elected President Bertrand Aristide, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now radio out of