May 22, 2006

WE'LL MAKE YOUR COUNTRY LIKE CUBA:

With friends like these: Hugo Chávez's meddling backfires (The Economist, May 11th 2006)

ON MAY 8th, Ollanta Humala, the nationalist former army officer who won most votes in the first round of Peru's presidential election last month, met Evo Morales, Bolivia's socialist president. Opening an eye clinic staffed by Cuban doctors at Copacabana, a small town on Lake Titicaca just inside Bolivia's border with Peru, the two men proclaimed their fraternity.

So will Peru be the next domino to fall to the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, an anti-Yanqui political alliance sponsored by Cuba and Hugo Chávez, Venezuela's president, and recently joined by Mr Morales? Probably not. Opinion polls suggest that Mr Humala will lose a run-off election on June 4th to Alan García, a former president, by a margin of ten to 20 percentage points. And far from helping Mr Humala, the vocal support of Messrs Chávez and Morales seems to be hurting him.


Seeking United Latin America, Venezuela's Chávez Is a Divider (JUAN FORERO, 5/20/06, NY Times)
As Venezuela's president, Hugo Chávez, insinuates himself deeper in the politics of his region, something of a backlash is building among his neighbors.

Mr. Chávez — stridently anti-American, leftist and never short on words — has cast himself as spokesman for a united Latin America free of Washington's influence. He has backed Bolivia's recent gas nationalization, set up his own Socialist trade bloc and jumped into the middle of disputes between his neighbors, even when no one has asked.

Some nations are beginning to take umbrage. The mere association with Mr. Chávez has helped reverse the leads of presidential candidates in Mexico and Peru. Officials from Mexico to Nicaragua, Peru and Brazil have expressed rising impatience at what they see as Mr. Chávez's meddling and grandstanding, often at their expense.


One Predator solves the Chavez problem.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 22, 2006 3:22 PM
Comments

They had him, and let him off, the idiots.

Mr. Forero's piece illustrates the hilarious ignorance of the world of "worldy" lefties. Why would anyone think South Americans want to be unduly influenced by their neighbors any more than Europeans, Asians, etc.?

Posted by: b at May 22, 2006 3:53 PM

Not a Predator . . . a B-2 and a JDAM.

Posted by: Mike Morley at May 22, 2006 9:05 PM

Opening an eye clinic staffed by Cuban doctors at Copacabana, a small town on Lake Titicaca just inside Bolivia's border with Peru

At the Copa, Copacabana
The hottest spot south of Havana . . .

Posted by: Mike Morley at May 22, 2006 10:51 PM

Poor Peru. Alan Garca nearly ran them into the ground last time. I hope he's learned some things since.

Posted by: PapayaSF at May 23, 2006 2:06 AM
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