March 8, 2008

THE AMERICA IN LATIN AMERICA:

'The Latin Israel' (Rich Lowry, 3/07/08, Real Clear Politics)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reached for what he considered the ultimate insult when he called Colombia "the new Israel." If by that he means a country better governed than its immediate neighbors, that dares to protect itself against terrorists across its border despite getting bludgeoned for it by the international Left -- he had a point. [...]

The U.S. must buttress its ally Uribe in Latin America's ideological war. One way to lend him the legitimacy that his enemies want to deny him is to approve the Colombia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which would be an important diplomatic statement of the importance of our relationship and the progress Uribe has made solidifying democratic norms while beating back FARC. Democrats, though, have a case of the anti-trade vapors and are suspicious of Uribe because he is hated by leftist nongovernmental organizations and advocacy groups.

That's another way Colombia is the Israel of Latin America -- a moniker to be proud of.


It's a mistake to see Democrat opposition to the Colombia trade agreement as primarily about trade. It's primarily about their bitterness at the success of other Right regimes during the Cold War.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2008 6:36 AM
Comments

You are right. You are also approaching a definition of Democrats as unhanged traitors, who rooted for the enemy during WWIII and do so again in WWIV.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 8, 2008 12:27 PM
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