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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Something's Rotten in Brazil

As oil and ethanol revenues have increased over the years, Brazil is starting to emerge as a player (or wannabe player) on the world scene. Their addition of 2,600 peacekeeping troops in Haiti helps relieve the US do the heavy lifting in other parts of the world rather than having to coordinate such efforts in our own hemisphere.

With the election of Barack Obama there were hopes that he would be able to work well with a fellow leftist like socialist president of Brazil, Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva. There were hopes that Lula might be able to work well with such leftists in the US like Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when it came to international relations. However the reality is that Brazil is joining the "Blame America First" crowd and is casting their lot in with the Hitler of out time, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. While the US is trying to initiate "crippling sanctions" on Iran through the United Nations Security Council

"Ankara, Brasilia, and Beirut have yet to declare whether they would vote against the resolution or merely abstain, but they indicate that they do not intend to support the sanctions. In the aftermath of the council resolution’s passage, several Iran-enablers beyond Turkey, Brazil, and Lebanon could yet declare that the resolution does not apply to them.

Mr. Obama, who came in promising to “heal” the rift that his “unilateral” predecessor opened with the rest of the world, will end up with pronounced divisions at the most prominent international body, over the most important foreign policy matter of his presidency to date. The comparison will make Mr. Bush seem like a world “uniter.” Link

Brazil has ambitions to develop nuclear technology as well. However the Brazilians seem to have diffculty in understanding that the United States probably wouldnt be nearly as worried by such efforts by a nation that hasnt fought a major international war since 1865-1870 against Paraguay and another country that rages Jihad 24/7/365 and promises to wipe a country "off the map".

It's not all bad news though. Although Lula has indicated he is against sanctions, he also stated "that he will try to convince Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a visit in Tehran...to restart negotiations to ease concerns about the nation's nuclear program." Right. Good luck with that.

Thomas Sowell sums it up best in his article from today when he stated...

"A newspaper headline said: "U.S. Growing Impatient with Iran." Boy, won't that scare them to death? If they keep going, and make enough nuclear bombs to blast us to smithereens, we will go to the United Nations and get a resolution passed, condemning their actions-- or, if the U.N. won't go that far, deploring their lack of cooperation."

I couldnt agree more.


Tracy said...

I laughed when I read Sowell's comments. The UN really has ceased to be helpful for the US. While I realize that it's not set up to be a support to just one country, on the other hand I find it's lack of meaningful responses to real problems appalling.

photogr said...

I don't see any thing wrong with countries having the right to make defensive waepons to defend their borders from agression and I don't see any thing wrong for American citizens having the right to bear arms to defend our selves against our own politicians and the UN.

However, there is a thin line when a country in a fanitical mind set wants weapons of mass destruction to attack others and stockpiles those weapons for such a possibility just because of hatred to another country or desires to accumulate their natural resources.

JD Curtis said...

I'm with you two. I believe that Brazil is falling for this idea that a world in which the US is not the main superpower would be a better one and multiple countries having an equal amount of pull would be a good thing. There's only one problem though. Who are the other powerful nations they could support to rival the US? It's a rogue gallery of misfits and criminal enterprises masquerading as nation states.

JD Curtis said...

As if on cue...

"Following in the footsteps of its strategic friend Iran, North Korea is looking to cultivate trade, including military assistance, with another friend of the Islamic republic, Brazil, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

The move by North Korea to step beyond Asia and look to Latin America's largest country for increased trade could give the hermit state greater access to Western technologies that it cannot receive now due to sanctions."

Link: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=164625