Sunday, October 08, 2006

 

Meanwhile, in our own back yard...


Washington, D.C. — During the 1980 presidential campaign, Republicans pointed out that Jimmy Carter had "lost Nicaragua" to communism. The 1979 Sandinista "Revolution Without Frontiers," led by Daniel Ortega, was just one of many foreign policy disasters during the Carter administration, and Ronald Reagan assured Americans that such things wouldn't happen on his "watch." Unfortunately, Ronald Reagan is gone, and today Nicaragua looks like a case of "back to the future."

On November 5, just two days before our own "midterm" congressional elections, the people of Nicaragua will cast ballots for a new president. Friends of Democracy in Latin America have been stunned by new polls showing that Daniel Ortega — the ardent Marxist who once ruled Managua with a Soviet-backed iron fist — is again poised to take control of government, a decade and a half after U.S.-backed freedom fighters succeeded in ousting him from power. If he wins, Ortega will have key regional allies, comprised of men who, by themselves, present no immediate threat to our security but who, together, could create problems aplenty for the U.S. and its democratic Latin American allies.

Ortega's backers in the region have learned to use the "democratic process," or the elections, to their advantage. Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez, awash in petrodollars, and with the encouragement of Cuba's aging Stalinist dictator Fidel Castro, is committed to spreading an anti-American "Bolivarian Revolution" throughout the southern hemisphere. Chavez protégé, Bolivian President Evo Morales, was barely in office two months before he rewrote the country's constitution, giving himself authoritarian powers. And in Ecuador, leftist Rafael Correa is now the front-runner in the race for the October 15 presidential elections. If elected, Correa has vowed to ''re-found'' the nation on the pattern of Bolivia and Venezuela. Full story...


This is very worrysome, especially considerating the idiot Chavez...

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