Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Bush continues to divide the world…

The 6th annual World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela, became the back round for anti-American demonstrations.

Anger against Bush appears twofold. First, like most in this country, South America views Bush’s “free trade” as anything but fair trade:

According to the Cuban economist, Latin America is now facing an irreconcilable dilemma regarding which path to follow for regional integration: Latin America will either follow the path of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) or it will opt to pursue the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA). The first choice aspires to transform the region into a subordinate appendage of the United States; the second strives for the integration of the people, beginning with the payment of social debt to the poorest sectors of society.

Secondly, Third World countries view the U.S. as an aggressor nation poised to war against them. Bush has managed to export his “culture war,” which the reactionary right spawned in the U.S. to third world countries. As a result, the Neo-Cons will never win the minds and hearts of the Third World:

“Not only must [the Iraq] war be stopped, but imminent wars, such as those contemplated against Iran, Libya, or Venezuela, should also be prevented…We have to fight so that militarism does not triumph in our schools."


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