Monday, May 09, 2005

"New Axis of Evil" Update : South American, Arab Leaders Hold Summit

Guardian Unlimited World Latest South American, Arab Leaders Hold Summit:

For some background on my suspicions that we will soon see several Latin American democracies labeled as a "new axis of evil," please click this link and read the stories. They are listed in reverse chronological order.

I've been arguing since the day I began this blog (and, in fact, have been making this argument even since before the September 11, 2001 attacks against America) that the "war" we are in right now is not about "good vs. evil" or "tyranny vs. democracy" or even "terrorism vs. liberty," but about economic exploitation and oppression in the developing world perpetrated by the technologically developed "West." It is about the by-products of global, unregulated, laissez faire, free-market capitalism. It is about economic imperative trumping national sovereignty, and it is about having control over one's national and natural resources--labor and goods.

Here's more evidence that this may be correct. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will be hosting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, and 31 other Latin American and Arab leaders in an economic summit meant to undercut the power of the US to impose global economic policies on parts of the world unwilling or unable to deal with them.

The US has asked to be invited as an observer. The US has been denied an invitation.

While the stated goal of the gathering is to boost economic ties, the summit will bring together leaders from countries that resent America's forceful hand in everything from regime changes to globalization that critics say benefits only large multinational corporations....

Brazilian officials said a summit declaration will focus on social issues like Silva's push to eradicate worldwide hunger; it was unclear how summit participants would address touchy issues like terrorism and the Middle East peace process.

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