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Sunday, 24 March 2013

A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin… The End of the American Empire

01 Fidel Castro and Uncle Sam

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The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías knocked Washington off-balance and stripped it of confidence. Breaking the traditional rules of diplomatic courtesy, US President Obama refrained from extending condolences to the people and government of Venezuela, unlike the heads of state of most other countries. Those in the American corridors of power must have lost their nerve.

In this case, Chávez’s extraordinary personality didn’t cause this state of affairs; rather, the tectonic policy shift that embodied Chávez’s philosophy devastated the USA. For two centuries, South America provided solid and reliable support for a country whose very name… the United States of America… incorporated claims to speaking on behalf of both parts of the American continent. In 1823, the fifth US President, James Monroe, proclaimed in a message to the US Congress that all territories south of the American border were the USA’s “exclusive sphere of influence”. It’s worth remembering that the text of the so-called Monroe Doctrine stated that the USA would consider any attempt on the part of any other country to interfere militarily or politically in the affairs of any state in the Americas as hostile, a threat to its peace and security. Without any diplomatic frou-frou, Senator Lodge explained the essence of Monroe Doctrine by saying, “The American flag must fly over the territory from the Rio Grande to the Arctic”.

The Monroe Doctrine was a guide for several generations of politicians as they replaced one another at the helm of the American state. After World War I, US President Woodrow Wilson insisted that the Monroe Doctrine be part of the Covenant of the League of Nations. By using brute force, Washington kept South America under its thumb. After American troops invaded Mexico in 1846, the USA de facto carved that country up {part of it became the south-western USA after the American victory: editor}. Besides that, the USA propped up bloody puppet juntas in Central America like those of General Anastasio Somoza García in Nicaragua. US President Franklin D Roosevelt threw out a famous cynical bon mot concerning him, “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch”.

After the Second World War, Washington didn’t loosen its iron grip on Latin America; it still held it under its tight control. Subservient Latin American delegations at the UN comprised an infamous “voting machine”; it was one of Washington’s major policy tools in the early years of the Cold War. The Cuban Revolution was the first peal of thunder. The multiple, but unsuccessful, attempts to suppress it marked the beginning of the end for the empire south of the American border. A bloc of states chose to reject Washington’s diktatBrazil’s economic and political weight grew exponentially, Nicaragua broke free, Panama snatched the Panama Canal from America’s grip, and Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela went on to head an anti-American front in Latin America. All this became a nightmare for the proponents of the outmoded Monroe Doctrine. The 200-year-old American Empire is no more, never to return. Judging from their nervousness, the power élite in Washington is unaware or is unwilling to recognise that. So much the worse… for them!

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Valentin Zorin

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2013_03_19/203903965/

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Lest We Forget… It’s Been 30 Years Since the War for the Malvinas…

Argentine Malvinas War vet José Bratulich in front of the Argentine War Cemetery in Darwin in the Malvinas Islands (presently under British occupation).

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Thirty years ago, on 2 April 1982, Argentine forces landed in the Malvinas Islands, which were under British occupation. Britain launched a counter-attack with the full cooperation and support of the USA. Even though the Argentine position was correct, US influence saw to it that it was portrayed in the West as a cruel aggressor (even though Thatcher was the real warmonger in this instance). Ronald Reagan threw his full weight of support to Maggie, in one of the most shameful episodes in American history (it annulled the so-called Monroe Doctrine, as the USA aided a European aggressor in a strike at a country in the Americas). 624 Argentine soldiers, 255 British servicemen, and 3 civilians in the Malvinas died in the ensuing conflict. Their blood is on Slobberin’ Ronnie’s and Maggie Thatcher‘s hands… and neither one was ashamed of it.

The Malvinas remain under the British boot. They’re Argentine territory… always were… always will be… no matter how many “kelpers” squat there.

BMD

Monday, 27 September 2010

A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin… The End of an Empire

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One of the most important countries of Latin America, Mexico, is celebrating a historical date that marks the start of its history. Two hundred years ago, this Latin American country overthrew Spanish colonial rule and an independent state of Mexico appeared on the map. However, the festive pealing of the bells didn’t squelch the ambitions of Mexico’s powerful northern neighbour. Soon after the firing died away in the Mexican War of Independence, the eighth President of the United States, James Monroe, initiated a doctrine that guided Washington over the nearly two centuries that followed. According to a resolution passed by the US Congress in December 1823, “The United States takes on sole responsibility for maintaining order in the Western Hemisphere, and other countries cannot interfere in the affairs of Latin America”. This policy became known as the “Monroe Doctrine”. The US backed these words with military force. In 1846, American troops invaded Mexico, beginning a brief, but bloody, US-Mexican War, which resulted in Mexico losing vast territories now included in the American state such as New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and part of California. Most American school textbooks gloss over this chapter in US history. Moreover, there was no mention of it in Washington’s greetings on the 200th anniversary of the Mexican state. However, covering up historical facts with a veil of silence doesn’t change history.

In an effort to enhance the Monroe Doctrine, in 1898 the United States attacked a weakened Spain and annexed Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. For nearly two centuries, Washington regarded Latin America as its “backyard”. These so-called “champions of democracy” on the banks of the Potomac backed local gauleiters as bosses in the Latin American countries, who were some of the world’s cruellest dictators. Among them was François Duvalier, nicknamed Papa Doc, and his Tonton Macoute bullyboys in Haiti, Batista in Cuba, and Pinochet in Chile. About bloody Nicaraguan dictator General Anastasio Somoza García, President Roosevelt uttered a well-known cynical phrase, “Of course, Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch”.

Washington never came to terms with what it sees as major foreign policy failures. One of the most serious of these failures was the popular uprising in Cuba that toppled the American puppet Batista, establishing a régime independent of the USA. The US made dozens of assassination attempts against Fidel Castro, and the brutal blockade of “the Island of Freedom” persists, after nearly half a century. The people’s revolution in Cuba plunged the US establishment into a panic. It was the first sign of a new era, as Nicaragua, Chile, and behind them, one after the other, Latin American countries began to break out from under the repression of American colonialism. Today, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez heads what we might call an “anti-American alliance of sovereignties” south of the US border. Brazil rejected American hegemony, and is now one of the “young economic tigers”. Argentina, Mexico, and Ecuador are actively pursuing increased economic and political strength.

The notorious American “political machine” in the early years of the United Nations, which allowed Washington to railroad any resolution onto the submissive majority, with the aid of obedient delegates from the Latin American countries, has ceased to exist. Today, it no longer has a meek majority from its “backyard” anymore; the so-called Monroe Doctrine is only a relic on display in a museum, for the American empire in Latin America is irretrievably gone. At the end of the day, Washington didn’t suffer its gravest strategic fiasco on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates or in the Vietnamese jungle, although those were important too, it happened when it lost its long-established capability of dominating the countries south of its borders. As Mexico celebrated its Independence Day, the countries of that crushed colonial empire chimed in to share in the celebrations.

23 September 2010

Valentin Zorin

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2010/09/23/22023290.html

 

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