Let me give you a preview on this article I wrote. Remember how I said in my first entry that I have a lot of good ideas, but I seldom write them down? Well, one night I was having a discussion with Dan about our place in the world. I brought up a couple of points that he liked, and told me to write them down. He wanted to publish it on his blog. It took me a couple of days to write, and I never gave it to him. So, I decided to jot it down here. This is my take on what's going on around us that doesn't seem to be getting much press, but I find troubling. Here it goes:
Spain just elected one, and so did Austria. What am I talking about? Socialists governments. The world seems more chaotic now since the United States has thrown itself into the wildfire. But the question is what's really brewing into the background? It's not what the US is doing abroad; it's the actions other governments are taking against the US that are not being noticed.
Let's take a closer look, into our own hemisphere. "Fifty-five percent of people polled in Latin America would support the replacement of democratic government with an authoritarian one." (Hoge, Warren NYT) That's alarming! How come our efforts to spread democracy hasn't entirely caught on? Well, I could give you a history lesson on how the Spaniards' legacy has left Latin America unstable, but the great power of the north has not been that helpful, either.
Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez are also a factor in Latin America. Their presence gives other Latin American countries a different outlook on how governments could be run. The idea of spreading a revolution that the peasantry has control of is very enticing. Especially, to a population where the illiteracy rate is extremely high. This gives them a sense of control that they normally would not have.
Let's take a look at Chile. It is hated among Latin American countries, especially Bolivia. These two countries have a history together of when they fought a war back in 1879. Bolivia lost land as a result of this war, and has since despised Chile. Another reason Chile is despised is because it is a "hypercapitalist state at a time when Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Uruguay are all moving leftward and questioning free trade and open markets." (Rohter, Larry NYT) As the New York Times article points out, Chile is isolated among its neighbors and looking beyond its borders for economic stability and growth.
Another article I found from the BBC about Chile states that Chile is looking at Indonesia to import natural gas. This is because Argentina has cut exports to Chile up to twenty percent, according to the BBC. This not all that is going on, "the Bolivian government signed a export gas deal with Argentina, but it prohibits Bolivian gas being resold to Chile." (BBC News)
It seems to me that Chile is being targeted for following the democratic ideal. Latin American countries have always mistrusted each other and this has kept them from expanding economically. Now what appears to be happening is that they're unifying, but directly against what Chile stands for. This is a dangerous situation that the US should start worrying about. Another troubling aspect is the guerilla tactics that these countries are accustomed to fighting, which are the same tactics Al-Qaida and Islamic extremists are experts at.
Let's look at the other side of the globe. Spain elects a socialist government and decides to remove its troops from the Iraq war. This is definitely an act of rebellion against the US. They are now so dead against anything the US is involved in that they are refusing to send troops back into Iraq even if the United Nation orders it. Austria is another country that just elected a socialist government. I also do not have to mention the French. Everyone knows how they feel about the US. The anti-American sentiment is increasingly expanding, and we should begin to examine it closer. Between the Islamic extremists and socialist governments, we have a potential situation that could threaten our freedom.