The Emerging Anti-US Coalition: Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, North Korea
The Cold War was often rather hot; it included major armed conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East, as well as hundreds of brush wars fought worldwide by the proxies of the United States and the Soviet Union. The United States won the Cold War, the Soviet Union disintegrated, and one pundit prematurely pronounced the "end of history."
History has made a comeback with a vengeance. The main foe now in a new war against the U.S. and its Western allies is Islamic jihadism. The enemy controls Iran, it once controlled Afghanistan, it just took over Somalia, it threatens to take over Pakistan, Iraq and Lebanon, and its agents and proxies foment anti-Western violence across the world.
However, the Islamists are not above alliances with non-Islamic governments. The photo at left was taken in Iran during the visit last month of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Ahmadinejad awarded Chavez the “First Grade Medallion of Honour of the Islamic Republic of Iran” (which may be the blue ribbon and bow that Chavez is wearing in the photo at the left) for his "outstanding efforts against imperialism," the Iranian News Agency Fars reported. Chavez also met with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
But Tehran was not the only stop on President Chavez's recent journey. Chavez's tour took him to Argentina, Belarus, Russia, Qatar, Iran, Vietnam, Mali and Benin. While in Iran, Chavez called the Israeli offensive in Lebanon a "fascist outrage."
Chavez is clearly engaged in building an anti-American coalition. It already includes Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Belarus. Russia and China are perched caustiously on the sidelines, maitaining a show of neutrality, but surreptitiously giving aid to the enemies of the U.S. France and much of Western Europe have reassumed the craven neutrality that chracterized those nations during the late stages of the Cold War. Great Britain, Australia, and Israel fully back the US.
As reported in the Jerusalem Post, today Chavez recalled the Venezuelan Ambassador to Israel, to show his "indignation" over the military offensive in Lebanon. "We have ordered the withdrawal of our ambassador in Israel," Chavez said in a televised speech, calling Israeli attacks in Lebanon "genocide."
Any one with clear eyesight can see who America's enemies are, and who are its allies.