Thursday, August 03, 2006

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.


Anonymous BlueBuffoon said...

Leftists have long been known for their, shall we say, flexibility in applying inflamatory invectives like "genocide"--let alone "fascist," "Nazi," "torture," etc., but we may have come to a particularly low point in such misuse of the language when you have someone like Chavez invoking the word "genocide" to describe the Israelis in the midst of a conflict in which the instigators and their allies are explicitly calling for the annihilation of not only the State of Israel but all Jews in general! Isn't this what the psychiatrists call projection?

Posted by BlueBuffoon

Friday, August 04, 2006 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous DL said...

Anti-US Coalition? You forgot France and most of those countries who's butts we saved a couple times in the last Century. 

Posted by DL

Sunday, August 06, 2006 2:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Hedgehog,
I found you via google: I was so concerned about Cuba's headless government (where's Raul?), and its coincidence with Iran's nuclear threats towards the US, that I sought out your forum.

I worry that Cuba would be a great foreward station for Iran’s threatened nuclear attack on North America. Sounds paranoid, huh?

But it is the timing that causes my concern. Chavez' recent world tour, Hezbollah incursions from Lebanese territory, the public threats from Iranian leaders, foggy signs that Teheran may already have a working nuclear device: all coincide with the sudden disappearance of the head-of-state of an antagonistic regime located only 60 miles from our shores.

With Castro’s successor in hiding, old Cuba has no accountable government right now. So, should a "non-state actor" nuke Miami from Cuban territory this week, the island-nation will enjoy the cover of "plausible deniability" in transnational fora after the attack. And in today's UN, weak or incompetent national governments (ie. failed states) aren’t held accountable for the actions of non-state actors within their jurisdictions anymore.

The Iranian tactic is: seek out a failed state (or a complicit one), then set up numerous, inter-operative militias under the guise of benevolent, NGO's. This tactic was on display in Lebanon after the Syrian "withdrawal", and, should Cuba qualify as "failed" - as it may today, Castro's close ties with Iran via Chavez should raise alarms.

The tactic offers a Castro-farian revolutionary ancillary benefits, too. Cuba could - in the UN’s unmoored moral culture - charge America with war-crimes and exact reparations for the bloody land-invasion that we would launch in response. And, just as Hezbollah's incursions into Isreal distracted the UN from Iran's nuclear program, the prospect of convicting an American president for war crimes would forestall the American and British attempts to introduce accountability into the U.N. To a transnational leftist and radical Islamist - this is all good!

What if Raul is biding his time, waiting until after the nuke hits Florida, to take the reigns of Cuba's presidency just so he can pretend ignorance that those Venezuelan "exchange students" that arrived in '05 were really Iranian agents?

Headless Cuban "state" meet "non-state actor" with tactical nukes? Until Raul steps forward, I’m going to be uneasy every time Iran’s president threatens America with nuclear attack.

Posted by Steve

Sunday, August 06, 2006 10:28:00 AM  

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