TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT | BUSH TOURS LATIN AMERICA TO COUNTER THE CHAVEZ FACTOR
By Led Black
Sometimes in relationships a person loses interest in their long-time partner and it is only when someone else starts to pay attention to that partner that the flames of loves are rekindled. That, in a nutshell, is the reason that President Bush is now on a tour of Latin America that began this past Thursday. Since the Bush administration came to power in 2000 they have treated Latin America as a mere backwater to be used, abused and taken for granted. The process has only accelerated since 9/11, as Bush’s War on Terror has taken center stage.
Then along came Chavez. In early 2002, the Bush administration supported a coup that ousted Hugo Chavez from power as a way of squashing the ideas and the movement that the young upstart was trying to put in place. The anti-democratic putsch lasted all of 2 days as the people of Venezuela took the streets and re-installed their elected leader. The fact that the U.S. aided and abetted the overthrow of a democratically elected government only strengthened Chavez’s growing appeal to not only Latin America but also the entire world. The illegal, immoral and disastrous invasion of Iraq has further fanned the flames of Anti-Americanism and Bush is seen as the embodiment of American power run amok.
Bush’s five-nation tour to combat the growing popularity of Hugo Chavez is off to a rocky start. Protests, melees and riots have broken out at every country along the way. Chavez, not be outdone, is conducting his very own tour of Latin America as a way of contrasting their different agendas for the region. A testament to the growing resentment the Bush visit has generated is the fact Mayan priests in Guatemala will purify a sacred Mayan archaeological site to cleanse the “bad spirits” after Bush’s visit there is completed to ensure their revered ancestors can continue to rest in peace. Juan Tiney, the director of a Mayan NGO has this to say, "That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan people and their culture." Damn, things done changed!!!