Thursday, October 11, 2007

Iran and Latin America

Check out Time for a surprisingly insightful look at the relationship between Iran and Bolivia, emphasizing the fact that Evo Morales has almost nothing in common with Ahmadinejad and is just looking out for Bolivia’s economic interests. It also notes the ways in which the U.S. government has discriminated against MAS.

Then there’s this article in Foreign Policy about the relationship between Iran and Venezuela. It is among the worst analyses I’ve seen in some time, based almost entirely on rumors. You know an article is worthless when it constantly uses words like mystery, sinister, whispers, rumors and—my favorite—oozing. Check it out if you’re in the mood for a little paranoia.

There is nothing to applaud about Ahmadinejad and I wish he would receive no lauding as he deserves none. Nonetheless, an Iranian relationship with any Latin American country does not signify the end of civilization as we know it.


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