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Carlos Alberto Montaner says Americans conceived the Alliance for Progress and the Peace Corps to counteract Moscow's influence. But those incentives to stimulate international solidarity no longer exist.

 Carlos Alberto Montaner says Americans conceived the Alliance for Progress and the Peace Corps to counteract Moscow's influence. But those incentives to stimulate international solidarity no longer exist.

Objectively speaking, all Washington sees south of the Rio Grande is a bunch of backward countries that sell raw materials or farm products but have an ever-decreasing share of international trade and are practically nonexistent in the scientific, academic, military and financial fields. They -- we -- count for little in the big questions being debated worldwide.

Carlos Alberto Montaner says Americans conceived the Alliance for Progress and the Peace Corps to counteract Moscow's influence. But those incentives to stimulate international solidarity no longer exist.

Region Is Irrelevant To The U.S.
Carlos Alberto Montaner

«The truth is that nobody pays attention to Chávez. Why? Because Chávez, Castro and Morales -- despite the folksy, verbal pyrotechnics they like to flash -- are irrelevant.»

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez threatens President Bush and insults Condoleezza Rice and nobody in Washington pays any attention. Chávez meets with his ''brother,'' Evo Morales, or with his spiritual father, Fidel Castro, to plan the conquest of the planet or the galaxy beginning with Latin America (if they have enough Leninist fervor that day), and The New York Times publishes a four-line item on Page 48, next to a story about a guy who swears that he was kidnapped by Martians who forced him to drink whiskey all weekend long.

The truth is that nobody pays attention to Chávez. Why? The answer came from political scientist George Friedman in a recent column: because Chávez, Castro and Morales -- despite the folksy, verbal pyrotechnics they like to flash -- are irrelevant.

True, Chávez sells 16 percent of the crude oil imported by the United States, but -- his bark notwithstanding -- he has no better customers for his merchandise than the Americans. In turn, the United States sees an oil-producing country with which it can do business, regardless of the hostility and the verbal abuse emanating from the man who rules and manages it.

After all, what the United States wants from Venezuela is not the courtesy of its politicians but the fuel it can buy there.

Friedman goes beyond Venezuela in his cold analysis of the relations between the U.S. and South America, however. Seen from Washington's perspective, the whole region is irrelevant, he writes, except for the immigration problem, which is a matter that affects principally its links with Mexico.

Objectively speaking, all Washington sees south of the Rio Grande is a bunch of backward countries that sell raw materials or farm products but have an ever-decreasing share of international trade and are practically nonexistent in the scientific, academic, military and financial fields. They -- we -- count for little in the big questions being debated worldwide.

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During the Cold War, when the game was zero-sum and every country that moved into the Soviet sphere meant a loss for the West, the Americans conceived the Alliance for Progress and the Peace Corps to counteract Moscow's influence. But those incentives to stimulate international solidarity no longer exist. Prevailing in the world today is the absolute freedom to leap into the abyss.

©FIRMAPRESS

Carlos Alberto Montanerís syndicated column appears in dozens of newspapers in the United States, Latin America and Spain.





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