From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: Beware the Looming Threat From the South
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Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2002 00:44:51 -0400
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Asunto: Beware the Looming Threat From the South
Fecha: Sunday, October 06, 2002 11:57 PM
Lawmakers: Beware the Looming Threat From the South
Dave Eberhart, NewsMax.com
Monday, Oct. 7, 2002
A group of congress members concerned by the opinion poll lead of
Inacio Lula da Silva, presidential candidate of the Worker's
Party in Brazil
and vocal critic of Brazil's adherence to the Treaty on the
Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, has sent a letter to
outlining their "grave concern."
The letter, which was copied to vice president Richard Cheney,
state Colin Powell, secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld, and
security advisor Condoleezza Rice, requests that the state
Lula da Silva's comments and "assess the threat that his policy
U.S. and hemispheric security."
The framers of the letter, which include Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind.,
Chris Smith, R-N.J., hones in on a September 13, 2002 statement
by da Silva
that compliance with the NPT "would make sense only if all
already have [nuclear] weapons also gave them up."
The presidential candidate continued, "if someone asks me to
disarm and keep
a slingshot and he comes at me with a cannon, what good does that
concluded his remarks by stating, "all of us developing countries
holding a slingshot while they have atomic bombs."
Also voicing distress with da Silva's associations with radical
movements around the world, the writers note that in 1990 da
cooperating with the communist regime of Castro in Cuba,
leftist, anti-globalization group called the Forum of Sao Paulo.
"This ensemble, which has liaised with communist and radical
movements from around the world, held its most recent meeting in
2001, in Havana, Cuba," the letter states.
In summing up, the congress members warn, "The leadership of Mr.
da Silva in
this annual gathering of communist and radical organizations and
his long-standing close relations with, and admiration for, the
dictator and sponsor of terrorism, Fidel Castro; and recent
regarding nuclear non-proliferation, raise grave questions
international policies a government of Brazil might pursue under
Expert Agrees With Threat
The election in October of radical Luis Ignacio da Silva as
Brazil could trigger the spread of anti-U.S. dictatorships in
that would hold sway over as many as 300 million people and boost
potential of terror attacks on the U.S. from the south, warns
Institute scholar Constantine C. Menges.
Menges fears that under da Silva, giant Brazil, a republic
friendly to the
U.S., will become "the focal point for political and military
the Communist narco-guerillas in Colombia and to anti-democratic
seeking to overturn potentially fragile democracies in Bolivia,
Peru - not to mention neighboring Argentina, already in the grip
"By the end of 2003, the United States might be faced with
regimes in most of South America," Menges concluded in the July
22 issue of
the Weekly Standard.
Behind da Silva, says Menges, stands a powerful Castro-Chavez
wants desperately to evolve into an even more powerful and
"Castro-da Silva-Chavez Axis," a moniker first coined by Treasury
Paul O'Neill, who has admitted that the potential election of da
him wary of "immense economic problems in all of Latin America."
The Chavez arm of the axis is, of course, Venezuelan President
who, according to Menges, has been and remains a key supporter of
Forging alliances with Iran, Iraq and Libya, Chavez has backed
guerrillas in Colombia and radical groups in Bolivia, Ecuador and
At the direction of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, Cuban operatives
bring Chavez back to power, and as a quid pro quo, says Menges,
provided Castro with free oil, probably in the value of $2
Da Silva has direct and intimate ties to Castro, says Menges. Da
Castro co-founded Forum of Sao Paulo back in 1990. Each year the
convenes a veritable Who's Who of communists, terrorists and
radical political movements from Latin America, Europe and the
"These annual meetings have been used by the participants to
their plans for taking power in their respective countries and
actions against the United States," explains Menges.
Such intrigues include the PLO, says Menges, which along with
of Hezbollah reportedly hide among the large Middle Eastern
Brazil and Venezuela.
He maintains that is a "strategic priority" for Castro and Chavez
to see da
Silva rise to power in Brazil, which has the world's
"Already Chavez is probably contributing millions, if not tens of
to da Silva out of the estimated $70 billion in oil revenues.."
Meanwhile, Menges adds, "It is a virtually certain that Castro is
hundreds, perhaps thousands, of his skilled political and
operatives to help da Silva win ."
According to Menges, da Silva will fit right in the Castro-Chavez
Silva is on record saying that Brazil should have nuclear
communist China and perceive its enormous foreign debt load as
than "economic terrorism."
Da Silva aside, there is already momentum in Brazil pushing it in
contrary to U.S. interests. For instance, after Brazil's
president exposed a
secret plan by the military to build an atomic bomb, it came to
elements of the military had secretly exported eight tons of
Menges also reports the defection to Iraq of 20 missile
scientists, who were
disgruntled after the cancellation of the country's ballistic
program in 1991.
Recent moves by Workers' Party nominee da Silva, such as naming
industrialist Sen. Jose Alencar as his vice presidential
promising to honor debt payments, contain inflation and maintain
surpluses, have given the appearance of a move to the center.
However, Menges says da Silva's real stripes are revealed best in
such as his labeling of President Bush's Free Trade Areas of the
"a USA annexation project."
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