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Subject: Re: BLOCKING A NEW AXIS OF EVIL Constantine C. Menges
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 11:04:27 +0200
Organization: Guest of TISCALI - FRANCE
NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 09:04:24 +0000 (UTC)
o for god s sake ,, why dont you just declare anyone at all who is opposed
to your policies as evil ? you got a message from god to decide who is evil
and who is not ? please let us know of your revelations ,
"Pedro Martori" a écrit dans le message de news:
> Asunto: BLOCKING A NEW AXIS OF EVIL Constantine C. Menges
> Fecha: Wednesday, October 23, 2002 3:47 PM
> BLOCKING A NEW AXIS OF EVIL
> Constantine C. Menges
> A new terrorist and nuclear weapons/ballistic missile threat
> may well come from an axis including Cuba's Fidel Castro,
> the Chavez regime in Venezuela and a newly elected radical
> president of Brazil, all with links to Iraq, Iran and China.
> Visiting Iran last year. Mr. Castro said: "Iran and Cuba can
> bring America to its knees," while Chavez expressed his
> admiration for Saddam Hussein during a visit to Iraq.
> The new axis is still preventable, but if the pro-Castro
> candidate is elected president of Brazil, the results could
> include a radical regime in Brazil re-establishing its
> nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs, developing
> close links to state sponsors of terrorism such as Cuba,
> Iraq and Iran, and participating in the destabilization of
> fragile neighboring democracies. This could lead to 300
> million people in six countries coming under the control of
> radical anti-U.S. regimes and the possibility that thousands
> of newly indoctrinated terrorists might try to attack the
> United States from Latin America. Yet, the administration in
> Washington seems to be paying little attention.
> Brazilians will hold presidential elections in October, and
> if current polling is any guide the winner could be a
> pro-Castro radical with extensive ties to international
> terrorism. His name is Luis Inacio da Silva, the
> presidential candidate of the Workers Party who is currently
> at about 40 percent in the polls. The Communist candidate is
> second with 25 percent and the pro-democratic contender is
> at about 14 percent.
> Mr. da Silva makes no secret of his sympathies. He has been
> an ally of Mr. Castro for more than 25 years. With Mr.
> Castro's support, Mr.da Silva founded the Sao Paulo Forum in
> 1990 as an annual meeting of communist and other radical
> terrorist and political organizations from Latin America,
> Europe and the Middle East. This has been used to coordinate
> and plan terrorist and political activities around the world
> and against the United States. The last meeting was held in
> Havana, Cuba in December 2001. It involved terrorists from
> Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, and sharply
> condemned the Bush administration and its actions against
> international terrorism.
> Like Mr. Castro, Mr. da Silva blames the United States and
> "neo-liberalism" for all the real social and economic
> problems still facing Brazil and Latin America. Mr. Da Silva
> has called the Free Trade Area of the Americas a plot by the
> United States to "annex" Brazil, and he has said that the
> international lenders who seek repayment of their $250
> billion in loans are "economic terrorists." He has also said
> that those who are moving their money out of Brazil because
> they fear his regime are "economic terrorists." This gives a
> hint about the kind of "war against terrorism" his regime
> will conduct.
> Brazil is a vast, richly endowed country, nearly the size of
> the United States with a population of about 180 million and
> the world's eighth largest economy (with a GDP of more than
> $1.1 trillion). It could soon become one of the world's
> nuclear armed powers as well. Between 1965 and 1994, the
> military actively worked to develop nuclear weapons, it
> successfully designed two atomic bombs and was reportedly on
> the verge of testing one nuclear device when a newly elected
> democratic government and a Brazilian congressional
> investigation caused the program to be shut down.
> That investigation revealed, however, that the military had
> sold eight tons of uranium to Iraq in 1981. It is also
> reported that after Brazil's successful ballistic missile
> program was ended, the general and 24 of the scientists
> working on it went to work for Iraq. There are reports that
> with financing from Iraq, a nuclear weapons capability has
> been covertly maintained contrary to directives from the
> civilian democratic leaders.
> Mr. da Silva has said Brazil should have nuclear weapons and
> move closer to China, which has been actively courting the
> Brazilian military. China has sold Brazil enriched uranium
> and has invested in the Brazilian aerospace industry,
> resulting in a joint imagery/reconnaissance satellite.
> Brazil shares common borders with 10 other countries in
> South America. This would help da Silva to emulate - as he
> has said he would - the foreign policy of the pro-Castro and
> pro-Iraq Chavez regime in Venezuela, which has provided
> support to the communist narco-terrorist FARC in Colombia as
> well as other anti-democratic groups in other South American
> countries. Hugo Chavez worked with Mr. Castro to temporarily
> destabilize the fragile democracy in Ecuador two years ago.
> Now both support the radical socialist leader of the cocaine
> growers, Evo Morales, who hopes to become president of
> Bolivia this August.
> Along with helping the communist guerrillas take power in
> the embattled democracy in Colombia, a da Silva regime in
> Brazil would be well situated to aide communists,
> narco-terrorists and other anti-democratic groups in
> destabilizing the fragile democracies of Bolivia, Ecuador
> and Peru, as well as to exploit the deep economic crisis in
> Argentina and Paraguay.
> Further, a da Silva regime is likely to default on its debt,
> causing a sharp economic downturn in all of Latin America,
> thereby increasing the vulnerability of its democracies.
> This could also trigger a second phase of economic downturn
> in the United Staes as export markets contracted.
> A Castro-Chavez-da Silva axis would mean linking 43 years of
> Fidel Castro's political warfare against the United States
> with the oil wealth of Venezuela and the nuclear weapons/
> ballistic missile and economic potential of Brazil.
> Come our own elections in November 2004, Americans may ask:
> Who lost South America? The United States was politically
> passive during the Clinton administration, when it ignored
> the pleas of Venezuela's democratic leaders for help in
> opposing the anti-constitutional and illegal actions of Mr.
> Chavez and also ignored his public alliances with state
> sponsors of terrorism. Why can't the Bush administration act
> before 20 years of democratic gains in Latin America were
> allowed to be reversed? Why can't anything be done before a
> vast new southern flank is opened up in the terrorist threat
> and our nation menaced by one more radical anti-American
> regime intent on acquiring nuclear weapons and ballistic
> This disaster for U.S. national security and for the people
> of Latin America must and can be averted if our policy
> makers act quickly and decisively, but they must do so now.
> Timely political attention and actions by the United States
> and other democracies should include encouragement for the
> pro-democratic parties in Brazil to unify behind an honest,
> capable political leader who can represent the hopes of the
> majority of Brazilians for genuine democracy and who has the
> resources to mount an effective national campaign.
> Constantine C. Menges, a senior fellow with the Hudson
> Institute, is a former National Security Council member. >>
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