April 20, 2006


Brazil joins Axis of Evil (with tacit US approval)

So you think the US Government's rhetoric against Iran is about enrichment of Uranium? Brazil has been quietly doing the same thing as Iran, with no criticism forthcoming from the Bush Administration. In fact, the US has done its utmost to hush up the Brazilian efforts, and to insist that they are about peaceful use of nuclear energy.

In reality, the parallel between Iran and Brazil is exact and unmistakable, except in the minds of the fanatical ideologues in Washington, who would use any excuse to further their geopolitical ambitions in the Middle East. Both Iran and Brazil have opted for independence from the Empire, so that they would not have to rely on the major capitalist nations to supply the nuclear fuel for their vital energy needs.

The right-winghers' rationalise this by saying that Brazil has not said they want nuclear weapons to attack the US.


Whingers? Yep.
I honestly feel Bush is actually a coward. Instead of standing tough on North Korea, he instead goes ahead and attacks Iraq even though all the unbias intelligence said Iraq had no WMD's. As for his saber rattling on Iran, I feel more than likely some face saving ploy will be setup by his cronies in the State Department and the military. But when the dust clears Iran will still have it's nuclear program.
He-llo! Thare is no stupidity in Bush´s plans, the yummy black oil is not in north Corea. Besides, what does he need aCorea being attacked? that´s just for capitalism propaganda "bad communist, we attack them, so we are good". Unless there are some other interest that I don´t know (which is very possible). And Bush doesn´t GO anywhere, so, he is not a coward at all, or he is a total coward at any case, sending soldiers to fight for his and his financial friends´s interests.

This is an interesting Blog, I´ll try to take a look periodically.
Brazil can do whatever brazilians want , its not USA business. In fact, the only country that should be penalized its USA, they have a lot of nuclear weapons.
just came across this blog while browsing... it's definitely not US business to mind about other countries' affairs (as ana said), justifying it as a preemptive measure (like in the middle east)... perhaps, US should look inside their own borders and solve the problems within before acting like the whole world is ready to attack them... it's like we're back to the westphalian years! i hope next US politicians get to be a bit more intellectualy evolved...
Your analysis is right on point. Washington's issue is not really with uranium enrichment. Rather, it seeks to maintain its hegemonic position in the Middle East, from where it recieves its vital petroleum supplies. Its concern with Iran's nuclear program is actually about maintaining a regional geopolitical advantage. Thus Brazil can persue a similar policy to Iran without drawing the same attention.

Washington's need for oil accounts for its shameful support of the Saudis and other regional despots, and was also behind the alliance with the corrupt Shah. With the Islamic Revolution, Iran overthrew the imperial devil's pact and grew into a rival regional power. Ironically, the US embargo has only enhanced its ability to operate independently from Washington.

Given history and Washington's interests in the region, Iran correctly judges that it must develop greater defense against an imperial reach. Thus it has set its eyes on the Bomb (or more likely, as the Japanese have done, the technology and know-how to make the Bomb on short order) as a deterrent to ensure national sovereignty.

Washington of course understands the purpose of this move, and objects. The disgrace of this whole episode, for someone like me who abhorrs nuclear weapons, is that it is all totally unncessary. If Washington had provided Tehran with security guarantees and taken honorable steps to build credibility in the past, Iran would perhaps have seen fit to redirect the huge sums of money necessary for a nuclear program to more pressing areas like social programs and economic development. And if Washington had followed the lead of Brazil's energy policies after the oil crisis of the 1970s, perhaps by now the US economy would be less dependent on Middle Eastern oil fields and the authoritarian dictatorships of Syria, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia would no longer be oppressing their people with the dollars of US tax payers.
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