Colombia (and Cardoso)

Ivonaldo Neres Leite ivonaldo.leite at
Thu Aug 31 11:43:29 MDT 2000


Thanks for your commentaries. As you know, I am in Portugal and so I don´t
have many sources. Sometimes I need to resort to some Brazilian comrades.
Luego, muitas gracias.

A hug,
Ivonaldo Leite

> Ivonaldo has put in the correct perspective an issue that is clearly
> pointing to a Vietnamization of the Latin American situation. It is
> precisely _because_ Clinton and the whole establishment say that
> "this is not Viet Nam" that we positively know IT IS. Now, let them
> come, let them come and they will be swallowed by Latin America as by
> an anaconda!
> But what I wanted to comment is that Ivonaldo is not paying enough
> attention to the efforts at joint surveillance by Brazil and
> Venezuela along the Colombian border. This is not exactly what one
> would do, but this is something quite different than "silence".
> I want to stress, however, that I understand his impatience and rage
> with such a government as that of Cardoso, the despicable son of a
> bitch. It is always hard to admit that others can be worse than our
> own sons of a bitch, as I was telling some Brazilian friend of mine a
> couple of days ago. But Cardoso on this Colombian question (or at
> least the military command) is behaving reasonably well, as compared,
> say, with Argentina or Peru.
> In fact, the consequences of direct USA involvement in tha anti-
> Marulanda war (look at the declarations of the chief of the
> paramilitary, narcos themselves, to understand where does the whole
> thing point to if  you were not convinced as yet) are probably the
> ones Ivonaldo is stating here:
> So that I am twice as surprised not to see him perceiving the strong
> red thread that links these considerations with the fact that a "well
> behaving" country such as Brazil coordinates military work on the
> Colombian borders of Amazonia with a "potential rogue state" such as
> the Venezuela of Chávez.
> Cheer up, Ivonaldo: being an Argentinian, I know it is not the most
> comfortable of the positions, but the fact is that yours is the best
> positioned country in South America, and thus even repugnant
> governments such as that of Cardoso can be better than we would admit
> ourselves! Just compare the whole scenario...
> A hug,
> Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
> gorojovsky at

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