American intention to split Brazil?

crebello crebello at
Sun May 14 19:42:16 MDT 2000

> Nestor wrote:

> Other  interests are at stake, not the

> last of them the intention of the United States to destroy Brazil as

> an eventual rallying point for Latin Americans, or at least South
> Americans. Brazil shares Amazonian borders with the Guyanas (and
> Suriname), Venezuela, Colombia, Perú, and Bolivia. Controlling the
> Amazonia is, from the point of view of geopolitics, a way to control
> Brazilian eventual expansion to the Caribbean.
> It is not a matter of "subimperialisms" now. The recent moves of
> Chávez -who is proposing direct pipe line connection between
> Venezuela and Brazil- and the interest of the Brazilian military to
> have a saying in the Colombian process (a saying that strongly
> differs from the American one, because while Brazil is interested in
> peace in Colombia, a huge part of the American military are
> interested in a new, enlarged Viet Nam) are strong enough, IMHO, for
> the USA to begin seriously thinking of an intervention (under cloak,
> perhaps) in the Amazon Basin.
> I hope we can have interesting interventions from our Brazilian list
> members. This Amazonia issue is far from a minor one.
> Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
> gorojovsky at

As usual, Nestor has presented the case superbly, and I do not now if I can add
something... But
the facts are that:

(1) The only reason for Argentina not joining outrightly the FTAA, after dollarising
its economy,
is exactly the existence of the Mercosur and the fact that the such dollarisation
would be
entirely harmful to Brazilian economic interests;

(2) Now, the existence of increasing economic exchanges between Brazil and both
Bolivia and
Venezuela - centered above all on pipeline connections (a natural gas pipeline between
Bolivia and
Brazil being scheduled to enter in operation this year) - will give room to increased
talk about
the creation of a Merconorte, as the northern counterpart of the Mercosur - that is, a
union that would tie the economies of the N. South American countries to Brazil -
precluding further dollarisation and the inclusion of said countries in the FTAA.
Also, Venezuela
has a kind of common market with various Caribbean and Central American countries,
that would
gravitate around any future Merconorte. Add to this the increasing level of political
strife - in
very different proportions, of course - in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia, and we get all
kinds of
thereats to the prospects of a direct American economic hegemony through FTAA.

(3) Also, we have a more intersting problem...Until now, Latin American nationalism,
from a
leftist viewpoint, seemed to be a dead end, since it seemed to direct contradict
working class
internationalism.BTW, today, the Rio de Janeiro paper *Jornal do Brazil* published an
article by
the oldtimer nationalist, aged 103 - but still clear-headed - Barbosa Lima Sobrinho,
that went on
the point that, after the Bolshevik revolution, Trotsky had been the mouthpiece for
all kinds of
internationalist appeals, that, according to Mr. Barbosa Lima, could be nothing else
but a
naivety, since no national political community will surrender its own interests in
favour of an
alien community. The emergence of the Mercosur, however, creates the possibility of a
relay between nationalism and plein internationalism, namely the possibility of a
nationalism based on the idea of the regional supranational interest, opening thus the
of somekind of a confederacy of Lat-Am. republics - eventually, a confederacy of
Socialist LA
republics, who knows?

(4) Of course, that does not means that Brazilian landowners should be allowed to burn
rainforest to their hearts' content. But any international action for the protection
of the
rainforest should have in mind the fact that such protection depends upon progressive
in the internal political lives of Brazil and her neighboring countries, and not upon
"humanitarian" international intervention.

Carlos Rebello

More information about the Marxism mailing list