[Marxism] Chavez in Tehran (Re: To Yoshie was Re: ImperialismOldand New)

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Fri Jul 28 05:34:26 MDT 2006

Yoshie wrote:  "Today is Hugo Chávez Frías's birthday.  He will arrive in
Tehran this evening, beginning his three-day visit to the country.  I want
Iranians and Arabs, Shiites and Sunnis, especially youths among them, to
hear what he has to say.  I want them to want to study Latin America, visit
it, make friends with Latin Americans.  I want them to come up with their
own regional project comparable to what's going on in Latin America."

Paul H. Dillon replied, "This is a very a-historical wish. The forces that
have been pushing Latin American countries toward socialist alternatives,
and continental unification, for the past 50 to 100 years, simply don't
exist in the Middle East"

And yet, the proximity of Latin America to the U.S. has left those forces
that have drawing the region to socialism very much dependent on the extent
to which the U.S. was diverted to events elsewhere.  This created a peculiar
dialectic after the 1979 revolutions in Iran and Nicaragua, very different
events in that the former was largely shaped by the west.  Both represented
something of a religious repudiation of secular values.  Not only were the
Sandinistas aware that their revolution took place through a window of
opportunity, but U.S. rulers set aside the constitutional, diplomatic, and
legal requirements of government to link the two regions in what even the
slow-witted media agreed to call the "Iran-Contra" scandal.

Nothing taking place in Latin America today would be possible without the
preoccupation of U.S. attention and resources in Iraq and Afghanistan and,
by proxy, Gaza and Lebanon.  If Latin Americans recognize this, there
doesn't seem to me to be anything inherently far-fetched in expecting the
peoples of the Mid-east to recognize it.

Mark L.

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