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Many Latin Americans Are Up Against Despotic Rule in 2011

Many Latin Americans Are Up Against Despotic Rule in 2011

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Is there a future for continued democracy in Latin America?
Is there a future for continued democracy in Latin America?

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Published by: Jerry E. Brewer, Sr. on Jan 06, 2011
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Column 010311 Brewer
 
Monday, January 3, 2011
 
Many Latin Americans are Up Against Despotic Rule in2011By Jerry Brewer
 
In what has traditionally been a popular annual themethroughout the Americas
the question, is there a future forcontinued democracy in Latin America, may not now be themost pressing concern in the New Year.
 
While there are South and Central American nations thatcontinue to demonstrate unstable positions of democraticgovernment, many of these countries have demonstrated evenweaker enforcement of law and order. Moreover, severalnations are also experiencing destabilizing and counterdemocratization trends.It is important for Latin Americans to continue to genuinelyreflect on the true issues of real democracy, as their electedgovernments posture to address other serious conflict anduncertainty.With t
he region’s varying levels of democracy —
and thosethat are purely façades, democracy will continue to serve asan important legitimizing force of government. A free press,respect for human rights, and free and competitive elections,all serve as critical checks and balances on potential abusesof power and give real meaning to the concept of self-government and sovereignty. Consequently, remainingdemocratic must be a priority for those wishing to be free oftyranny.
 
What possibly could be a more pressing issue thanmaintaining pure democracy? One of the first issues thatcomes to mind, with factual perspective and much evidencedemonstrated, is the potential threat to hemispheric and U.S.security with the growing influence and involvement of Iran inthe region. Concern and fear did not wane recently whenelected government officials in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil,Ecuador, and Uruguay joined ranks and voted to support aPalestinian state.Evidence of leftist government support came when an earlyadvi
sor and “global political strategist” to President Hugo
Chavez of Venezuela, Norberto Ceresole, advised that Latin
America “must forge alliances with Arab nations to fight
 
against the U.S.,” and what he called “the Jewish financialmafia.” Chavez subsequen
tly played a major role at the firstSouth American-Arab Summit in Brazil, attacking the U.S. andIsrael as the chief enemies of Latin America.
 
Nicaragua’s leftist President Daniel Ortega has continued the
rhetoric from the beginning of his presidential campaigncomeback, after being voted from power over 15 years ago.
He spoke of the “evils of capitalism and the U.S.” He alsoemphasized, “The U.S. no longer rules Latin America. TheYankees no longer rule Nicaragua.”
 
Ortega, like many of his leftist leader supporters, is also tryingto extend presidential term limits (to a third term) beyondestablished constitutional provisions. In almost comicalfashion, in which he addressed the recent Costa Rican andNicaraguan dispute of the border at the mouth of the San JuanRiver, Ortega accused Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama,Mexico and Colombia of representing the interests ofnarcotraffickers.
Costa Rica’s strong international support prompted Ortega toannounce, “Drug traffickers are directing Costa Rica's forei
gnpolicy." He claimed that the Nicaraguan soldiers deployed inthe disputed border region are there to fight the war on drugs.He said any country that opposes Nicaragua's militarypresence in the area must therefore be defending the interestsof narcotraffickers. The major flap on this incident wasallegedly due to a group of Nicaraguans dredging the riverwho set up camp on the Costa Rican side, backed by about 50soldiers.
 
As leftist leaders throughout the Americas continue theirefforts to centralize both political and economic power in theirown hands to the detriment of their countries' democraticinstitutions, Mexico continues to fight a transnational battleagainst drug traffickers and criminals of organized crime withintheir homeland. Recent small bombs placed on cars in Mexicoraises even more fears of eventual far larger and more deadlyvehicle-borne explosive devices being utilized, due to theprogressive nature demonstrated by these organized criminalsso far in the use of superior armament.
In 2011, the Mexican government pledges to “continue its all
-
out assault on Mexico’s cartels.” Their basic premise, with
much merit, is that their strategies have succeeded in
weakening Mexico’s drug cartels, although the U.S. drug
demand remains voracious for product. Mexico is also
witness, and contrary to the opinion of some, that the “war ondrugs is key to the prohibitionist paradigm.” Mexico knows
that their rates of murder, kidnapping for ransom, robbery,human trafficking, and related violent crime, which are out ofcontrol, would not simply stop if drugs were legal. They facean enemy that seeks to control and rule the Mexicanhomeland.
 

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