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Sunday, August 13, 2006

COLUMN: LATIN AMERICA STEPS UP ANTI-ISRAELI RHETORIC

BUENOS AIRES -- One of the things that struck me the most during visits to Argentina and other Latin American countries in recent weeks was the growing anti-Israeli sentiment -- and the simultaneous tolerance of Hezbollah terrorism -- in many parts of the region. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez recently compared Israel's attacks on Hezbollah terrorists to Adolf Hitler's planned killings of millions of civilians in World War II. Read the entire column here.

12 Comments:

Blogger roberto e said...

You are holding up a mirror for the Latin world too see and they are not looking
because they do not have any more guts than the Western Power critics of Poland and Czechoslavakia telling them to be reasonable right before Hitler invaded them and then telling them to be patient when it was Stalin's turn

THe critiscism is based on since Israel is the USA's friend then they must be wrong. It is a way to snub the USA by attacking its ally.
Keeping Holding up the mirror for those of us to recognize Cowardice and Bigotry when we see it
Good Job

10:55 PM  
Blogger roberto e said...

I forgot to mention, that most of these persons you mention all love Fidel Castro as well

Its just another venting of Anti Americanism whether by bolstering Fidel,Che, Raul and the 47 years of terror they represent or
by Attacking Israel.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Boli-Nica said...

I would say it extends far from just the left in Latin America, you can see it from the coverage in Latin American newspapers. This is the product of several factors: 1, as Roberto mentioned the current feelings of anti-Americanism, which identifies Israel as a US proxy, 2.Some Latin Americans identify with the Palestinians and now the Lebanese as "underdogs", 3. Many prominent Latin Americans of Middle Eastern origin, that might influence coverage. i.e. in El Salvador the right wing president is of Palestinian origin. 4. There is an undercurrent of anti-semitism in Latin America, sanctioned by Church and King in Colonial period, reinforced last century by Henry Ford who supplied Spanish translations of the Protocols of Zion, and to the German/Nazi influence which was pervasive within South American military's in the 30's, and on a larger scale to civil society through massive propaganda efforts.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you include in your analysis the fact that Brazil (Sao Paulo) holds the largest lebanese community outside of Lebanon the 'anti-israeli' claim could be better understood. Like New York has a large community of jews, the majority in Sao Paulo and other Latam cities are from Lebanon.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andres
Thanks to say "anti-israeli" instead of "anti-semitism".

In Argentina (the country with the highest percentage of jewish and muslims outside middle east) the goverment and the intellectual community critice the American policies with the oil rich nations (Arabs an South americas countries)

Israel is an important part of its strategy. Is not a matter of religion. Is just business. Oil business. George W. business.

9:59 AM  
Blogger tiempodefotos said...

Im not against Chavez even though, im not leftist, but trying to find allies in the US enemies files is a big mistake,is the big mistake of the left not to understand that being anti-USA doesnt mean being "good", USA is the empire of the moment , but is not the first in human history and it will not be the last, the world is a struggle for domination, that includes China, Rusia, UE, and the clear expansion of the islam, if the US desapears the world struggle for domination would be between countries of similar , force ,Chavez and Iran only have in common the anti-US ideas that s all, like Stalin, Churchill,Roosevelt in WWI ,all they had in common was Hitler as enemy, but after the war another war(cold war) started, is the same here.

2:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those Argentinean clowns who enjoy the impunity of "free press" --those you named in your article--have a very heavy personal record of killing ohters in Argentina during 70's. Losers all of them.
LONG LIFE ISRAEL: BOMBARMENT ON LIBANO, IRAN AND SYRA IS A MORAL DUTY.

4:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By definition, an "Argentinean" is somebody clueless in ethical issues; somebody who lives in a country with 60% of its population under levels of shameful poverty; somebody full all resentment, which is rooted in his or her own incapacity for founding a society, a nation. Deeply immoral, an "Argie" is the latest guy who may opine about what is "good" or "wrong."

4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Argentina has not a single intellectual, and it won't.

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Andres C said...

Since argentina is the richest country in south america, someone who discriminates argentinians for being "poor" and thinks that their rejection to israel's invasive policies in the middle east is only an anti-american feeling is probably a rich and ignorant american jewish. You say latin america has more than 60% of poor people, it's true, but it doesn't stop them from thinking and being critic. More than 60% of the americans are mid or high class, but what is it worth it for if 99% of americans are a bunch of ignorants about foreign affairs. Since they think they are the best and most poerful country in the world they don't care about anybody else. On the other hand, latin american countries, as a non-worldpower region, must be alert about what other countries do and have the capacity to express an impartial opinion. The only diference between a poor ignorant and a rich ignorant is that the rich one is dangerous.

Besides, the 40% of non poor argentinians and other latin americans are more learned than the majority of US population. All the latin american intellectuals that reject what israel is doing are a million times more intelligent than anyone who dares to post a comment in this web.

Another thing that most people dont realise is that the parties considered left wing in latin america are actually the most seemed to the US republicans. The only difference between G.Bush and Hugo Chavez is that the first one leads a world power and the other a third world country, but both are overbearing and impulsive ignorants who think they were borned to be presidents and that alows them to do anything they want. If venezuela were a world power, Chavez would be the Bush of that reality.

I belong to the peruvian right wing, wich means I belive in free market and reason before violence. Nevertheless, I agree with the US democrats and reject almost everything republicans do.

Most of the world is against the constant israel invasion in the middle east because thats what it is, an invasion. Israel didnt exist 60 years ago. Constantly they have moved their army forward into arab territory and the US have helped Israel giving them cheap airplanes and weapons. What hezbollah demands is Israel to move back to the limits established in the last peace treaty signed arround the 1970's. Some jewish think that what hitler did gives them the right to do everything they want, because they are "victims", the truth is that they are as bad a the nazis.

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Andres C said...

Arabs are a small minority in latin america. What our nations think doesnt depend on the arab opinion, the vast majority of latin americans are against the criminal abuse of Israel.

6:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anti-israeli and anti-semetic are two totally different things. Some people dont mind jews, but they do not like the fact that israel was just given the land palestine had for centuries. Latin-Americans understand this and so they choose to take a stand. Many latin americans also have middle eastern connections fyi.

5:31 PM  

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