Communist Cuba Is Getting Adherents in South America

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    Probably due to the large amount of money and human resources channeled into South America by the Communist Chinese.

    Latin America: A Vigil of Suspense
    By Paul M. Weyrich for Accuracy in Media
    April 6, 2005

    Whatever progress U.S. had made in Latin America and the Caribbean is in severe danger of being undone.

    Americans are so busy keeping up with events in the Middle East that we do not realize how much things have been changing in our own "neighborhood." That would be a grave mistake on our part because – in the long run -- the Caribbean and South and Central America are as important to our national interest and even to our winning the war on terrorism. A Latin America led by Cuba's Castro, Venezuela's Chavez, and Brazil's Lula appears ready to plunge that continent back into the mayhem and socialism that made life there so miserable. Given that the three leaders have ties to terrorists or their national sponsors, terrorist groups well could find willing accomplices – the heads of national governments -- in our own backyard.

    Only fifteen years ago it appeared that much of Latin America had turned away from the socialism and authoritarianism that had crippled the economies of many of its countries and the freedoms of their citizens. During the 1980s Nicaragua had been under Marxist control. El Salvador had been fighting a Marxist insurgency bankrolled by Cuba. Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay in fending off extremism on the left ended up settling for military-led regimes.

    Otto Reich, former Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, recently credited President Reagan for having "rolled back Communist aggression" in our Southern Hemisphere. He wrote in NATIONA REVIEW ONLINE, "By 1990, the tide had turned: There was not one right-wing military government still in office (something for which Reagan is not given credit in the so-called prestige press); over 90 percent of the region's population was living under elected governments; and most of the remaining leftist regimes or terrorist movements, such as the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, Noriega in Panama and the FMLN in El Salvador had a few months of political life left."

    Now Reich warns that whatever progress we had made in Latin America and the Caribbean is in severe danger of being undone. Castro is intent on doing whatever he can to undermine freedom in that region, and he has a well-heeled accomplice in Venezuela's Chavez. This duo has no qualm in pulling out the rugs from under democratically elected governments. Cuba may be broke due to the shortcomings of its own socialistic system, but that is no reason to prevent it from forcing other countries' citizens to share in the same kind of misery.

    For full article http://www.aim.org/guest_column_print/2834_0_6_0/
     
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    Yet ANOTHER reason to lock down our borders !!
     
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    Absolutely. I just hope we don't ignore the Canadian border. My brother made a career of the National Guard, and he always said that the Canadian border was the one that would be used by anyone (terrorists) who wanted to do harm to America.

    I just hope someone in Washington is keeping an eye on China's activities, especially in South America. During the Clinton Administration, China was able to lease one of our naval stations on the West Coast. I am going to surf the internet to see if that leasing agreement is still in effect. I guess that is one of the ways the Clinton Administration rewarded the Chinese Government for all the cash they contributed to the Democrat Party coffers. I just think it is insane for the U.S. to let China have a naval base right here in our own country.
     

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