Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Plus ça change...

Prensa Latina, in a story about how Cuba is about to assume Presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement, reminds us what happened the last time Cuba held the same position, 1979-1983:
During the Movement's presidency of Fidel Castro, it was necessary to go to the UN Security Country and General Assembly to accuse Israel, which supported by Washington, invaded south Lebanon and attacked Syria.

In that place, Cuba demanded solidarity for the Palestinian and Lebanese combatants, disclosed the reality of Israeli slaughter in Sabra and Shatila and rejected weapons supply by United States and Israel to carry out such actions.
Not that the NAM has the power of the U.N. Security Council, but, in an analagous way, this is precisely why the U.S. doesn't want a "troublemaker" like Venezuela on the Security Council, and why that particular election is one of the more important ones going on in the world today, with particular significance attaching to the fact that so many countries (the latest being Malaysia and China) have been willing to go public with their support for Venezuela.

Why stop here? There's more...

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