Magazine article The New American

Terror War's Southern Front. (Insider Report)

Magazine article The New American

Terror War's Southern Front. (Insider Report)

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"Richard Nixon famously remarked, 'As goes Brazil, so goes Latin America,"' recalled Brazilian political activist Gerald Brant in the May issue of Brazzil. Under the reign of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva -- commonly called "Lula" -- Brazil is fulfilling "Fidel Castro's wildest revolutionary ambitions ... right under the nose of the Bush administration," Brant warns.

According to Brant, "anti-American sentiment has grown so high in Brazil that President Bush received a lower approval rating among Brazilians than Saddam Hussein...." While there are many sound reasons for opposing the war in Iraq, Brazilian public opinion appears to be following "the Brazilian Workers' Party (known as the PT) regime's attitudes toward the U.S.," opines Brant. Marco Aurelio Garcia, the hard-core Marxist who serves as Lula's chief foreign policy advisor, describes the PT as "radical, of the left, socialist." The vision of Lula's administration "is clear," Garcia declares: "If this new horizon which we search for is still called communism, it is time to re-constitute it."

Garcia is founder and executive secretary of the Sao Paulo Forum, "an organization of leftist parties and revolutionary movements dedicated to 'offsetting our losses in Eastern Europe with our victories in Latin America,"' continues Brant. Last December the Sao Paulo Forum held a four-day conference in Havana. Present at that revolutionary summit were delegates from such terrorist groups as Colombia's FARC, Peru's Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, and Chile's MIR. Zuhair Daif, head of the Latin American Division of Iraq's Ba' athist Party, also attended, as did an unnamed Libyan representative. …

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