Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Venezuela Ponders Selling Jets to Iran: The Story Behind The Story

If you haven't done so already, add Venezuela to your China-Russia-Iran-Sudan calculus. Hugo Chavez is reportedly considering selling his nation's fleet of F-16 fighter jets to another nation, possibly Iran.

As international tensions mount and rhetorical coalitions crystallize, remember that Chavez and Ahmadinejad have more than repressive megalomania in common. Both posture themselves as liberators throwing off the lingering shackles of European imperialism and, more recently, American hegemony. Both will continue to couch their dangerous rhetoric in these psuedopopulist terms and both will continue to exploit Russian and Chinese weaknesses against the US and her allies in the Security Council. Both see the international ascendance of their nations and nations like them as imminent and are convinced of their own kind of manifest destiny. Even as they make sport of the Russians and Chinese, both Iran and Venezuela need veto-wielding members of the Security Council to clean up their messes. Russia and China need a lot of oil. Iran and Venezuala have a lot of oil. And you thought the US started wars over bubbling crude. Just wait.


Anonymous a.s. said...

This bit of supplemental reading broke on Drudge shortly after my initial post.

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