Monday, June 12, 2006

U.S. Attempts to Block Venezuela Security Council Bid

On his weekly television program "Alo Presidente", Hugo Chavez reprimanded the United States for trying to block Venezuela's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Using Jack Abramoff style lobbying tactics, President Bush and U.N. Ambassador John Bolton are trying to coerce as many U.N. member states as possible to vote against Venezuela in the upcoming vote for a seat on the Security Council. Chavez said of the American effort, "We will go after this with all our force. This is like David versus Goliath.''

Since one of the seats on the Security Council is traditionally reserved for a Latin American nation, U.S. officials are pushing Guatemala as the opposition candidate to Venezuela. This endorsement of Guatemala comes despite allegations that the Guatemalan government is involved in human trafficking and slave trades at its highest level. Guatemala is also notorious for its corruption and graft. However, for American elites trying to preserve the capitalist status quo, its better to support a nation that is creates a free human slave market than one that is trying to create an equitable socialist society.