Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Iran Strengthening Ties to Bolivia

Foreign Confidential....

Is Washington asleep at the switch? Is the Monroe Doctrine dead? Apparently, it died decades ago.

While resurgent Russia is reasserting its claim to its traditional sphere of influence--Moscow's so-called near abroad--nuclear-arming, Islamist Iran is boldly intervening in America's backyard. Promising to raise its profile in Latin America, Iran has reached out to leftist governments in Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Analysts fear Iran could use the ties to smuggle terrorists--and weapons of mass destruction--into the United States.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a fanatic foe of the US, is credited with starting the Latin-Iranian alliance.

Bolivian President Evo Morales is strengthening it. He arrived in Tehran Monday for a two-day trip--a follow-up to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Bolivia last year, during which he pledged $1.1 billion in aid to the Andean nation.

Mahmoud Welcomed Evo to Tehran

Welcoming Morales to Iran, Ahmadinejad praised "the resistance of the Bolivian people'' against the US.

Morales hailed Iran's "anti-imperialist'' stance.

"The two revolutionary nations and the governments of Iran and Bolivia are natural allies and will boost their relations in the fields of commerce, industry, agriculture, gas, oil and politics," the Iranian maniac-in-chief said.

Morales said he supported Ahmadinejad's stance against "imperialism" and for "defending the rights of the Iranian people."

A Tyrant's Praise

Iran's Supreme (clerical fascist) Leader Ali Khamenei said during his meeting with Morales that "assertion of rights by the people of Latin America has displeased the West."

"The awakening of the South American nations who are seeking their rights is an auspicious event which certainly will not make [big] powers happy," the turbaned tyrant declared.

Morales arrived in Tehran after completing a brief visit to Libya.

Bolivia has the largest gas reserves in Latin America. Iran is trying to develop the Bolivian gas industry.

Iran regards Bolivia as part of an anti-US revolutionary bloc in Latin America that includes Cuba, Nicaragua, Paraguay and energy-rich Venezuela.

In the last three years, Ahmadinejad has made four visits to Latin America, and Hugo Chavez has visited Tehran six times.