Iran’s influence in Venezuela and Latin America

 

Most Americans often forget that South America carries quite a risk to our own stability and national security. Iran and other socialist players have been involved in South American politics as a means of gaining more power and access to the minerals and other products found there as well as possible access to our southern borders.

So here is just a brief thumbnail since WWII of Venezuela and their struggles.

1939-1945 – German immigrants poured into the country. Many of them were Hitler sympathizers or actively involved with the Nazi Party. It became a haven for Nazi war criminals. With a traditional rivalry between Argentina and Great Britain, it was much easier for them to gain control of the political scene.

1945-1974- Juan Domingo Perón – was elected President of Argentina three times, serving from June 1946 to September 1955, when he was overthrown in a coup d’état, and then from October 1973 until his death in July 1974. While he was anti-communist or leftist and his policies provided more for the workers than the communist movement did, he was not a strong proponent of the Right either. It is said he stabilized the government, paid off debts owed, provided a central banking system, and brought social reform benefits to the masses which had not been available before. He regained the position of president in 1973 but there was a great deal of clashes between left and right. He died in 1974 and his wife took his place for a short time.

1955-1973 – A military coup occurred that say Peron exiled and his accomplishments vilified. Coup attempts and fighting was rampant. The country was destabiized. Then Peron returned to be president again in 1973.

1974-1983 – “Dirty War” – Argentine Military Government then took over and there was a period of state terrorism in Argentina from roughly 1974 to 1983 (some sources date the beginning to 1969), during which military and security forces and right-wing death squads in the form of the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance (Triple A) hunted down and killed left-wing guerrillas, political dissidents, and anyone believed to be associated with socialism. About 30,000 people disappeared, many of which were impossible to be formally reported due to the nature of the issue: state terrorism.

1983-1989 – The democratic government of Raúl Alfonsín was elected to office in 1983. As a lawyer Alfonsin opposed both sides of the Dirty War. During his term in office, he resolved the Beagle conflict, increased trade with Brazil, and proposed the creation of the Contadora support group to mediate between the United States and the Nicaraguan Contras. He passed the first divorce law of Argentina. He initiated the Austral plan to improve the national economy, but that plan, as well as the Spring plan, failed. The resulting hyperinflation and riots led to his party’s defeat in the 1989 presidential elections, which was won by Peronist Carlos Menem.

1989-1990 – There were a series of riots and related episodes of looting in stores and supermarkets in Argentina, during the last part of the presidency of Raúl Alfonsín, between May and June 1989. The riots were caused by the rampant hyperinflation and food shortage, and were associated with legal protests and demonstrations. The beginning of 1990 saw a new, albeit much smaller wave of riots, mainly February and March, in Rosario and Greater Buenos Aires. The economic crisis had not abated, and many businesses had resumed operating with physical barriers. The riots were contained quickly, again with delivery of food assistance to the poorer neighbourhoods.

1989-1999 – Carlos Saúl Menem became president. He supported the Washington Consensus (set of principles), and tackled inflation with the Convertibility plan in 1991. The plan was complemented by a series of privatizations, and was a success. Argentina re-established diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom, suspended since the 1982 Falklands War, and developed special relations with the United States. The country suffered two terrorist attacks.

1998-2002 – Argentina financial crisis struck. When a short boom in the early 1990s of portfolio investment from abroad ended in 1995, Argentina became reliant on the IMF to provide the country with low-interest access to credit and to guide its economic reforms. The depression, which began after the Russian and Brazilian financial crises, caused widespread unemployment, riots, the fall of the government, a default on the country’s foreign debt, the rise of alternative currencies and the end of the peso’s fixed exchange rate to the US dollar.

2000-2007 – Four men held the position of president from 2000-2003. In each case they resigned or “stepped down” because of civil and economic unrest. Néstor Kirchner of the Justicialist Party won (in the first use of the ballotage system)andd took office on 25 May 2003. In December 2007 he stepped down to allow his wife Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to win election in his place after poltical scandals and bribery charges arose. This period of years was also marked by runs on the banks, chaos, and financial and political instability and riots.

2007-2015 – Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner was the second woman to serve as President of Argentina, the first directly elected female president, and the first woman re-elected to the office. Ideologically a Peronist and social democrat, she was a member of the Justicialist Party. During this time, a nuclear reactor plant, a huge oil field, a major flood, and the Falkan Island conflict occurred. Several scandals took place during the Kirchner administration. Kirchner was part of the “pink tide”, a group of populist presidents who ruled several Latin American countries in the 2000s. Kirchner had a rocky relationship with the United States. Several items from a US air force plane, such as drugs and GPS devices, were seized by Argentine officials, which caused a diplomatic crisis.

2015-2017 – Mauricio Macri was elected president in the 2015 presidential elections. He is the first democratically-elected non-Radical or Peronist president since 1916. During his presidency, they have worked on reforming public transport, implemented police rather than military force enforcement, passed a law allowing same-sex marriage, removal of currency controls, settled international lawsuits, signed an investment deal for the Vaca Muerta shale deposit, supported recognition of indigenous communities, opened free trade agreements with Brazil, and has forged diplomatic relations with Trump, tightening control of immigration, limiting the entry of convicted criminals and facilitating the deportation of foreigners who commit crimes.

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As you can see Argentina despite Macri advances in democracy is a hotbed waiting for the next wave of socialist or possibly radical Islamic insurgency. They are not the only ones by any means but appear at least according to the video to be reaching a critical mass especially given the instability of Venezuela right now.

At times since WWII, the US (via CIA) has been heavily involved in the instability of regions in South America. That has been proven though perhaps not formally acknowledged. I do not think the US should be involved to a great extent in the running of any country other than our own but sometimes preventing or diverting for our own national security reasons may have purpose.

This video is the first time I have actually heard or in any way checked on information about Argentina.  It is an eye-opener especially given that Iran has its tentacles there. 

Russia or China while a threat, generally have more common sense and political savvy though at some time in the future that might change. However, Iran is an unstable “religious fervor” fundamentalist Islamic attitude so far as the rest of the westernized world is concerned.

That Iran might ignite a world-wide call to jihad is a reality especially given the amount of Muslims throughout the world. Islam is not just a religion. It is in every way a political state.

Those in western countries who do not wholeheartedly embrace a different way of life and assimilate are a risk for becoming soldiers of the jihad.  This is where the real power of Iran can be found. Just as their nuclear capabilities have been a serious issue for years. They have nothing to hold them back unlike Kim Jung Un when it comes to hitting that button of mass destruction. Their religious fervor permits and accepts mass murder of those who do not follow their religion and all of its instructions, barbaric or not.

–Uriel–

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3 Responses to Iran’s influence in Venezuela and Latin America

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  2. Hardnox says:

    The Iranians have been bad actors for a long time. It’s good they are being called out for a change.

    • Uriel says:

      So they have Hardnox. But like many my focus never swerved that way until I read this information. We think of Muslims now in most countries in the world but this highlights the serious danger they might pose.