ALBA IS AN IRANIAN HIDEOUT NOT A SOCIALIST FUEL CLUB
Kenny and Iran sitting in a tree
The danger of ALBA is not all the money we are going to owe Venenzuela later down the line. The danger of ALBA is that it is not what it seems at all. It is not simply a Bolivarian front of social democrats trying to raise the bottom end of our societies to dignity.
If it was, Venezuela, under Chavez, would have eradicated poverty.
This is hard for me to admit, because deep down inside, I’m a free speech commie, if there ever was such a thing. I have deep, abiding sympathy for Castro and Chavez, Bishop and, you know, fellas like that. Heartical communists and socialists. I love admiring them from afar, at a vantage point where they cannot lay their hands on me and throw me in jail for any errant and heretic opinions I can’t help but utter.
I am not, however, delusional enough to think that a person like me would live anywhere but in jail under any one of the regimes I mentioned.
If ALBA and their dangling carrot, the Petro-Caraibe deal were totally on the up and up, I would probably say forget America, they’re not interested in helping us with anything but drug interdiction anyway. But ALBA is not what it seems.
ALBA is not Latin America banding together to form their own sphere of influence.
ALBA is a tool for others to expand their sphere of influence into the Caribbean and Latin America. Now, how can the islands who are flirting with the Chinese and Iranian-influenced ALBA expect America to just sit by and let it happen? They are going to piss off all their best friends. For nothing.
Well, nothing but election campaign funds.
Is it going to be worth it to them when our old friends get new ideas and start turning the screws? Can we afford the few turns of the screw they have already shown us? Labour would be better off legalizing marijuana than joining ALBA given what they know about what’s really lurking in the belly of early 21st century socialism.
At least then, America would be vexed with St Lucia for something we did and we can control rather than something someone else is using us to do.