The United States of America is seen rightly or wrongly by not a few nations as an international bully — military, political and economic bully. Blessed with the diverse talents of people from across the Atlantic and elsewhere who congregate in the free world in search of the vaunted ‘American dream’
Between American imperialism and Islamic fundamentalism however the international community is caught in the middle in trepidation. If not the fear of Al-Qaeda today then Osama Bin Laden, their leader-at-large, uses Al Jazeera cable TV network headquartered in
Many people have argued that the Bush administration invaded
By far the biggest opposition to the American imperialistic hold on the larger world is coming from
The international politics associated with petrol is one played with carrot and stick. With the American Congress seeking to encumber the OPEC powers by legislating out its monopoly over oil quotas and prices the petrol politics is raging and Nigeria is not found in the picture as much as would have been desirable. With huge deposits of oil and gas in the Niger Delta
But forced to the backstage by circumstances of unimpressive leadership and uninspiring diplomacy (with an old-breed PDP loquacious politician at its head) the emaciated Giant of Africa allows other external forces decide and determine in her stead. For her nodding in agreement whatever decisions the hawks like Hugo Chavez take is good enough.
With comatose refineries (in Kaduna, Warri and Port Harcourt) that executive corruption has grounded, importation of refined products, impending increase in pump prices of petroleum products (reading VP Goodluck’s Augustus Aikhomu lips) and illegitimate leadership at the center Abuja has enough in her political plate than standing up for her rights in the comity of nations. With huge population living below poverty line in a climate of insecurity and insensitivity of the political class
Hogo Chavez knows the power of oil and the concomitant politics so he employs subtle blackmail sometimes to ‘intimidate’
Chavez during the OPEC Summit in the
His intrepidity derives more from the people’s power he wields than empty military bravado. Chavez was nearly militarily shoved off power few years back but with the help of the Defense Minister then (now his adversary) and the masses who poured out to the street in defense of his mandate he bounced back stronger in power. He is from every imagination a true patriot, a nationalist bent on seeing the downtrodden in his country emancipated.
Hugo Chavez beyond his radicalism, leftist political ideologies and leaning is to many poor Venezuelans an embodiment of leadership and statesmanship. He bestrides international politics with astuteness and confidence rare in our clime.
With American dollar in free fall in the international currency rates the Euro has become the new international strong currency whose stability can be vouched for. And with the Dragon using its population, economic resurgence and veto power in the UN Security Council to checkmate