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A while ago a campaign letter arrived by e-mail. As I said at the time "Worth reading, and then make your own mind up". Best to be open-minded about these issues and see what happens.

The letter, written in Spanish (English translation provided (by Google Translate) below) is a warning about President Lula of Brazil. The writer says how Lula might have an alliance with communists and could cause a "domino effect" political change towards the left in the Americas.

Well I'm not sure it's true, as history has unfolded rather differently from the dire predictions made in the letter.

Lula, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has done rather better than the message suggested.

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Advierten sobre alianza Castro-Chávez-Lula

En caso de una victoria electoral, en Brasil, del izquierdista candidato Lula da Silva, podría producirse un "efecto dominó" en la región

WASHINGTON (DC), Sept. 1o., 2002 (DI) - "Los efectos políticos de una eventual victoria del izquierdista Partido de los Trabajadores en Brasil, en las elecciones de octubre próximo, podrán ser peores aún que los efectos económicos, pues quedaría constituido un eje Castro-Chávez-Lula capaz de empujar hacia la izquierda a otros países sudamericanos y de establecer una peligrosa alianza estratégica con China comunista, así como con Irán e Irak, dos países terroristas", advirtió el Dr. Constantine Menges, investigador del Hudson Institute, profesor de la George Washington University y ex asesor de Seguridad Nacional de la presidencia de los Estados Unidos.

Menges, quien acaba de lanzar su estudio "A Strategic Warning: Brazil", destacó la importancia creciente del gigante sudamericano y elogió la capacidad e inteligencia de su población, así como su enorme potencial de recursos naturales. Pero, al mismo tiempo, dijo que una victoria de Lula da Silva podría provocar un "efecto dominó" en países como Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador e inclusive Argentina, consolidando en el curso del 2003 un gigantesco bloque sudamericano de izquierdas. El especialista del Hudson Institute no descartó que, en esa perspectiva, la región pueda ser usada como plataforma de agresión contra los Estados Unidos, por movimientos terroristas islámicos.

El Dr. Menges añadió que actualmente Lula está intentando presentar una imagen moderada, pero que eso es un mero juego electoral. En ese sentido, citó palabras del propio candidato de izquierdas, reconociendo que si bien ha adaptado algunas estrategias, los objetivos revolucionarios continúan siendo los mismos. Menges recordó finalmente que en 1990, poco después de la desintegración del imperio soviético, Fidel Castro y Lula da Silva fundaron el Foro de São Paulo con el objetivo de reagrupar a todas las fuerzas comunistas, pro-comunistas y terroristas del continente.

La última reunión del Foro de São Paulo se celebró en La Habana, en diciembre de 2002, con la presencia de Lula da Silva. El 4 de febrero de 2002, en un gigantesco auditorio de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Porto Alegre -en el Estado de Rio Grande do Sul, limítrofe con Argentina y Uruguay- centenas de delegados del Foro Social Mundial y del Foro de São Paulo acordaron estrechar vínculos estratégicos, anunciando una reunión de jefes de Estado en el marco del próximo 3er. Foro Social Mundial, a realizarse en Porto Alegre, en enero de 2003. A esa reunión podrían asistir Chávez, Castro y Lula, como eventual presidente electo de Brasil.

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Warn of alliance Castro-Chavez-Lula

In case of an electoral victory in Brazil, the leftist candidate Lula da Silva may cause a "domino effect" in the region

WASHINGTON (DC), September. 1st., 2002 (DI) - "The political effects of an eventual victory of the leftist Workers Party in Brazil in the upcoming October elections, may be even worse than the economic effects because he would have been a Castro-Chavez axis Lula able to push to the left to other South American countries and to establish a dangerous alliance with communist China and Iran and Iraq, two terrorist countries, "said Dr. Constantine Menges, a researcher at the Hudson Institute, a professor at George Washington University and former National Security Adviser to the President of the United States.

Menges, who has just released its study "A Strategic Warning: Brazil", stressed the growing importance of South American giant and praised the ability and intelligence of its people and its huge natural resource potential. But at the same time, said a victory of Lula da Silva could cause a "domino effect" in countries like Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and even Argentina, consolidated in the course of 2003 a huge leftist Latin American bloc. The Hudson Institute expert did not rule out that in this perspective, the region can be used as a platform for aggression against the United States, for Islamic terrorist movements.

Dr. Menges added that now Lula is trying to present a moderate image, but that is merely an electoral game. In this regard, he cited the words of the leftist candidate, recognizing that while it has adapted some strategies, the revolutionary objectives remain the same. Menges finally recalled that in 1990, shortly after the breakup of the Soviet empire, Fidel Castro and Lula da Silva founded the São Paulo Forum in order to regroup all communist forces, pro-communists and terrorists of the continent.

The last meeting of the São Paulo Forum was held in Havana in December 2002, with the presence of Lula da Silva. On February 4, 2002, in a giant auditorium of the Catholic University of Porto Alegre in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, bordering Argentina and Uruguay, hundreds of delegates from the World Social Forum and the Forum of Sao Paulo agreed to strengthen strategic links, announcing a meeting of heads of state within the next 3rd. World Social Forum to be held in Porto Alegre in January 2003. At that meeting could help Chavez, Castro and Lula, as a possible president-elect of Brazil.

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Although it is true that Lula was originally of the socialist Workers Party in Brazil, he did not pursue a relentless communist agenda and did not form an "Axis" of Soviet-style politics with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. Indeed, when in power, Lula became more moderate politically, and helped to improve the country economically.

This is all a far cry from the scary predictions.

Yet, at the same time, President Bush of the USA was pursuing a belligerent set of policies and causing damage which would later almost ruin the US economy. It's funny how things turn out, isn't it?

Also, unlike George Bush, Lula did not invade other countries, or have unfortunate foreign policies. It seems that the emphasis of the location of the risk has been misplaced.

Lula did not, as was alleged, present a moderate image as a political game, and instead became more moderate. He is now known for being one of the most pragmatic leaders.

And what's this about an alliance with terrorist countries Iraq and Iran? Surely more terrorists come from Saudi Arabia, and yet the USA has an alliance with them? So, maybe some of the statements are made for more political reasons.

It does seem now very much that much of the warning has been a form of political propaganda, and considering it was published before the elections, it seems a bit much to make such sweeping accusations before the character had even got elected. Imagine if Brazil started issuing inflammatory statements about one or another of the contenders for the US elections? It would be considered an outrage.

Now history shows that Lula got elected and made some reforms in Brazil which improved the economy considerably. Lula is said to be "The most popular politician on earth". Who said that? It was US President Barack Obama who said it when he greeted him at the G20 summit in London in April 2009.

Wikipedia comments about Lula: "Since the beginning of his political career to the present, Lula has changed some of his original ideas and moderated his positions. Instead of the drastic social changes he proposed in the past, his government chose a reformist line, passing new retirement, tax, labour and judicial legislation, and discussing university reform".

This and more can be seen at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luiz_In%C3%A1cio_Lula_da_Silva (English) and http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luiz_In%C3%A1cio_Lula_da_Silva (Portuguese).

Another thing about President Lula: He has suggested that the countries of the world might pay Brazil for its major export of Oxygen from the trees. This is a good idea as oxygen, from trees, keeps the atmosphere breathable, and also the absorption of CO2 helps to stop global warming, sea-level rise, and doom. This, the idea of having an annual payment based on the acres of forestry still standing, would help to avert ecological disaster. If this were to be enacted by international treaty, it would have to be based on scientific principles, and payments removed where thousand of acres of rainforest have been destroyed.

Incidentally, having a single name in use is something which is usual for famous people in Brazil, as well as in adventurous contexts in general.


Picture of President Lula published by Agência Brasil www.ebc.com.br and released as Creative Commons attribution licence as per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lula_-_foto_oficial05012007_edit.jpg

I have tried to reply to the original letter, but the e-mail address was found to bounce. This is not surprising as e-mail accounts tend not to survive for years and years.