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Monday, March 7, 2011

Brazilian Foreign Policy : A Change for the Better Since Lula Left ?

From an U.S. point of view, and in regards to the Libyan Civil War, the answer must be a resounding, NO, given Brazil's stated position as regards the Libyan Crisis.

As recently as March 4, a spokesman for the Brazilian Foreign Ministry underscored, " the need to avoid militarising and exacerbating the situation, and the desire to find a negotiated, calm solution without foreign intervention. "

And Foreign Minister Antonio Aguiar Patriota was quoted as sying that  "Brazil believes the debate on the proposal of establishing a no-fly zone over Libya, or on any military initiative in that country, can only be legitimate in a framework of strict respect for the U.N. Charter, within the Security Council."

But who has militarized/exacerbated the situation more than the Libyan dictator himself ? And hasn't foreign intervention already taken place, Gadhafi having imported mercenaries from neighboring African states ?  And what useful action can the U.N. be expected to take in light of Russia's and China's declared opposition to same ?

Clearly,  the current Brazilian government is content to mouth platitudes about the need for negotiation and respect for the U.N. Charter while a bloodthirsty dictator unleashes mercenaries on the populace of his own capital and his Air Force rains down death and destruction elsewhere.

One would think that a nation that had experienced dictatorship not so long ago would not turn its back on those who try desperately to free themselves from tyranny and suffer greatly as a consequence.  But one would be wrong.  And that nation's foreign policy has been, if nothing else, consistent over the last few years, Brazil having made common cause with such fastidious observers of human rights as Venezuela's Chavez and Turkey's Erdogan, not to mention the regime in Tehran.    

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