Why South America hates us truly unbelievable

Discussion in 'Politics' started by sputdr, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. This is a sampling from the BBC site of comments from various countries all with the same underlying complaint.

    I was shocked after reading them.

    It is time we stopped stereotyping the US as a ghastly empire and started negotiating with them. Why not trade with the US under equal and fair terms? Move on!
    Sandra Sena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Bush's aid programme to Latin America brings nothing new. It just maintains the aid programs started years ago. Compared to other countries the US helps around the world, it is not even substantial. Its impact on poverty will not be noticeable.
    Lisandra, Brasilia, Brazil

    Protests have preceded President Bush's visit
    I really hope the US aid initiative for Latin America works out. We've seen so much talk and no actual progress concerning the development of the poorest areas. We have a wealth of natural resources on our doorstep, but many people today still live in total poverty, while a few have everything.
    Rafael Brandão, Salvador, Brazil

    Though not a fan of the Bush administration, I have to say that his visit could actually do some good for the region. Of course his habit of giving financial aid to foster the spread of "democracy" is flawed, but the economic prospects of shifting trade relations with Brazil is promising. If Brazil doesn't undercut the value of its ethanol-producing technology it could make real economic progress through sales to the US. It would be worth a lot more than an aid package which will neither put a dent in Latin American poverty, nor in anti-democratic or anti-American sentimentalities in the region.
    American in Brazil, Recife, Brazil

    If Bush wants to alleviate poverty, he can start by cutting tariffs and farm subsidies, especially ethanol tariffs. He can also drop our debt. It's not fair that some countries get their debt forgiven and others don't. Ultimately it is up to the people of Latin America to stop voting for leaders like [Brazilian President] Lula [da Silva] and [Venezuelan President Hugo] Chavez and quit blaming their problems on the American bogeyman. Latin America needs to adopt the free market policies embraced by EU nations and Asian nations like Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.
    Marcos Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Bush's proposed aid programme wouldn't hurt, but it would only be a temporary solution and a diversion from the many social problems in Latin America. People here are also wondering what his agenda is in the region. Maybe he is trying to gain some votes for his party from the Latin-American immigrant community in the US, or maybe he is simply trying to stop the spread of left-wing politics in the region.
    Carlos Aguilar, Mexico City, Mexico

    Our government has to play its part by implementing national reforms, fighting corruption and educating more of its people

    Adriana Baltazar, Mexico City, Mexico
    I don't think the kind of aid offered by President Bush will help. It would only make Latin American countries more dependent on international aid. They need reforms and they need to strengthen their economy as well as their governments. If we want social programmes, we should approach international institutions like the World Bank. For Mexico, migration reforms are very important, as well as a revision of the Nafta treaty, in order to boost our economy. But our government has to play its part by implementing national reforms, fighting corruption and educating more of its people.
    Adriana Baltazar, Mexico City, Mexico

    Mr Bush is coming to Guatemala on Sunday, and if his plans mean well, his attitude doesn't. Members of his security team are taking over whole hotels, they are closing streets and making us take security checks and other routes to get to work. How does that help exactly? Will he show up at our workplaces or schools to explain? We understand he is the president of the United States, and perhaps his proposals will help somehow, but he does not own the country and cannot make us put our lives on hold as he passes through.
    Claudia Samayoa, Guatemala City, Guatemala

    Mr Bush will not be able to strengthen ties between the US and Latin America with his proposed aid programme because he is Mr Bush. Much of Latin America wants little to do with him. The task of strengthening ties between the two regions would be better off left for the next president in office.
    Joaquin Roesch, Guatemala City, Guatemala

    In Colombia, the United States has been known for claiming to give aid in one area, such as education or infrastructure, but really investing in another, like Plan Colombia [initiative to combat the illegal drugs trade in the country]. So I think Bush needs to make a good strong announcement concerning his proposed investment in the region, and as with any investment it should be looked after.
    Felipe Hoyos, Medellin, Colombia

    For Latin Americans, the US is making promises which are simply too little too late

    Rodrigo Ortega, Colombia
    Relations between Colombia and the US couldn't be better, because we are so dependent on the US. For Latin Americans, the US is making promises which are simply too little too late. US aid for Egypt is twice as much as that given to Latin America. That lack of solidarity has caused us to lose trust in the US
    Rodrigo Ortega, Colombia

    Colombia, like many other countries in Latin America, is absorbed by poverty. Any aid kindly provided by any developed country could contribute temporarily to solve some of the existing problems. But it could also end up in the pockets of some politicians. Wouldn't it be better if developed countries, rather than throwing money at the problem, monitored where their money ended up? They should also be able to offer ideas and solutions to these nations on how to improve their situation. Some European countries, for example, previously implemented programmes in Latin America to educate rural people in farming and agriculture. These are the type of projects that we need.
    Roberto, Cali, Colombia

    What has President Bush done for Latin America in the past six years? Let's see. He accepted the overthrowing of an elected government in Venezuela - the US was the only country in the hemisphere to do so, and then looked ridiculous when Chavez regained power. He is building a fence with Mexico. He keeps an illegal embargo on Cuba. He supports a government in Colombia that has alleged links to paramilitary groups. On and on we can go. We are poor in Latin America, but wise enough to know that this US president is no friend of ours.
    Agustin Yerovi, Montevideo, Uruguay
  2. What America suffers in S. America is nothing new. It's the same old "have and have-not" mentality and petty jealousy. The US under different administration has dumped billions of dollars into that area for decades. Reading some of the comments above are just so disheartening. They want us US Taxpayers to GIVE them MORE. The US can not win over this mentality nor should it expect anything much different. All we can do is nurture policies and assist to help these countries develop their economies so they have a hope of slowly crawling out of their socio-economic mess. Statistically though, it's never going to happen with the history of corruption, poverty, drugs and crime and "give me" attitudes.

    What the US needs to be most fearful is the current efforts by Venezuela's Chavez to undermine US influence and elevate himself as spokesperson for all South Americans. He already purchased $1 billion in arms from Russia and its clear to me he intends to start spreading a socialist revolution in S. America on the very eve that Castro was finally about to rid the world of his negative revolutionary rhetoric. Right now the US should be desperately trying to work very closely with at least 1 S. American country to make them a close economic partner. If we can get 1 single country down there turned around and self sufficient we have a good shot at alienating Chavez from many other countries and start stabilizing that region. Frankly, I am amazed that some wealthy businessmen who just had their corporations taken over by Chavez have not hired assassins to take that hate mongering demagogue out.

  3. Perhaps previous administrations made deals where increased immigration quotas were promised in exchange for access to oil and resources etc.
  4. I agree, unfortunately those who hate us in South America are all standing there with their hands out looking to become the next welfare state.

    This is why immigration is such a tough issue right now because if we lose Mexico we have some real problems.