Iran and Venezuela’s growing relationship is nothing new to me. For a while, people within my social circle have been discussing these changes as they are occurring in what used to be the “third world”. Some of them have even traveled to Latin American to see first hand these changes, as the rest of the world attempts to catch up to America’s decadence.

With the most recent conversations between these two nations being laid upon the table for all those who are listening to consider I present my questions and opinions openly and with all personal biases plainly in sight.

What is wrong with smaller nations working together in an attempt to thwart the American economic machine? Is this movement towards a more unified front against the monopoly that is the American economy a bad thing? Will not the American economy adapt and overcome…perhaps creating a better overall global economy again?

What is wrong with nations that do not align themselves with the United States assisting other nations that have been shunned or left to smolder as we push our agenda in more profitable parts of the world?

If Iran was China would people be saying different things about their willingness to help smaller nations who are leaning towards the left? Are these rumblings based merely on these two countries integral involvement in OPEC? Is this the foreshadowing of great global changes or another attempt at the far left (is Iran even left? I always placed them way way right myself…) to overcome history and create a better niche for themselves on the global scene?

Iran’s recent visit to Venezuela gives me hope that the United States will step up and carry its own domestic burdens, while redistributing the wealth of its foreign aid among those nations with need and potential. Not the potential to become economic powerhouses, but the potential to become equitable locations for human rights and global trade.

People have been discussing what this “brotherhood” will bring to any nations funded by this coalition of Middle Eastern and Latin nations. What would be the harm in developing infrastructure in nations around the world? Would this become competition for the American way of life, the American economy?

Are we talking about the left working to create more stellar locations for outsourcing and job relocation from the United States? If we are, perhaps the American people will realize that even the rich can no longer live above the means of the planet. And maybe as the global market changes there will be a reallocation of wealth.

Of course, these are just the mussing of a disillusioned college graduate. Floundering in an economy where a college degree means washing dishes for minimum wage. Perhaps I hope for a change in our foreign policy that will reflect itself back upon our domestic policy by a reallocation of resources to programs at home. If this was to happen, would we not look even better to those that are watching?

How can we expect to gain the favor of “third world” nations around the globe when we cannot even gain the favor of those that live in the bastion of light that is the United States? Certainly, we must first strive to satisfy the demands of our own people before attempting to satisfy the demands of others.

Even if this means allowing Iran to attempt to rewrite history by bonding with nations around the globe in a unified front against the American Imperialist machine, which continues to disregard its own people while devastating the world around it. I am not interested in authoritarian dictatorships or fundamentalist Islamic states. But both of those places appear to be far right on the political spectrum. And I strive to be and live in a nation securely grounded in the center.
If the United States and its allies can come together to assist other nations as Iran and Venezuela presume to do we not only win the competition of civilizations, but we win the quality of life for all people of the planet and not just those lucky enough to be born within our borders.


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