Didn’t I already talk about this on this blog? Yes, I did.
For a second time in a row, the moribund, crusty Castro temporarily removes his foot from the grave, long enough to spew his hot, methane-laced breath about the Bush Administration’s proposed use of ethanol:
Castro chided the Bush administration for its support of ethanol production for automobiles, a move that the 80-year-old leader said would leave the world’s poor hungry.
It was his second article on the issue in less than a week, indicating he is increasingly anxious to have his voice heard on international matters, eight months after stepping down as Cuba’s president because of illness.
Castro also gently chided leftist ally Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for his country’s ambitious plans for ethanol production and his cooperation with Bush in promoting it.
“It is not my intention to harm Brazil, nor get mixed up in affairs related to the internal politics of that great country,” Castro wrote in the article, titled “Reflections of the Commander in Chief: The Internationalization of Genocide.”
Yes, of course. Let’s only criticize the U.S. and especially a Republican president even if our allies are doing the same thing. Typical leftist hypocrisy.
Until just a few weeks ago, the leftist ChÃ¡vez was pressing ahead with a five-year project to sow almost 700,000 acres with sugar cane to produce ethanol. With the technical support of Brazil and Cuba, 15 new sugar mills were planned to produce 30,000 barrels of ethanol a day.
Even in early March, Havana and Caracas announced an agreement to build 11 ethanol plants in Venezuela, using Cuban expertise. The agreement also included the modernization of 10 plants in Cuba and the construction of a further eight, based on Brazilian production methods.
But after Bush visited Brazil and signed an ethanol deal with President LuÃz Inacio Lula da Silva, both ChÃ¡vez and his close ally, Fidel Castro, converted to the anti-ethanol camp.
How do you spell “politically motivated?”
Many analysts, however, see the change of heart by the two leaders as a product of political, rather than environmental considerations.
â€Whatâ€™s hidden behind the ethanol issue is a game of geopolitics,â€ said Edgar C. OtÃ¡lvora, an economist, historian and former diplomat. â€Rivalry with the United Statesâ€ is the explanation, OtÃ¡lvora argues.
â€˜There are many contradictions in [ChÃ¡vezâ€™s] discourse – being simultaneously an environmentalist and an oil producer is a contradiction in itself.â€
I guess you could say Castro and Chavez actually were for ethanol–before they were against it.