Tuesday, June 03, 2008
State of the Strong Union
This is the new South America. No longer will South America will be the bastion of just the drug barons, petro-hombres, and beautyqueens. This is the new half of the western hemisphere, and the northern parts of the New World aren't expecting that the South Americans can pull through with this type of unity. When it comes to freedom of movement, customs union, energy cooperation, and diplomatic unity, this supranational federation just might come together enough to send shock waves into the dis-unified international community.
This time around, the unified bloc will take some time to ensure that the countries involved truly want to create the sort of union that can not only last but that can be a formidable player on the international circuit. But, the union must stand up to the competing supranational blocs - in the sense that some pundits could be expecting the union to swing too far pro-Yankee, while others would expect the Chavista section to dominate. But, the Andean and Mercosur components will likely balance out to produce a more or less even union of more pro-"Western" countries and the more rebellious lefty regimes that continue to believe earnestly in the Bolivarian dream. Though French Guyana cannot take part and Suriname & Guyana seem only to be able to participate as associate members, this club is well-rounded and destined for greatness.
The Bolivarian dream has not died. This newborn South America is an ethnically heterogeneous amalgam of nation-states that bring to the table a Latin paradigm for the future. Futbol, Spano-Portugese, and ceviche will triumph over the demons of the hegemonic norte. Hasta siempre el UNASUR!!!