Latin America and Syria

Andres Oppenheimer illustrates the lack of reaction from many Latin American countries to the Syrian atrocities in his column today.

Last week, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and at least five other major nations expelled their Syrian ambassadors following the slaughter in Houla, which United Nations observers say was carried out to a large extent by pro-government militias who entered homes and executed entire families at close range.

Not only are most countries muted in their response, Cuba and Venezuela are openly supporting the Syrian dictatorship.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who in 2010 decorated Assad with Venezuela’s “Order of the Liberator” and proclaimed him “one of the liberators of the new world,” has sent more than 600,000 barrels of diesel oil to Syria over the past year, according to Venezuelan government reports.

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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