We're currently witnessing a nauseating 'love fest' between a fundamentalist Islamic leader and a bevy of Latin American leftists, and you have to wonder why? What is the common ground that unites Ahmadinejad (Iran) with the likes of Chavez (Venezuela), Morales (Bolivia), Correa (Ecuador) and Ortega (Nicaragua) and why is this alliance potentially so dangerous? They're certainly strange bedfellows, but let's take a look at what they do have in common. First and foremost: an intense hatred for the U.S. and everything it represents. For the Islamist(s), it's our western values and support for Israel's right to exist. For the Leftists, it's the principles of democracy and capitalism that this country stands for. Their common goal: the destruction of the U.S. and our way of life. They have voiced that desire on numerous occasions, and apparently believe that by uniting together they can accomplish that objective with greater ease. Central to this unholy alliance is Chavez and Ahmadinejad who have actively courted the others (and continue to do so with other developing countries) by pledging 2 billion dollars in aid for those who wish to disassociate themselves from U.S. influence (see my post on this). They have been duped into thinking they will gain immeasurably by joining forces (money talks!), but what price will the they pay, in the long run, when this marriage of convenience is no longer so convenient?
Another common denominator, between Ahmadinejad and the various Leftist leaders, is their desire for power and worldwide domination, and as much as they love to denounce what they term "U.S. imperialism", it is they who are the true imperialists (a post on this subject pending). Islamists would love nothing more than to establish a worldwide Caliphate, and the Leftists' goal is to spread their form of totalitarianism (or call it what you will) throughout the rest of the world. And if you don't think that Chavez will eventually lead Venezuela down the path towards Communism (just as Castro did with Cuba) you need to dig your head out of the proverbial sand. He's already started the process by nationalizing telecomm and utility companies, and by contemplating changing the constitution to allow for "indefinite re-election". And we all know what that will lead to, down the line. According to the current Venezuelan Constitution, Chavez is ineligible to run for re-election. By doing this he ensures his perpetual reign as king of Venezuela, just like all other dictators in the world have done, in the past. It remains to be seen what path the other Latin American Leftists lead their countries down, but I'd be very surprised if they don't follow in Chavez' footsteps. His influence (both monetary and through his bluster and rhetoric) was instrumental in turning many of the above mentioned countries leftist.
What I find ironic and pathetic, with both Chavez and Ahmadinejad, is that while their own people suffer greatly, they are willing to donate huge amounts of money to other countries. Not out of charity and goodwill, but out of hatred for the U.S., in an attempt to woo those countries to their "anti-U.S" side. Hatred plus hunger for power and domination is a lethal combination. If they combine their resources, you have a potentially explosive situation, both literally and figuratively.