Venezuela is not just another banana-oil republic; and the United States has, once again, deeply damaged itself in Latin America.
Until America finds its own voice in the Palestinian-Israeli dispute, it is unlikely that America's voice will be heard or heeded in the Arab world.
At the UN and elsewhere, the U.S. has mounted a campaign to purge international civil servants judged to be out of step with Washington in the war on terrorism and its insistence that the U.S. have the last word in all global governance issues.
The security of Israelis and Palestinians is intertwined
Not only has Sharon's war on Arafat unified the Arab world in ways not seen in decades, it has also had the effect of undermining the legal basis for the continuing sanctions and U.S. bombing of Iraqi targets.
Not since the dawn of the nuclear age at the end of World War II has the danger of nuclear war been greater.
The Powell mission, whatever fig leaf it produces, has shown that the United States is unable or unwilling to impose peace. The only solution is for the whole world to join together and force the two sides to back off.
In a speech marking the 6-month anniversary of September 11th, President George Bush envisioned a "peaceful world beyond terror" where "disputes can be settled within the bounds of reason and good will and mutual security."
President Bush is currently being assailed from all sides for his Middle East foreign policy.
Oil policy must be seen within the context of Chávez's larger political project, which is an attempt to construct an alternative to neoliberal globalization.