Brazil comes to its senses

Earlier this morning, I warned that Brazil was ‘kissing a scorpion’ in its endorsement of castro’s newest minime, Evo Morales of Bolivia.

All of a sudden, Brazil has made a U-turn and now says it never meant to say it endorsed Evo Morales. Boy! That was fast! I think they just realized what a damnfool thing that really is to climb into bed with a small castro.

Or maybe, Brazil’s endorsement in the end meant that Morales lost votes. If that happened, well and good. But I hope to think that Lula has more sense than that. I felt he was trying to appease the scorpion and thought that flattering him would be the way to do it. If Brazil went and lost votes for Morales in the polls, so much the better! Whatever it is, Brazil needs to wise up about this Bolivian thug, he’s no damn good.

The story is here:

BRAZIL-BOLIVIA
Brazil says it’s not backing Morales in Bolivia

Brasilia, Dec 1 (EFE).- Brazil sought Thursday to downplay what were perceived as its president’s expressions of support for the leftist Indian candidate leading polls in the run-up to this month’s presidential election in neighboring Bolivia.

Brazil “has no candidate” in Bolivia’s Dec. 18 presidential election and only is interested in having that country’s institutions strengthened, an official spokesman said Thursday.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s international affairs adviser, Marco Aurelio Garcia, said that “Brazil has no intention of meddling in Bolivia’s internal affairs.” Garcia’s comments to foreign reporters came a day after Lula – during a meeting with Argentine President Nestor Kirchner – appeared to express support for the Bolivian candidate.

“At no moment in history have we had such a chance to have a South America that goes out of its way for its people,” said Lula, a leftist, as is Kirchner.
“I told Kirchner now: ‘imagine what the election of (leftist-populist President Hugo) Chavez meant in Venezuela, imagine what it will mean if Evo Morales wins the elections in Bolivia,” Lula said.

In recent polls, Morales – the leader of the Movement Toward Socialism – enjoyed a slight lead over his main rival, former President Jorge Quiroga.
According to Garcia, those remarks did not mean that the Brazilian government supports or prefers Morales over other candidates.

“Brazil supports the strengthening of democracy … and is convinced that these elections will be key to normalizing the country’s institutional situation,” Garcia said. EFE ed/mc