Chavez and Ahmadinejad; Morales and Garcia

Chavez once again cemented those relations with Iranian premier Ahmadinejad. Receiving a warm welcome in Tehran, Chavez said that their country’s diplomatic relations are based on common goals – a snide remark based upon anti-Americanism, putting to one side any thought about progressive goals and values.

Some optimists still reckon Chavez’ relationship is beneficial to his aims of receiving energy, now that Iran are set with help from the Russians, and Venezuela is planning to have its first power station.

Since the election of Ahmadinejad, the two countries have signed 80 bilateral agreements.

The kind words and extended hug shared between the two leaders sets to remind us just how far the relationship between the Islamic Republic and the Bolivarian revolutionaries has come; simultaneously reminding us how saturated has Chavez’ idea of socialism become.

Though on more exciting news, across the way between Bolivia and Peru, Evo Morales – President of Bolivia and ally of Chavez – has just secured a small port about 10 miles from Peru’s southern port of Ilo, meaning Bolivia will have its doors open to “an international port, to the use of the ocean for global trade and for Bolivian products to have better access to global markets,” in the words of Morales.

He said: “Bolivia, sooner or later, will return to the sea.”

This will also be a boost to relations between the more Conservative Alan Garcia, Peru’s premier, and the socialist Evo.

Comparing the two stories, it’s not simply that socialists (Morales, Chavez) can’t and shouldn’t get along diplomatically with conservatives (Garcia, Ahmadinejad), but that socialists should not, and cannot, be aligned with dangerous fools.