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March 02, 2010


Marcio Bernardo

Can't see anything good coming from Lula trying to engage Iran... He is going to be a tool for a dangerous regime and I'm afraid that any strong American reaction to this "foreign policy" will only serve to increase popular support for a Brazil-Iran engagement due to anti-american sentiment that was revived during Bush years, so this can get ugly very fast.

As far as I understand the purchase of the airplanes is already set in stone, with Lula administration choosing France for political reasons.

Rachel, I feel your pain. I recently "lost" a whole week trying to rescue my PC from a nasty virus/spy-ware, which blocked my antivirus software and controlled any internet browser I tried to open. In my case creating a pen-drive (from a safe PC) with these anti-malwares http://www.pendriveapps.com/software/portable-antispyware-malware/ solved my problems, if you are tech savvy you might want to create a bootable pen-drive with this program http://www.bootzilla.org/.

mallory elise

ahahahaha. i remember him telling me about your conversation, hey don't get him started on politics (much less on his own country) or he'll never stop! he'll be very happy to hear about his influence though, he is annoyingly brilliant :P


I'm not sure there's a problem with Lula engaging Iran. Engaging doesn't necessarily mean cooperating. I think it's a positive development that Lula is continuing what FHC started in terms of foreign policy: establishing Brazil on the world stage and setting it apart from other countries in Latin America. While there's plenty to complain about with regard to the Lula government, I think its continued display of independence is a positive step.

The focus on Iran should not be on nuclear weapons, but on the human rights abuses. Placing sanctions on Iran could have the same effect it did on Iraq: the money stayed with Saddam, the people suffered. I think the Lula government's resistance, even if Brazil does support sanctions down the road, is an important tool against rubber-stamping U.S. foreign policy.

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