(AP Photo, “Se Busca,” or Bush Wanted for Terrorism)
Raymundo Riva Palacio, writing in Mexico’s El Universal, called Señor Bush “…un cínico,” which to me sounds so much better than cynic, with a case of “memoria corta,” very “short memory” indeed. Palacio’s comments come at the heels of at least six years of neglect for the region and, not surprisingly, a symbolic upsurge in the popularity of Hugo Chávez; shamefully, the purported voice of the Latin American left as he’s been painted in the U.S. press. Fortunately, most Latin Americans know better; a fact lost to presumptuous estadounidenses who seem to see Chávez as a Venezuelan Speedy Gonázlez on crack. But such are the popular lumpings of las Américas in the national imagination. His rating in the region is along the lines of Señor Bush: 25% according to the BBC’s Spanish Language Service, and has been for a while. And we have Señor Bush to thank for that 25%.
And you know it’s a problem when Mayan Indians need to cleanse the land he walks on. Click here.