I can’t think of any other reason why he would say something like this, unless he’s also a plant.
“Hugo Chavez is a destabilizing factor in the region. Hugo Chavez is dis-accelerating the process of integration. But despite Hugo Chavez the region for the first time in its history has an enormous opportunity to make a qualitative jump and take a predominant place in the world economy.”
I did tell you to wait, didn’t I? Here’s the part I told you to wait for:
Toledo, who was president of Peru from July 2001 until July 2006, worked for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations before his election.
The World Bank? Yeah, that’s a wonderful qualifying factor right there. No wonder he thinks Chavecito is a “destabilizing factor” who is “dis-accelerating the process of integration”. The fact is, Chavecito is a stabilizer who is integrating Latin America in a way that shuts the international bankers (especially the World Bank and its Bretton Woods twin, the IMF) out of it and puts people first. Toledo, the failed neo-liberal of Peru, is probably pissed as hell to see all the bogus “progress” he worked so hard for falling apart now that he’s no longer in any position to do doodly-squat about it.
Three guesses as to who the real destabilizing, “dis-accelerating” (is that even a word?) influence in Latin America (still) is.