Lodge, George C.
July 1969
Foreign Affairs;Jul1969, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p735
This article focuses on the foreign aid provided by the U.S. to Latin America. Latin America confronts an ideological crisis. Given the national predilections this is the kind of problem we find most difficult to deal with. The central issue is revolution, a radical, structural change in the political, economic and social systems of Latin America and its relationship with the U.S. The changing nature of the cold war and the demise of the communist apparatus as an important threat in Latin America have removed the most readily understood and for some the most compelling purpose of our foreign policy and program in Latin America. On the other hand, the chief concern of the government of the U.S. must be the survival of the American people. Survival is threatened by the existence anywhere of chaos and disorganization. These produce sociopolitical vacuums which the bully and the predator are tempted to fill aggressively. In this day and age such aggression can bring the threat of total war. The second concern of the U.S. government must be the protection of the rights and interests of U.S. citizens in Latin America. The cause of conflict in Latin America comes in large measure from the desire of increasing numbers to achieve these rights. In the context of the Latin American environment this achievement requires change which is sufficiently radical to deserve the name of revolution. It thus becomes the interest of the U.S. to promote that revolution. It is a subsidiary interest to promote the revolution in such a way that the violent conflict which often accompanies radical change is minimized.


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