Остановить гонку вооружений в Латинской Америке

В последние несколько недель многие наблюдатели за военной ситуацией в Латинской Америке заметили признаки возможного начала новой гонки вооружений в регионе. Президент Бразилии Луис Инасио «Лула» да Сильва использовал посещение «Тикуны» - первой построенной в Бразилии подводной лодки, как возможность подчеркнуть свою поддержку бразильской армии.

Президент Венесуэлы Хьюго Чавез объявил о намерении приобрести российские истребители класса МиГ и бразильские низковысотные самолеты-разведчики, а также увеличить военные расходы - действия, возможно, вызванные недавними проблемами с Колумбией. Даже Чили после долгого процесса взвешивания существующих альтернатив продолжает рассматривать возможность приобретения дюжины реактивных истребителей американского или совместного шведско-бразильского производства.

Начинается ли в Латинской Америке новая гонка вооружений? Если да, то существует ли потенциальная возможность того, что она может помочь решить экономические и социальные проблемы континента?

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