New Canal Sought To Compete with Panama – Evokes Memories of “Fitzcarraldo”

Posted on November 14, 2010

The allure of South America, the enchantment of mixed cultures, an almost impossible enterprise and a jungle background –  it’s the stuff of movies.  Building the Panama Canal was one such adventure.  Anything the US can do, Chavez and his crones can do better, eh? But of course Venezuela, Nicaragua and Iran can build a canal to out do Panama.

A border incident between Costa Rica, a country without a military, and Nicaragua last week was seen as a trial balloon prior to Nicaragua, Venezuela and Iran (with its financing) pushing forward with plans to construct a canal utilizing a river that separates the two nations.

Another canal would deprive Panama of its primary income – the fees collected from users.  It would destabilize the area.  But what wouldn’t Chavez do to destabilize areas under US sway?  Costa Rica is a safe haven for many American retirees.  No matter, the government of Costa Rica has already taken the matter  before the OAS and other international bodies.

This renewed theatricality orchestrated by Chavez only serves to remind me of the infamous cinematic classic “Fitzcarraldo.”  The 1982 German movie (English subtitles) was a danger to the lives of the filmmakers, crew and Peruvian Indians to make.  It was so dangerous, that the director considered that a documentary about the making of “Fitzcarraldo” may be all that was possible.  The plot was as dense as the jungle itself and as seemingly endless:

Fitzcarraldo is an obsessed opera lover who wants to build an opera in the jungle. To accomplish this he first has to make a fortune in the rubber business, and his cunning plan involves hauling an enormous river boat across a small mountain with aid from the local Indians. [IMBD]

For Chavez to tickle the toes of  Uncle Sam is as the passion of Fitzcarraldo for opera to reach the jungle.  It’s an old song.  And like the movie, the end is unclear and the plot pointless.  However, Chavez and his crones are right out of central casting are they not?

Based on an article from Haaretz

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