The fundamental contradiction and challenge today is between Latin America"s organized rural and urban masses and the US empire builders and their client rulers, transnational capitalists and NGO/trade union auxiliaries.
Successful military conquests have increased the power and independence of the militarists in shaping strategic global strategy over and against some of the concerns of the economic empire builders in the private sector.
Equally damaging, in the eyes of conventional military and intelligence strategists, the Zionists empire builders have projected the paranoid Israeli point of view of politics--a world full of enemies, Europeans who can't be trusted, Third World people as potential terrorists.
This leads critics and ideologues among some economic empire builders to question the militarists knowledge of the economic costs--short and long term--of an indiscriminate policy of military intervention and permanent wars.
Nevertheless, these disputes between capitalists and the military empire builders are clearly secondary to the powerful interests and policies that unite them.
What allows the US military empire builders to proceed in their quest for world conquest, despite inconsequential and passing criticism from their European allies is the knowledge that they have the solid backing of Wall Street and "Main Street" Moreover, the overseas power and corporate links of US MNCs and banks with their European counterparts has weakened European resolve to challenge US supremacy and strengthened the hand of the right-wing Berlusconi and Aznar regimes in Italy and Spain.
One of the great advantages of the US empire builders over Europe and even Japan is precisely their capacity to exploit workers (longer hours of work, no national health, pension or vacation plans), fire workers easily and cheaply, and relocate firms.
So we come back to the first contradiction, that between Latin America"s organized rural and urban masses and the US empire builders and their client rulers.
The military empire builders have established more military bases in more regions than ever before openly embracing a doctrine of permanent warfare and military intervention anywhere in the world--with the acquiescence of Europe and Japan.