Friday, September 16, 2005

The president of Venezuela made a stinging indictment of U.S. foreign policy and its occupation of Iraq in a speech to the United Nations yesterday.

Calling the United States a "terrorist state" for invading Iraq without provocation, President Hugo Chavez called for world leaders to move U.N. headquarters from New York to ""an international city" in the southern hemisphere.

"There were never weapons of mass destruction but Iraq was bombed," he reminded them, "and over U.N. objections," the U.S. invaded and still occupies a sovereign nation.

It is a black eye to the world body for headquarters to be housed in a nation that defies the assembly's collective will, according to Chavez. Imperialistic designs in the Middle East should not be rewarded; and colossal economic inequities in emergent and poor countries cry out for solutions beyond U.S. dominated policies.

The heat between the two governments was recently raised to near boiling point when Pat Robertson suggested intelligence officials take Chavez out, with only tepid criticism from the White House.

Peppered with anti-US speech, the Venezuelan leader spoke to the assembly for more than his allotted five minutes; and when reminded, he rebuked the official and told his audience, "[I]f Bush could speak for 20 minutes, so could he."

Asked to explain his remarks after his speech, Chavez told reporters "that the United States was a 'terrorist state' because of its actions in Iraq, Robertson's assassination call and for harboring Luis Posada Carriles, who is wanted for the bombing of a Cuban airliner."

When Chavez finished his speech, the assembly gave him a thundering applause. Apparently many nations do not like American foreign policy.

Por isto que eu bebo cachaça!!
On Monday (the 19th) Amy Goodman at Democracy Now is suppose to have an interview Chavez.
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I will only say this because I sympathize with your general perspective on most issues: Please do not endorse Hugo Chavez. While he might be an "enemy" of the current U.S. administration, it is not always wise to support the enemy of your enemy.

Hugo Chavez and his administration have devastated Venezuelan society in the name of "freedom" and "social justice", the same way Fidel Castro did it in 1959.

While Chavez's politics might seem interesting to a person of our political persuasion, reality tends to be less rosy for everyday Venezuelans who live under his rule.

For an eye opening read I recommend three excellent blogs:
"The Devil's Excrement"
"Daniel Venezuela News"
and the defunct but archived "Caracas Chronicles".

Hugo Chavez has succesfully played the part of victim while victimizing more than half the population of our country in pursuit of one goal, and goal only: power.

I recommend also you inform yourself about this item which should shock you out of your Chavez sympathy:
The Tascon List also known as Maisanta software. has an excellent piece on it.

Otherwise cheers, and my greetings, not alway do you find a true liberal Cuban-American.

Jose Mora. (venezolano para mas senhas)
Hugo Chavez may be an enemy of his own state but...I can't help but quote, promote and smirk when someone, ANYONE, puts Bush and his ilk in their place!
One pesky thought: How did he win the election?!?

Was it rigged? I seem to recall that international observers said it was a clean win.

I supposed, perhaps, maybe only as clean as our national elections during the last few cycles.
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