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Friday, October 21, 2005

Invasion Sold Separately

(Welcome Anchoress readers!)

In the latest escapades of that Capitalist-Fighting Crime Buster, Hugo Chavez, we have the Venezuelan President ordering yesterday the expulsion of US Christian missionaries from his country, effective immediately.

Also on Thursday, we hear that he's in possession of intelligence about the United States government, where he claims the US is about to invade Venezuela.

I've said it once, and I'll say it again:

Hugo Chavez was slipped The Secret "How to Deal with Gringos Hijoputas" Decoder Ring by Fidel Castro.

Pontelo, y sintonisa a Miquimbim de Miami

Hugo Chavez may call himself just a "democratic" Socialist, but his pronouncements, his tendencies, and his actions are all that of a totalitarian Communist-just-before-outting-himself.

Thursday's dual anti-US whammy is straight from Castro's playbook on how to create an atmosphere of tension, fear and animosity in his more uninformed populace -- because the State controls the means of information --, whilst playing the yanqui-imperialismo card for all its worth.


Because Communism thrives in the foggy world of semi-truth.

It takes a grain of truth, and mixes it up with a bushel full of lies, all the while claiming they are the alternative to the hypocritical status-quo.

Its aim? To confuse people. To depress people. To frustrate people. The better to control them.

(And if you are reminded of some other entity after reading that, it's not surprising, since that's a similar tactic employed by news media. The difference is that the latter seek to control opinions, not people's very freedoms. They also have overseers in Blogosphere now. Mr. Chavez has none)

The kernel of truths here are that Christian missionaries DO seek to re-educate the populace, and that the current US administration DOES dislike Chavez' regime.

But it's the same old Marxist talking-points of "religion being the opium of the masses" and imperialism, in the guise of capitalist countries, being unacceptable.

Of course, imperialism is pretty much acceptable when it's in the form of Communist countries, like that of the ex-Soviet Union or currently the regime of Fidel Castro in Cuba, but that's another matter.

So let's recap. This is some of what Hugo Chavez has done and said this year:

July 2005

Chavez orders 700 dormant and over 1000 semi-dormant private businesses to re-open, saying that all idle businesses will be seized by the Venezuelan government, if not.

When many Venezuelans claimed this was nothing more than an attack on the right to private property, he said in a televised address to the nation:

"It's against our constitution," he said. "Just as we cannot permit good land to lie uncultivated, so we cannot allow perfectly productive factories to stay closed."

For good measure, he said in no uncertain terms:

"Either capitalism, which is the road to hell, or socialism, for those who want to build the kingdom of God here on Earth," he said.

Oh, and did I mention that good Communists always use the very language of their enemies, in trying to make a point?

In this case, the fire-and-brimstone language of preachermen or indeed, missionaries.

And don't say you weren't warned if he suddenly announces that he's a Communist. The man told us straight-out above.

July 2005 - Part Two

Under the imminent threat of the US invading Venezuela, (until that time, just a hunch), President Hugo Chavez encourages his countrymen to form and enter "citizen militias".

To that end, he ordered the purchase of 100,000 AK-47 rifles from Russia, and military helicopters from Brazil and Spain.

Then, the citizen-soldiers of all ages in the Popular Defence Units don a uniform of white t-shirts and black trousers, whilst getting military training in carparks, streets, and middle-class neighbourhoods.

"If somebody meddles with Venezuela, they'll repent for 100 centuries," the President declared. "If we have to fight a war to defend this country, we'll make the blood flow."

Wow. That's quite graphic rhetoric he used.

I bet you the international news media had a field day expressing outrage, as they did when President Bush said he would "smoke out" terrorists from their caves.

Or perhaps not.

August 2005

After the US Department of State revoked the visas of 6 Venezuelan officials, claiming they were not co-operating in their joint fight against drug-trafficking, he ordered the visas of 6 US officials in Venezuela to be likewise revoked.

The reasons given were two:

The Venezuelan government would institute a policy of "striking back" for every "attack" on their State.

And that anyway, these officials were sent away because they were really just spying for the US government.

"The DEA has used the pretext of fighting drug trafficking... to spy on Venezuela's government," he said last Sunday.

Of course, being resentful and retaliatory towards Americans is nothing new under the sun in South America.

When the US government instituted a policy of fingerprinting all visitors to the US after the 9/11 attacks, the Brazilian government immediately ordered only US citizens to be fingerprinted upon arrival in Brazil.

Then-Secretary of State, Colin Powell, called these measures discriminatory.

President Lula may be a reformed syndicalist in an Armani suit these days, but he still knows how to stick it to the Americans, Castro-style.

October 2005

A very busy month for Venezuela.

Early October marked the expanded transmission launch of Telesur, a new 24-hour satellite news channel, which has been likened to CNN, and less charitably called "Al-Bolivar" in reference to the anti-American attitudes of Al-Jezeera, the Arab-language satellite network.

N.B.: This Telesur is not to be confused with the Telesur available in many US cable systems. That is a 24/7 network which shows South American news programmes in their entirety to North American viewers. I myself have this cable channel, and watch Peruvian, Venezuelan, Bolivian, etc. news shows all the time. They used to feature Brazilian Band TV, but no longer.

Telesur, however, is a joint project of the governments of Venezuela, whose input is 51 % of the $10 million start-up capital, and it includes Argentina at 20%, Cuba 19%, and Uruguay 10%.

This new channel comes on the heels of such community television projects as Catia TV, which puts cameras in the hands of poor villagers to tell their stories. That's a good thing.

Telesur has different goals.

Said the Colombian-born news director of Telesur, Mr. Botero:

"Some news always upsets some people. We'll just have to put up with that and always defend our independence - which does not mean we'll be neutral. Independence, yes. But neutrality, never."

So they don't even plan to pay lip-service to what MSM at least says guides them, the ethos of impartial news reporting.

Telesur programming thus far has been described as a "History Channel for left-wing intellectuals".

It features documentaries on the last days of Che Guevara, Sandinista victories over Anastasio Somoza, the harsh living conditions of Bolivian miners, and that darling of the Nielsen ratings, the unsuccesful revolts of the Montoneros "movement" against Argentine governments in the 1970s.

(Susan Sarandon would KILL to have Telesur)

Perhaps it's for the best that Telesur is following a more honest course than many international news outlets do.

Although of course, it is still run, funded, and staffed by the State, unlike CNN.

Or, come to think of it, Al Gore's CurrentTV.

October - Part Two

President Chavez was deeply chagrined at the continued presence of US Christian missionaries, the Florida-based New Tribes organisation, in his country.

New Tribes are an international missionary group of some 3200 staffers who seek to evangelise indigenous peoples in South America, and who have bases in 17 countries, including in West Africa and South East Asia.

But according to President Chavez, New Tribes are nothing more than part of the US government spy network, intent on toppling him from power, or at the very least, are an unwelcome part of Yankee imperliasm.

They're to be kicked out of their encampments immediately by presidential order.

Monica la fat cotorra

"This is an irreversible decision that I have made. We don't want the New Tribes here. Enough colonialism!"

Of course, it's tough to be a Christian organisation today.

In 2001, the Russia government of Mr. Vladimir Putin targeted the Salvation Army, claiming that they were a "military organisation" and that they posed a "threat to national security".

So remember that when you drop a quarter in their hats this Christmas, it may not be going to soup kitchens to feed the poor, but for boot camps to train the hyper-militant.

October 2005 - Part Three

In a Paris interview Thursday to the BBC, President Chavez claimed he had "detected intelligence" saying that the US planned an invsasion of Venezuela.

The BBC reporter, Robin Lustig, called him a "charming provacateur" and said he was "a lamb", for answering his questions concisely.

A lamb! Digest that for a moment, if you will. Mint sauce to your left.

This is the lamb who considers himself a friendly ally of Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, who even many leftists denounce as the most brutal of dictators.

The reporter was absolutely bowled over by the Bolivarian Revolutionary's charm offensive, saying that:

"Hugo Chavez smiles a lot - or at least he does when he's talking to this interviewer".

Yes, it's just for you, Mr. Lustig. Only for you.

(If you are momentarily taken back to the Fidel Castro interview granted to Barbara Walters in 1977, you may be excused. She said he "charmed her", after flirting shamelessly on the Boobtube on prime time)

As for why the US would want to invade Venezuela? Well, it's as obvious as a boil on your thumb.

What do they want? Our oil, as they did in Iraq. [...]

He also denied claims that Venezuela was a threat to the international community, saying that his country wanted open relations with the whole world - a multi-polar world - but "with respect".

"George W Bush should not have any reason to fear. If he does it is because he has a dark ghost in his subconscious," he said.

And by transposing the paranoia to another party, rather than admitting it is he who is paranoid, he is taking yet again a twist of that Secret Decoder Ring, since imminent invasions and planned overthrows of Fidel Castro's regime have been a well-worn crowd pleaser in Cuba for years.


Because, and stop me if you've heard this one before, Communism thrives in the foggy world of semi-truth.

It takes a grain of truth, and mixes it up with a bushel full of lies, all the while claiming they are the alternative to the hypocritical status-quo.

The US government did indeed try to overthrow Castro's government, as it no doubt wants Chavez to leave from whence he came.

Enter Pat Robertson last month, with his "Fatwa" talk against Chavez, and he has his excuse to transform one loon's eye-for-the-ratings hit-talk and then propagate these charges against the US government forever.

In fact, the only reason this or any other US government would have reason to target Mr. Chavez, is if his government suddenly had a nuclear programme or nuclear bases like in those fateful days of October 1962, when President Kennedy countered a nuclear missile threat to the US mainland, via Cuba.

But if in the intervening 43 years, the United States of America has not "invaded" Cuba or "toppled" Castro, chances are that charismatic lamb, Hugo Chavez, is as safe as houses.

Mr. Chavez is enjoying his time on the world stage, and when not charming the pants of off BBC reporters, he is having a magnificent time in the hands of 5 year-old boys.

Yes. Hugo Chavez is now a doll action figure.

H/T Babalu Blog

But for a change, his mentor, President Fidel Castro, is not impressed by his pupil's new-found Mattel-status.

For as he no doubt emailed Hugo Chavez, upon seeing this doll action figure:

"Por tu madre, chico. Been there, done that!"



  • chavez will ruin Venezuela just as surely as castro destroyed Cuba. Even though oil prices have skyrocketed since chavez came to power, poverty in Venezuela continues to rise!

    God Help Venezuela!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Fri Oct 21, 09:41:00 am GMT-4  

  • I agree with Jose, a certain elite will exist but the people are headed toward destitution. And Hugo will become even more shrill towards the U.S. as Castro has always been.
    Their electronic abilities worry me, it seems they cover much of S. America but the chance of an opposing point of view, conservatism, or even religion is not going to happen. I think too, that it is only a matter of time until we have to face a country developing a nuclear weapon in our hemisphere. That's probably stating the obvious, huh? Then what?

    By Blogger Paul, at Fri Oct 21, 12:36:00 pm GMT-4  

  • The Soviet Union found it useful to keep their people in fear of a coming invasion from America (the Great Satan). Fidel Castro has used the same idea of a coming invasion from the US to keep his people off-balance and fearful of the future. Hugo is borrowing from the existing Communist party playbook for subjugating his people with a lie spread through the state controlled press. He is indeed following a path to Communism that has been layed out by the Soviet Union. The next predictable step will be to start annexing the countries around him once he has consolidated power in Venezuela. Unfortunately, America's response will be economic isolation and ultimately military force to curtail any annexing of surrounding countries by Chavez. He is indeed a cancer in the heart of South America.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Oct 21, 04:33:00 pm GMT-4  

  • chavez will ruin Venezuela just as surely as castro destroyed Cuba. Even though oil prices have skyrocketed since chavez came to power, poverty in Venezuela continues to rise!

    God Help Venezuela!

    Unfortunately, all you say is true, and yet people don't believe it.

    They are willing to give the benefit of the doubt to anyone who even remotely trumpets his kind of philosophy.

    In reality, though, only the poorest and least educated people believe in what he says 100%.

    The majority of people, including many of his supporters, know that a lot of what he says is to be taken with a grain of salt.

    They know he's a buffoon, with his little red berets, and his parrots, and his "blood bath" references, but they think it's a welcome joke on the world stage.

    As long as he delivers, that is, talking negatively about Capitalism, talking conspiratorially against the US, referring to his opponents as crooks and liars, they will like him, no matter what.

    And that's where they will fail.

    Tell me, where are the leftists icons today?

    Fidel Castro, a deluded, marginalised old man on an island.

    Che Guevara, dead, killed by order of Castro.

    Pol Pot and Ho Chi Minh, dead and hated by his own.

    The list is endless.

    And they're on the losing side of history.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Oct 21, 08:27:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Hey Anonymous. *G*

    Unfortunately, America's response will be economic isolation and ultimately military force to curtail any annexing of surrounding countries by Chavez. He is indeed a cancer in the heart of South America.

    That's the thing -- he was in Paris yesterday talking about trade between both countries, whilst saying that the education programme sponsored by the US government, to help educate youngsters about drugs, was "American interventionism" in the regiion and that he was willing to do something about that.

    What that is, I have no idea, but watch out...

    He has a heck a of a lot more in common with FARC than with the stately President Uribe.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Oct 21, 08:33:00 pm GMT-4  

  • until we have to face a country developing a nuclear weapon in our hemisphere. That's probably stating the obvious, huh? Then what?

    Brazil was given a nuclear reactor which has lain fallow for a while near Rio de Janeiro.

    However, despite their crotchety attitude to US' fingerprinting restrictions, I think we have nothing to fear from Brazilians.

    They're not fighters, and neither are their leaders.

    But that's not the case elsewhere in South America though...


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Oct 21, 08:36:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Anonymous, you are correct in your assessment. Chavez's "Bolivarian revolution" implicitly implies annexing nearby countries, as Bolivar did.
    Whether the neighboring countries will go along with that is another story.

    By the time Chavez is ready to annex anything, I don't believe he's going to be able to afford it. There isn't that much oil and drug money for him to pay off that many people.

    By Blogger Fausta, at Sat Oct 22, 08:52:00 am GMT-4  

  • This is a first-rate post. I saw it on the Anchoress.

    By Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon, at Sun Oct 23, 03:31:00 pm GMT-4  

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