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  •  Agree About Iran, But Don't Think It Is a Threat. (1+ / 0-)
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    The great Iranian revolution in 1979 was perverted when the orthodox Muslims wrested power from the left and proceeded to annihilate them, along with such peaceful groups as the Bai Hais.   But the same thing could be said about Israel.

    The religious extremists severely retrogressed the position of Iranian women, who had been relatively free under the Shah's policies.  For that, I wholeheartedly dislike the current orthodox religious leadership there.  

    But I do believe that U.S.- Israeli allegations about them building atomic weapons are false.  Just as Iraq was invaded, not because of "weapons of mass destruction" but because Saddam refused to sell oil to Israel and dared to violate the U.S. dollar denominated oil sales rules, so is Iran a victim of totally false propaganda about atomic weapons to justify taking control of that country as well.  

    Saddam didn't have weapons of mass destruction (other than those chemicals sold to him by the U.S.) and Iran does not have atomic weapons, although Israel surely does, but tries to hide them.

    Given the U.S. dominated world political reality and the danger of U.S. attempts at wresting Ve's oil reserves from socialist Venezuela, I'm not sure Chavez has a free choice in making allies, such as Iran.  Don't like it, but recognize necessity.

    Convict Bush, Cheney and their torture cabal. Support universal health care,unions, WikiLeaks and Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

    by Justina on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:07:05 AM PDT

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    •  I agree with you.... (1+ / 0-)
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      Iran is not a threat to anyone in terms of nuclear weapons, etc.   As you say the mullahs overtook the left, unfortunately, after the Iranian revolution and that was a horrible outcome.   Although I understand the need of Chavez to have allies, this particular alliance really bothers me.   Iran is not any better than the Saudis.   They are both horrendous religious theocracies.  

      In any case, independently of the Iran issue, Chavez has accomplished a real lot.   He has unified and strengthened the left in South America and has influence all over the world.   His model of socialism is probably the only realistic option left these days.   I am just worried what would happen in Venezuela if he is not around.   I am afraid that he will not live long.   Unfortunately, I am not convinced at all his cancer is "cured".   Hopefully he has succession plans in place.    

      •  Many Good Younger Leaders Developed. (0+ / 0-)

        The Chavez movement has developed many outstanding younger leaders who could take over if something happens to President Chavez.  He is a visionary and would be sorely missed, but he is also a born teacher, who has taught some of the younger leaders and the whole population very well.  I am not worried about this.  Chavez's ideas will have a very long half-life here.

        Convict Bush, Cheney and their torture cabal. Support universal health care,unions, WikiLeaks and Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

        by Justina on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:15:20 PM PDT

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