By Peter Fredson
September 22, 2006
The President of Venezuela addressed the U.N. Assembly this week. His unkind references to the President of the United States, George W. Bush, made many people uncomfortable, electing a huge variety of boorish, loutish, obscene, and uncomplimentary remarks.
I have examined the Chavez speech in detail, and find that much of what was criticized was actually warranted. If we leave out the jingoistic and nationalistic sentimental fervor of "true" Americans to some statements, the rest is all fairly well documented.
Let's examine some quotes from President Chavez and see if they are factual or erroneous.
I have said much the same in my blogs. We are at the mercy of a cabal of neocon thugs that have taken over our country and turned it into a semi-fascist theocratic corporation. They have usurped all governmental institutions and instruments, for personal profit and glory. They have involved us in a bloody, unnecessary and costly war through stealth, lies, deceit, secrecy and aggressive actions according to preconceived conspiratorial actions.
"The devil is right at home. The devil, the devil himself, is right in the house. A sword hanging over our heads."
"Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world"
As I look back at my archive of bloggers I see that many would share this sentiment, although without using the religious rhetoric. Bush started this crap with his "Axis of Evil", with his "God told me to do it," and with his "Bring 'em on" swagger and bluster. George, Dick, Rove, and Rice all are ultra-aggressive chicken-hawks who are willing to give your lives for their bank accounts. Bush is NO messiah, not even close. Swagger and smirk.
"I think we could call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday's statement made by the president of the United States. As the spokesman of imperialism, he (Bush) came to share his nostrums, to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world."
Everyone knows that, as elections get closer, the Bush apparatus will use every trick, every dirty device, and every smear tactic, to remain in power. They do not intend to relax their hold on smaller nations, but intend to continue for world domination. That is documented.
"The American empire is doing all it can to consolidate its system of domination. And we cannot allow them to do that. We cannot allow world dictatorship to be consolidated."
Bush wants army bases all over the world to be able to crush any hint of dissent by utmost violence. Bush tries to control all the media, using whatever means are necessary to avoid criticism.
"The world parent's statement -- cynical, hypocritical, full of this imperial hypocrisy from the need they have to control everything."
Does any reasonable person dispute this claim? Is it not factual? Bush wants total control of media, of expression, of economy, of environment, of Congress, and of the courts.
"It's the false democracy of elites, and, I would say, a very original democracy that's imposed by weapons and bombs and firing weapons. What type of democracy do you impose with marines and bombs?"
Bush has no idea of the meaning of Democracy, Freedom, or Sovereignty. He makes a mockery of our utmost values. Imagine a soldier who just shot someone through the head, winning "hearts and minds" by giving the orphans some chewing gum or a chocolate bar? Does a sovereign nation harbor an occupying army with weapons at the ready? Is death and destruction a synonym for Freedom?
"The president of the United States, yesterday, said to us, right here, in this room, and I'm quoting, "Anywhere you look, you hear extremists telling you can escape from poverty and recover your dignity through violence, terror and martyrdom."
"Wherever he looks, he sees extremists. And you, my brother -- he looks at your color, and he says, oh, there's an extremist. Evo Morales, the worthy president of Bolivia, looks like an extremist to him."
Bush sees terrorists under every bed, in every closet, in every critic. For him and Cheney treachery is everywhere that they are criticized. Bush detests minorities and poor people, thinking they are cursed by his God for some 2,000 year-old sin.
"The imperialists see extremists everywhere. It's not that we are extremists. It's that the world is waking up. It's waking up all over. And people are standing up."
There were NO organized terrorists in Iraq before Bush decided to sucker our Congress and invade Iraq with his villainous "Shock and Awe." Bush has killed more than ten times as many Iraqis as the Al Qaeda group killed in the Twin Towers, but still he is not satisfied with Muslim blood. He is not satisfied with oil, with bases, with huge embassies, with his tanks and missiles striking anywhere in the world. He has no compunction against invading friendly nations to accomplish ill-gotten and immoral gain. His ego knows no bounds, he wants the world with his fence around it.
"We are rising up against the empire, against the model of domination."
What's wrong with that statement? I have seen a hundred blogs accusing Bush of imperial pretensions and preemptive aggression.
"But the government doesn't want peace. The government of the United States doesn't want peace. It wants to exploit its system of exploitation, of pillage, of hegemony through war."
Bush doesn't really want to leave Iraq. As long as he stays there he remains as a War President, above our laws, with contempt for our Constitution. Once he leaves, his only recourse is to go back to cutting brush and coupons, if not to face some sort of impeachment or court for gross contempt of laws and war crimes.
"It wants peace. But what's happening in Iraq? What happened in Lebanon? In Palestine? What's happening? What's happened over the last 100 years in Latin America and in the world? And now threatening Venezuela -- new threats against Venezuela, against Iran?"
The same questions have been asked countless times in our blogs, without a single satisfactory answer from the Bush cabal. On the other hand he never has answered Cindy Sheehan either. Ah, well.
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