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justinaforjustice Donating Member (519 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-23-09 09:30 AM
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162. Provocation -- From Whom?
Edited on Mon Mar-23-09 09:36 AM by justinaforjustice
The provocation came from Obama, who publicly castigated Chavez for "Exporting terrorism", a charge that is baseless. Chavez's contacts with the FARC were at the official request of Colombia's president, Uribe, who asked Chavez to negotiate for the release of FARC's Colombian hostages. Chavez did so with much success, although greatly hampered by the U.S.'s equipping a Colombian military team, from its base in Ecuador, which illegally bombed the Ecuadorian camp of the FARC's chief negotiator, thus committing murder, international crimes, and obstructing the release of hostages.

Obama's charge is also almost laughably hypocritical, coming as it does from a country which has done little but foment anti-democratic terrorism and commit international crimes Latin American and around the world for more than the last hundred years.
Is the U.S.'s illegal invasion of Iraq not a terrorist act of the most horrendous proportions?

But, in response, did Chavez even call Obama an ignoramus? No, the translation "ignoramus" is in-exact:

CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday called President Barack Obama "ignorant," saying he has a lot to learn about Latin America.

The socialist leader said he had been ready to name a new ambassador in Washington when Obama took office, but put that on hold after the new U.S. president accused him of "exporting terrorism" and being an obstacle to progress in the region.

"At least one could say, 'poor ignorant person,'" Chavez said on his weekly television and radio program, adding that Obama "should read a little bit so that he learns about ... the reality of Latin America >

Either President Obama is truly ignorant about Venezuela and relying on the same State Department hacks who wrote Bush administration press releases about Chavez and Venezuela, or he is building Chavez into his own straw man, pandering to right wingers, to prove how tough he is on terrorism. In either case, Obama's accusations against Chavez are patiently false and he should be ashamed of them. Why go out of his way to make scurrilous remarks about the democratically elected president of another country who supplies the U.S. with oil and who has made statements indicating his desire to improve relations with the U.S.?
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