Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What does Hugo Chavez's fan club say about his latest craziness?

Over the years, quite a few of leftist celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Danny Glover, Sean Penn, and Kevin Spacey have trooped down to Venezuela to express their admiration of Hugo Chavez. Maybe the next time that they're having a softball interview by the entertainment press, some reporter could ask them what they think of this latest bit of craziness from Chavez. He's expressed his admiration for Ilich Ramirez Sánchez, better known as Carlos the Jackal who was responsible for a wave of terrorist murders in the 1970s.
President Hugo Chávez has risked international ire by lauding Carlos the Jackal, the Venezuelan terrorist notorious for a series of bombings, kidnappings and hijackings across Europe, as a "revolutionary fighter" unjustly imprisoned for trying to defend the Palestinian people.

The leftist Venezuelan leader praised Carlos — whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sánchez — as "one of the great fighters of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation", denying he was a terrorist and claiming his lifetime imprisonment in France was unfair.

"I defend him," he said during a speech on Friday night. "It doesn’t matter to me what they say tomorrow in Europe."

Ramirez was incarcerated for life in France in 1997 for the 1975 murders of two French secret agents and an alleged informant, after being captured in Sudan three years earlier by French agents acting on a CIA tip and whisked to Paris in a sack. Mr Chávez said that this amounted to "kidnap".

He has admitted to leading a 1975 attack on the Opec headquarters in Vienna that killed 3 people, and has been linked to the 1976 hijacking of an Air France jet en route to Uganda. He is also blamed for a series of bomb attacks in Paris and a grenade attack on the English headquarters of an Israeli bank.

Most famously, it is believed that he was the "godfather" behind the murders of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Ramirez has also expressed support for al-Qaeda and spoken of his "relief" at the 9/11 attacks. It is not the first time that Mr Chávez has waded into controversy over Carlos the Jackal, who retains a small but ardent following in socialist Venezuela.
Add in his admiration for almost every murderous dictator of our time.
He drew the wrath of Ugandans after casting doubt on the crimes of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. "We thought he was a cannibal," said Mr Chávez of Amin, whose regime was notorious for torturing and killing suspected opponents in the 1970s. "I have doubts ... Maybe he was a great nationalist, a patriot."

....He recently hosted Mr Mugabe at a summit on Margarita Island in Venezuela and invited the Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to Caracas after claiming that the international warrant for his arrest over the genocide in Darfur was based on racism.

He has also forged ties with President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, often said to be Europe’s last dictator, and has built a military alliance with Moscow, visiting both countries as part of a recent tour that also included Iran, Syria, Algeria and Libya.
And, of course, there is closeness to the Castros and to Ahmadinejad.

So what is there about this crackpot that so many celebrities find appealing? Is it just his anti-Americanism and populist rhetoric? Is that all it takes for them to join the fan club?


Pat Patterson said...

If I didn't know better it almost looks like Chavez is picking his allies like someone who lost a coin toss and only gets to pick after the other team has filled its entire roster. Plus he hasn't really noticed that the real captain of the team is Iran and not himself.

tfhr said...

Pat Patterson,

Believe me, in Chavez' "mind", it is about him. His apparent megalomania is what will ultimately bring him down. That and I do really believe he is mentally ill, much in the way of Idi Amin. He could be Manuel Noriega and Amin's love child.

Nobody should be surprised about the affinity for Ilich Ramirez Sánchez. The linkage between Chavez and terrorist organizations and state sponsors of terrorism is extensive. The TimesOnline article featured in Betsy's post hit on some of Chavez' hideous associations, including Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, of Darfur genocide infamy. What went unsaid in the article is Chavez' support for the narco-terrorist organization, FARC, which is responsible of thousands of murders and kidnappings in Colombia as well as the production and distribution of cocaine and heroin. The drug trade also provides common cause with Chavez' Bolivian counterpart.

The Belarus connection is a proxy for Russian arms deals that sometimes tilt to the sensitive side. Iran's growing involvement in Venezuela builds on decades of Hezbollah infiltration in South America. They've been on Isla Margarit hiding amongst the overseas Arab population that has been there and in Colon, Panama for generations. Iran also has been very active in the tri-border region with Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. They've attacked Israeli interests and murdered Jews there as part of Iran's greater war against the West.

Watch as Chavez' insanity drives him to the brink. He will continue to persecute the opposition, silence dissenting media outlets, and exile or imprison those that dare to explore the few democratic means left to remove Chavez.

Beyond his own borders, Chavez will try to acquire the means to deliver a payload against the United States and we've already heard of his interest in "peaceful" nuclear development. When Chavez acquires the advanced air defense systems from Russia that Iran currently covets, it will only be a matter of time before the United States has a predicament resembling Iran in the Western Hemisphere. All along the way, Chavez will continue efforts to undermine democracies throughout Latin America and the Caribbean basin. This will precipitate a violent confrontation at some point unless Chavez can be removed from office peacefully. The problem is that his greatest efforts go toward eliminating that possibility.

Until then, I hope Chavez can keep himself distracted with his day-long megalomaniac-fest "Aló Presidente" each and every Saturday and plenty of dinner parties with Glover, Campbell, Spacey and Penn. Who know's? The way he's going, Chavez might have them over for a meal, Idi Amin style.

ic said...

Obama and Hillary allied with him against the Hondurans. Remember that one?

LarryD said...

Why? Narcissists are authoritarian: (emphasis added)
"In other words, they are suck-ups. They want to be authority figures and, short of that, they want to be associated with authority figures. In their hearts, they know they can't think well, have no judgment about what matters, are not connected with the world they inhabit, so they cling fanatically to the opinions of people they regard as authority figures -- such as their parents, teachers, doctors, ministers. Where relevant, this may include scientists or professors or artists, but narcissists stick to people they know personally, since they aren't engaged enough with the world to get their authoritative opinions from TV, movies, books or dead geniuses/saints/heroes. If they get in trouble over some or another opinion they've put forth, they'll blame the source -- "It was okay with Dr. Somebody," "My father taught me that," etc. If you're still thinking of the narcissist as odd-but-normal, this shirking of responsibility will seem dishonest and craven -- well, it is but it's really an admission of weakness: they really mean it: they said what they said because someone they admire or fear said it and they're trying to borrow that person's strength"

They admire Castro and Chavez because that's what they'd like to be. Their cultural forebears sucked up to Hitler the same way, before WWII.

tfhr said...


I almost went there but it might never have stopped.

Oh alright - We can steadfastly refrain from pushing Iran to drop it's nuclear program but we feel obliged to tell Israel where they can build a house or dictate what is constitutional in Honduras. Furthermore,...no, wait. I've got to stop. There's just too much too wrong about the Obama Administration and their friends regarding their willingness to get either cozy or deferential with the worst the world has to offer. You have to wonder when Mugabe will be in town to receive his official apology.

Pat Patterson said...

GDP for Venzuela shrank in the last quarter 4.5%. I can only imagine how much it will contract in a full fiscal year. I suspect that Chavez will be to attempt to keep his position either through show trials or pulling a Galtieri. Which didn't do the latter much good.

Bachbone said...

Re: the current Narcissus - Is it true that Obama's handlers had all the reflecting pools drained within 20 miles of Washington, D.C.? If not, what will he eventually morph into? A Barackium? An Husseinius? An Obamination? A Chitownthugia?

Pat Patterson said...

We'll need to examine every photo for marks on the knees of his trousers to check if he is examining himself in the reflection. And a word of advice for the the fans would be to not accept any swords from our President.