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Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 by CommonDreams.org

Chavez' Address to the United Nations

by Hugo Chavez
Address to the UN
New York
September 20, 2006

 

Representatives of the governments of the world, good morning to all of you. First of all, I would like to invite you, very respectfully, to those who have not read this book, to read it.

Noam Chomsky, one of the most prestigious American and world intellectuals, Noam Chomsky, and this is one of his most recent books, 'Hegemony or Survival: The Imperialist Strategy of the United States.'" [Holds up book, waves it in front of General Assembly.] "It's an excellent book to help us understand what has been happening in the world throughout the 20th century, and what's happening now, and the greatest threat looming over our planet.

The hegemonic pretensions of the American empire are placing at risk the very survival of the human species. We continue to warn you about this danger and we appeal to the people of the United States and the world to halt this threat, which is like a sword hanging over our heads. I had considered reading from this book, but, for the sake of time," [flips through the pages, which are numerous] "I will just leave it as a recommendation.

It reads easily, it is a very good book, I'm sure Madame [President] you are familiar with it. It appears in English, in Russian, in Arabic, in German. I think that the first people who should read this book are our brothers and sisters in the United States, because their threat is right in their own house.

The devil is right at home. The devil, the devil himself, is right in the house.

"And the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right here." [crosses himself] "And it smells of sulfur still today.

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.

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 came to share his nostrums, to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world.

An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: "The Devil's Recipe."

As Chomsky says here, clearly and in depth, 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.

The world parent's statement -- cynical, hypocritical, full of this imperial hypocrisy from the need they have to control everything.

They say they want to impose a democratic model. But that's their democratic model. 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 a strange democracy. Aristotle might not recognize it or others who are at the root of democracy.

What type of democracy do you impose with marines and bombs?

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.

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.

I have the feeling, dear world dictator, that you are going to live the rest of your days as a nightmare because the rest of us are standing up, all those who are rising up against American imperialism, who are shouting for equality, for respect, for the sovereignty of nations.

Yes, you can call us extremists, but we are rising up against the empire, against the model of domination.

The president then -- and this he said himself, he said: "I have come to speak directly to the populations in the Middle East, to tell them that my country wants peace."

That's true. If we walk in the streets of the Bronx, if we walk around New York, Washington, San Diego, in any city, San Antonio, San Francisco, and we ask individuals, the citizens of the United States, what does this country want? Does it want peace? They'll say yes.

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.

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?

He spoke to the people of Lebanon. Many of you, he said, have seen how your homes and communities were caught in the crossfire. How cynical can you get? What a capacity to lie shamefacedly. The bombs in Beirut with millimetric precision?

This is crossfire? He's thinking of a western, when people would shoot from the hip and somebody would be caught in the crossfire.

This is imperialist, fascist, assassin, genocidal, the empire and Israel firing on the people of Palestine and Lebanon. That is what happened. And now we hear, "We're suffering because we see homes destroyed.'

The president of the United States came to talk to the peoples -- to the peoples of the world. He came to say -- I brought some documents with me, because this morning I was reading some statements, and I see that he talked to the people of Afghanistan, the people of Lebanon, the people of Iran. And he addressed all these peoples directly.

And you can wonder, just as the president of the United States addresses those peoples of the world, what would those peoples of the world tell him if they were given the floor? What would they have to say?

And I think I have some inkling of what the peoples of the south, the oppressed people think. They would say, "Yankee imperialist, go home." I think that is what those people would say if they were given the microphone and if they could speak with one voice to the American imperialists.

And that is why, Madam President, my colleagues, my friends, last year we came here to this same hall as we have been doing for the past eight years, and we said something that has now been confirmed -- fully, fully confirmed.

I don't think anybody in this room could defend the system. Let's accept -- let's be honest. The U.N. system, born after the Second World War, collapsed. It's worthless.

Oh, yes, it's good to bring us together once a year, see each other, make statements and prepare all kinds of long documents, and listen to good speeches, like Abel's yesterday, or President Mullah's . Yes, it's good for that.

And there are a lot of speeches, and we've heard lots from the president of Sri Lanka, for instance, and the president of Chile.

But we, the assembly, have been turned into a merely deliberative organ. We have no power, no power to make any impact on the terrible situation in the world. And that is why Venezuela once again proposes, here, today, 20 September, that we re-establish the United Nations.

Last year, Madam, we made four modest proposals that we felt to be crucially important. We have to assume the responsibility our heads of state, our ambassadors, our representatives, and we have to discuss it.

The first is expansion, and Mullah talked about this yesterday right here. The Security Council, both as it has permanent and non-permanent categories, (inaudible) developing countries and LDCs must be given access as new permanent members. That's step one.

Second, effective methods to address and resolve world conflicts, transparent decisions.

Point three, the immediate suppression -- and that is something everyone's calling for -- of the anti-democratic mechanism known as the veto, the veto on decisions of the Security Council.

Let me give you a recent example. The immoral veto of the United States allowed the Israelis, with impunity, to destroy Lebanon. Right in front of all of us as we stood there watching, a resolution in the council was prevented.

Fourthly, we have to strengthen, as we've always said, the role and the powers of the secretary general of the United Nations.

Yesterday, the secretary general practically gave us his speech of farewell. And he recognized that over the last 10 years, things have just gotten more complicated; hunger, poverty, violence, human rights violations have just worsened. That is the tremendous consequence of the collapse of the United Nations system and American hegemonistic pretensions.

Madam, Venezuela a few years ago decided to wage this battle within the United Nations by recognizing the United Nations, as members of it that we are, and lending it our voice, our thinking.

Our voice is an independent voice to represent the dignity and the search for peace and the reformulation of the international system; to denounce persecution and aggression of hegemonistic forces on the planet.

This is how Venezuela has presented itself. Bolivar's home has sought a nonpermanent seat on the Security Council.

Let's see. Well, there's been an open attack by the U.S. government, an immoral attack, to try and prevent Venezuela from being freely elected to a post in the Security Council.

The imperium is afraid of truth, is afraid of independent voices. It calls us extremists, but they are the extremists.

And I would like to thank all the countries that have kindly announced their support for Venezuela, even though the ballot is a secret one and there's no need to announce things.

But since the imperium has attacked, openly, they strengthened the convictions of many countries. And their support strengthens us.

Mercosur, as a bloc, has expressed its support, our brothers in Mercosur. Venezuela, with Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, is a full member of Mercosur.

And many other Latin American countries, CARICOM, Bolivia have expressed their support for Venezuela. The Arab League, the full Arab League has voiced its support. And I am immensely grateful to the Arab world, to our Arab brothers, our Caribbean brothers, the African Union. Almost all of Africa has expressed its support for Venezuela and countries such as Russia or China and many others.

I thank you all warmly on behalf of Venezuela, on behalf of our people, and on behalf of the truth, because Venezuela, with a seat on the Security Council, will be expressing not only Venezuela's thoughts, but it will also be the voice of all the peoples of the world, and we will defend dignity and truth.

Over and above all of this, Madam President, I think there are reasons to be optimistic. A poet would have said "helplessly optimistic," because over and above the wars and the bombs and the aggressive and the preventive war and the destruction of entire peoples, one can see that a new era is dawning.

As Silvio Rodriguez says, the era is giving birth to a heart. There are alternative ways of thinking. There are young people who think differently. And this has already been seen within the space of a mere decade. It was shown that the end of history was a totally false assumption, and the same was shown about Pax Americana and the establishment of the capitalist neo-liberal world. It has been shown, this system, to generate mere poverty. Who believes in it now?

What we now have to do is define the future of the world. Dawn is breaking out all over. You can see it in Africa and Europe and Latin America and Oceanea. I want to emphasize that optimistic vision.

We have to strengthen ourselves, our will to do battle, our awareness. We have to build a new and better world.

Venezuela joins that struggle, and that's why we are threatened. The U.S. has already planned, financed and set in motion a coup in Venezuela, and it continues to support coup attempts in Venezuela and elsewhere.

President Michelle Bachelet reminded us just a moment ago of the horrendous assassination of the former foreign minister, Orlando Letelier.

And I would just add one thing: Those who perpetrated this crime are free. And that other event where an American citizen also died were American themselves. They were CIA killers, terrorists.

And we must recall in this room that in just a few days there will be another anniversary. Thirty years will have passed from this other horrendous terrorist attack on the Cuban plane, where 73 innocents died, a Cubana de Aviacion airliner.

And where is the biggest terrorist of this continent who took the responsibility for blowing up the plane? He spent a few years in jail in Venezuela. Thanks to CIA and then government officials, he was allowed to escape, and he lives here in this country, protected by the government.

And he was convicted. He has confessed to his crime. But the U.S. government has double standards. It protects terrorism when it wants to.

And this is to say that Venezuela is fully committed to combating terrorism and violence. And we are one of the people who are fighting for peace.

Luis Posada Carriles is the name of that terrorist who is protected here. And other tremendously corrupt people who escaped from Venezuela are also living here under protection: a group that bombed various embassies, that assassinated people during the coup. They kidnapped me and they were going to kill me, but I think God reached down and our people came out into the streets and the army was too, and so I'm here today.

But these people who led that coup are here today in this country protected by the American government. And I accuse the American government of protecting terrorists and of having a completely cynical discourse.

We mentioned Cuba. Yes, we were just there a few days ago. We just came from there happily.

And there you see another era born. The Summit of the 15, the Summit of the Nonaligned, adopted a historic resolution. This is the outcome document. Don't worry, I'm not going to read it.

But you have a whole set of resolutions here that were adopted after open debate in a transparent matter -- more than 50 heads of state. Havana was the capital of the south for a few weeks, and we have now launched, once again, the group of the nonaligned with new momentum.

And if there is anything I could ask all of you here, my companions, my brothers and sisters, it is to please lend your good will to lend momentum to the Nonaligned Movement for the birth of the new era, to prevent hegemony and prevent further advances of imperialism.

And as you know, Fidel Castro is the president of the nonaligned for the next three years, and we can trust him to lead the charge very efficiently.

Unfortunately they thought, "Oh, Fidel was going to die." But they're going to be disappointed because he didn't. And he's not only alive, he's back in his green fatigues, and he's now presiding the nonaligned.

So, my dear colleagues, Madam President, a new, strong movement has been born, a movement of the south. We are men and women of the south.

With this document, with these ideas, with these criticisms, I'm now closing my file. I'm taking the book with me. And, don't forget, I'm recommending it very warmly and very humbly to all of you.

We want ideas to save our planet, to save the planet from the imperialist threat. And hopefully in this very century, in not too long a time, we will see this, we will see this new era, and for our children and our grandchildren a world of peace based on the fundamental principles of the United Nations, but a renewed United Nations.

And maybe we have to change location. Maybe we have to put the United Nations somewhere else; maybe a city of the south. We've proposed Venezuela.

You know that my personal doctor had to stay in the plane. The chief of security had to be left in a locked plane. Neither of these gentlemen was allowed to arrive and attend the U.N. meeting. This is another abuse and another abuse of power on the part of the Devil. It smells of sulfur here, but God is with us and I embrace you all.

May God bless us all. Good day to you.


ADDENDUM #1: 21 September 2006

Bush Rages: “I am not Beelzebub, Lord of Sulfur”

By Mike Whitney
 

“The devil is right at home…. The devil himself is right in the house. And the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came right here…And it still smells of sulfur today.” Hugo Chavez; address to the UN General Assembly 9-20-06

My oh my, has Hugo Chavez caused a furor. Looking at the news reports filed in the last 24 hours, one would think that he snuck a dirty-bomb into the United Nations rather than gave a speech. In fact, the plucky Chavez may have delivered the finest 30 minute presentation that august assembly has ever heard. In that short span of time he publicly throttled the Global Emperor in front of 6 billion people and left his bruised and bloodied carcass splattered across the canvas like Roberto Duran in Round 9 of the middleweight championship match…..

“No mas, no mas no mas”…

And what about the performance? Is Chavez part of a theatre troupe or is he just earning his chops as a method actor?

Whatever it is; it seems to be working. After skewering Bush as “the devil” and sniffing around for sulfur (the traditional sign of Lucifer) Chavez performed his ablutions with a sign of the cross and an angelic expression worthy of Botticelli.

If you’re a lefty, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Chavez should give lessons in public speaking. His appearance was like a clap of thunder; waving Chomsky with one hand and pummeling Bush with the other. He managed to heap more muck on “Guantanamo Nation” than anyone since Harold Pinter gave his blistering Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech  on 12-7-05. That’s when Pinter said:

“The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have ever talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised quite a clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It is a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.”

Chavez matched Pinter word for word, exposing the hypocrisy, lies and brutality of an administration that never stops lecturing about freedom and liberation even though it grinds out mountains of carnage everywhere it goes.

And where was Bush when Chavez delivered his broadside ….hiding behind Karen Hughes skirts, picking out a new eye-liner for his next televised harangue against Muslims, retrieving his Yale pom-poms from the dry-cleaners?

Our benighted leader always seems to disappear whenever the prospect of danger arises. He skedaddled when his number came up for the Alabama National Guard and he lit-out for the safety of a Nebraska cornfield when the planes hit the towers. He even vamoosed at a trade summit in Argentina when Chavez threatened “to sneak up behind him and give him a bear-hug.” That really put a spring in old Bush’s step as he quickly scuttled to the safety of Airforce One.

One thing is certain, whenever there’s peril, President “gone-to-soon” will be speeding off in a trail of vapor.

In any case, Bush was not missed at the UN massacre yesterday. Chavez held-forth like a preacher at a brothel; scattering the bodies and kicking open the windows to let the sunlight in. He delivered one, ferocious roundhouse punch after another….

Boom, boom, boom…until the crowd rose in a thunderous 5 minute ovation. (which was carefully omitted from the TV coverage)

“What would the people of the world tell (Bush) if they were given the floor?” Chavez asked. “What would they have to say? I have some inkling of what they would say, what the oppressed people think. They would say, ‘Yankee imperialist, go home.”

“He spoke to the people of Lebanon,” Chavez added. “Many of you have seen, he said, how your homes and communities were caught in the crossfire. How cynical can you get? What a capacity to lie shamefacedly. The bombs in Beirut were delivered with laser precision….This is imperialist (and) genocidal; the empire and Israel firing on the people of Palestine and Lebanon. That is what happened. And now we hear, ‘We’re suffering because we see homes destroyed.’”

Ouch; no wonder Bush “high-tailed it” out of the UN before the ensuing bloodbath.

Chavez is like a battering ram punching holes in the wall of silence which surrounds King George. Right after his speech I checked in at CNN and, as I expected, Bush-apologist Wolf Blitzer was spinning in his wingtips frantically trying to stitch together the tattered image of the Dear Leader. A quick peek at Google News confirms that the entire arsenal of corporate media is now engaged in the hopeless task of salvaging Bush’s wretched presidency.

But the damage is done. Chavez played the match on Bush’s home turf and beat him like a drum. Bush is probably still quivering under his desk.

“There are other ways of thinking,” Chavez opined. “There are young people who think differently and this has happened in a mere decade. It has been shown that ‘the end of history’ was a false assumption, and the same is true of Pax Americana and the establishment of a ‘capitalist neo-liberal world. The system has only generated more poverty. Who believes in it now?”

Yes, who believes it now? Who believes in a party which has only produced two ideas in its entire history; tax cuts and war? Who believes that endless bombardment and martial law can be passed off as democracy and liberation? Who believes that a rogue’s gallery of liars, war-profiteers and gangsters can work in the public’s interest?

“We want ideas to save our planet from the imperialist threat. And, hopefully in this very century, in not to long a time, we will see a new era, and for our children and grandchildren, a world of peace based on the fundamental principles of the United Nations, but a renewed United Nations.”

Yes, Hugo, we want peace with our neighbors, peace with our friends, and peace with our enemies. We’re sick of war and the men who want war; and that includes every feckless politico in Congress, Democrat and Republican alike.

“The hegemonistic pretensions of the American empire are placing at risk the very existence of the human species. We appeal to the people of the United States and of the world to halt this threat which is like a sword hanging over our heads.”

There’s no time to lose. We have to dump Bush NOW and get on with the pressing issues of global warming, peak oil, nuclear proliferation, poverty and AIDS.

Chavez is right; the present model for global rule is broken and corrupt. We need a change.

“Capitalism is savagery,” Chavez boomed.

Viva Chavez.


ADDENDUM #2

Venezuela rejects US apologies  24 September 2006

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro (recent picture)
Mr Maduro says his detention was a breach of international law
Venezuela has made a formal complaint to the US authorities and the United Nations after its foreign minister was detained at a New York airport.

The US state department has apologised to Nicolas Maduro who was detained for 90 minutes at New York's JFK airport as he travelled home.

He had been attending this week's UN General Assembly meeting.

He said he was verbally abused and strip-searched in what he said was a "flagrant breach of international law".

President Hugo Chavez described Mr Maduro's detention as a provocation.

Our correspondent Pascale Harter says the apology has done little to ease the tense relations between the two countries.

Mr Maduro said the US apology was not enough.

"We were detained during an hour and a half, threatened by police with being beaten," he told reporters at Venezuela's mission to the UN. "We hold the US government responsible."

US authorities initially denied Mr Maduro had been detained and his documents seized, saying he had simply been asked to go through a second security screening.

The US state department later confirmed the incident had taken place and apologised.

"The state department can confirm there was an incident with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro at JFK airport in New York," a spokesman said.

"The state department regrets this incident. The United States government apologised to Foreign Minister Maduro and the Venezuelan government."

Coup questions

President Chavez earlier said Mr Maduro had been questioned about his alleged role in a failed Venezuelan coup attempt in 1992, led by Mr Chavez.

US officials said airport security had questioned him, and diplomatic security was then sent to resolve the issue.

This latest episode shows that even small difficulties between the two governments are likely to trigger full-blown diplomatic rows, says the BBC's Greg Morsbach in Caracas.

 


ADDENDUM #3: Fealty To A Moral Abomination By Jason Miller 14 October 2006

Spiritual Felo De Se:
Fealty To A
Moral Abomination
By Jason Miller
10-14-6

 

 

"Patriotism ... is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit."
 
---Emma Goldman
 
9/20/06: Populist Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez had the sheer audacity to stand before the United Nations and deliver an angry diatribe against the enemy of humanity. Dispensing with mealy-mouthed pleasantries, he verbally savaged Bush in his fiery oration. Chavez knows an abhorrent war criminal when he sees one and he isn't one to mince words or use polite euphemisms.
 
George Bush had addressed the assembly the previous day with an incredibly disingenuous monologue loaded with platitudes and Orwellian Doublespeak Admittedly, with his credibility around the world and uncanny capacity to articulate in an intelligent manner, Bush was a tough act to follow at the UN. But somehow, Chavez managed.
 
He made a few choice observations:
 
"The devil came here yesterday. And it smells of sulfur still today."
 
Bush may not actually be the devil, but he certainly qualifies as one of his Earthly agents. And Chavez may very well have been smelled residual sulfur fumes which had emanated from Satan himself. It is a virtual certainty that Lucifer was present for Bush's virtuoso performance on 9/19. How could he have resisted watching his favorite sociopath's attempt to beguile listeners into believing he is pursuing noble causes?
 
Chavez went on to assert:
 
"As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: 'The Devil's Recipe.' "
 
Underscoring his blasphemy against the predatory capitalism inflicted on the world by the economic and military titan "affectionately" known as the American Empire, the champion of humane social democracy waved a copy of Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky, a vehement domestic critic of the United States political and economic systems.
 
Chavez also noted that Bush "stole the elections" and "is, therefore, a dictator."
 
Tough point to argue given that Bush came to power via two bloodless coups, one engineered by Katherine Harris and the other by Diebold.
 
In the aftermath of Chavez's blistering verbal attacks on US imperialists and the miscreant conducting their symphony of the macabre, "patriots" emerged to defend "our president". Given the overt fascism and aggressive militarism emerging in the United States, it is almost inconceivable that such a regime would continue to enjoy popular support. Yet economic tyranny, consumerism, and relentless pressure to conform to the American Way are so powerful that many US Americans have sold their very souls by offering their voluntary complicity in the subjugation, exploitation, and (in some instances) extermination of billions of human beings around the globe.
 
And some of these "patriots" originate from some surprising segments of the United States' population.
 
New York Democrat Charles Rangel, a member of the treasonous US Congress which has enabled the Bush administration in its steady march toward becoming a tyrannical regime, took serious umbrage to Chavez's remarks:
 
"You don't come into my country; you don't come into my congressional district and you don't condemn my president"
 
How telling that a member of the opposition party in a self-proclaimed "democratic nation" would publicly support a war criminal and characterize him as "my president".
 
He may be a ruthless potentate, but he is OUR ruthless potentate. And don't you dare criticize George W. Bush!
 
Sadly, the reality in the United States is that there is little difference between Republicans and Democrats. While both parties give ample lip service to meeting the needs of the working class and the poor, most of the Duopoly's "elected" officials zealously devote themselves to advancing the interests of their corporate and aristocratic patrons.
 
Some might defend Rangel's remarks as evidence of his "patriotism" or allegiance to his nation. Yet the virulent nationalism that has swept the United States since 9/11 is not a healthy loyalty to fellow countrymen. "Patriotism" in the United States today is a symptom of the rapidly spreading malignancy of fascism. Sadly, being a "patriot" in the United States requires one to support egregious crimes against humanity, domestically and abroad.
 
Consider James Bryce's thoughts on patriotism:
 
"Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong."
 
Given its economic might and obsession with militarism, the United States is certainly strong. But righteous? While she may be 305 feet of towering nobility, Lady Liberty is up to her eyeballs in the fetid fecal matter ceaselessly flowing from the bowels of an empire built on economic oppression, genocide, bellicosity, racism, and the pernicious lie known as the American Dream.
 
Even some of the most oppressed people in history have succumbed to this infection of pathological "patriotism". A group of indigenous people in Alaska recently refused Chavez's offer of free heating oil.(1) Facing 25% unemployment rates, winter temperatures as low as minus 15 Fahrenheit, and heating bills of $300.00 per month, these psychologically enslaved individuals rejected Venezuela's assistance because Chavez insulted George Bush.
 
Bear in mind that these are people descended from victims of genocide waged by the predecessors of Bush and the members of his regime. Despite surviving the attempted extermination, these Native Americans face significant structural barriers to overcoming perpetual poverty, including years of under-education and marginalization.
 
Yet Justine Gunderson of the tribal council for the Aleuts in Nelson Lagoon is convinced that they "did the right thing" by choosing to suffer to defend a war criminal's "honor":
 
"As a citizen of this country, you can have your own opinion of our president and our country. But I don't want a foreigner coming in here and bashing us. Even though we're in economically dire straits, it was the right choice to make."
 
Dimitri Philemonof, another leader in the Aleutian community, further exhibited the efficacy of the US corporate propaganda mill when he opined:
 
"I think we have some duty to our country, and I think it's loyalty."
 
Many of those Justine and Dimitri represent have been doomed to the misery of chronic poverty by years of institutionalized racism. Yet they live in a state inundated with the oil for which they pay such an outrageous price. And they have chosen to forsake their own well-being out of loyalty to the guardians of a rapacious economic system principally dominated by wealthy White elites. The same elites who tenaciously strive to ensure that the poor and minorities continue to wallow in wretchedness. At least they can still wave the Stars and Stripes with pride.
 
Hugo Chavez embodies nearly everything the working class and poor in the United States have been indoctrinated to fear, hate and ridicule. Like Evo Morales in Bolivia, he champions indigenous poverty-stricken people and their long unfulfilled needs. Both men are on the cutting edge of a South American political revolution in which the people are wresting power and resources away from corporations and the minority wealthy elite. Morales' administration is in its infancy, but Chavez has had time to deliver free health care, free education, and food at subsidized prices to many of the staggering numbers of Venezuelans who had been living in abject poverty in a nation flush with huge reserves of precious petroleum (2).
 
Meanwhile, in the United States, Bush and his accomplices have persistently striven to replace a constitutional republic with a fascist regime. Invading and occupying a nation that posed no viable threat the United States and had no connection with 9/11, exterminating an estimated 655,000 innocent Iraqis (3), legalizing torture, staging fraudulent elections, jettisoning the Constitution and legal principles from the Magna Carta, and consistently advancing the interests of the super rich at the expense of the working class and vulnerable members of society (4,5,6,7) qualify the US government as a fascist regime.
 
In Bush's "ownership society", a relatively tiny slice of the population does most of the owning (8). Lulled into a dogmatic slumber, many US Americans are content to fulfill the roles of obedient workers and consumers. Bread and circuses, the idealization of "go it alone, rugged individualism" personified by cultural icons like the Marlboro Man, and the perpetuation of the delusion that their nation is a meritocracy serve to cripple the minds and consciences of many citizens of the United States.
 
Thus those leaders (like Chavez) who fight for the poor and oppressed are treated as threats and pariahs, champions of the privileged elite like Reagan are enshrined in the pantheon of American politics, and malefactors in the Bush Regime garner enough support to continue perpetrating their heinous crimes.
 
Thomas Paine penned these words in The American Crisis:
 
"These are times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their countryTyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered"
 
Today's American Crisis? These are the times that enslave men's souls. And the hell of the Bush Regime will not be easily conquered.
 
Tragically, many spiritually shackled US Americans remain blissfully ignorant of their bondage. And a myriad of myths and distractions shield them from awareness of (or concern for) their complicity in the United States' over-consumption that threatens the perpetuation of life on Earth (9), genocide (10,11), and campaigns of mass murder like the one in Vietnam.
 
Relentless psychological manipulation has armed the US ruling elite with a vast army of "patriots" eagerly submitting to the yoke of economic subjugation and enabling governments like the Bush Regime to inflict abject misery upon hundreds of millions of human beings.
 
The staggering 43% of US Americans who still embrace a tyrant who has unleashed hell upon the world with impunity (12) are a testament to the power of the siren call to be a "patriot" in the United States.
 
If the melodious strains of Orpheus' lyre don't captivate more listeners soon, the ship of humanity may be doomed to share a watery grave with mythological mariners.
 
Jason Miller is a wage slave of the American Empire who has freed himself intellectually and spiritually. He writes prolifically, his essays have appeared widely on the Internet, and he volunteers at a homeless shelter. He welcomes constructive correspondence at willpowerful@hotmail.com or via his blog, Thomas Paine's Corner, at http://civillibertarian.blogspot.com/.
 
(1) http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/09/alaska.oil.chavez.ap/index.html
 
(2) http://www.motherjones.com/news/qa/2005/09/richard_gott.html
 
(3)  http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6139677,00.html
 
(4) http://www.ombwatch.org/article/articleview/3344/1/180?TopicID=1
 
(5) http://www.businessweek.com/@@*7OQP4YQG8gs
PxgA/magazine/content/04_44/b3906038_mz007.htm
 
(6) http://www.politicalaffairs.net/article/view/4007/1/43
 
(7) http://www.abpnews.com/817.article.print
 
(8) http://www.economist.com/world/displaystory.cfm?story_id=7055911
 
(9) http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article1834360.ece
 
(10) http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=10881
 
(11) http://www.countercurrents.org/us-miller010306.htm
 
(12) http://www.rasmussenreports.com/Bush_Job_Approval.htm

Addendum #4

Chavez Derails Plan For Global Dictatorship
Venezuelan President trounces "genocidal, immoral, sick, and corrupt elite" running United States

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Monday, November 27, 2006

Hugo Chavez' vow to "defeat the most powerful empire on earth" and "beat the devil" on December 3rd by achieving re-election in Venezuela is a bold and stark reminder that the fiery President has achieved what many dismiss as impossible - Chavez has derailed the plan for global dictatorship.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/november2006/271106chavezderails.htm

 

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Chavez Derails Plan For Global Dictatorship
Venezuelan President trounces "genocidal, immoral, sick, and corrupt elite" running United States

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Monday, November 27, 2006

Hugo Chavez' vow to "defeat the most powerful empire on earth" and "beat the devil" on December 3rd by achieving re-election in Venezuela is a bold and stark reminder that the fiery President has achieved what many dismiss as impossible - Chavez has derailed the plan for global dictatorship.

The Free Trade Area of the Americas, craved for so long by internationalists whose goal is to centralize global power into a pervasive world government structure with the U.S. as the token figurehead, was derailed last year when Chavez signed the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, which effectively killed the FTAA.

Chavez insistence that, "The FTAA can go to hell," is a rallying cry that has spread like wildfire across Latin America over the past year and has completely isolated U.S. and Mexican aspirations to have had the power bloc in place by 2005. It falls further behind schedule by the day and this is one reason why the Bush junta and the CIA are chomping at the bit to overthrow Chavez as they first attempted to do in April 2002.

But it's a forlorn desire supported by an arrogance that buries the memory of the riots that resulted in Chavez re-taking control less than 48 hours later.

Framing Venezuela as a safe-haven for Al-Qaeda terrorists, as some have tried to do, is a discredited old method and simply won't pass the smell test with the Venezuelans or U.S. citizens. The only umbrella under which Venezuela can conceivably be overthrown would be an inside coup de 'tat smoke screened as a natural political transition, but Chavez himself would have to be kept in the dark over a long period of time for anything of this nature to take place. Any overtly violent putsch would immediately be recognized for what it was by the Venezuelans and riots would ensue again.

While cutting slack for unforeseen circumstances, the Globalists are stuck between a rock and a hard place and it is patently clear that Hugo Chavez has derailed the plan for global government.

As Wayne Madsen points out, recent election results across the region show a noticeable decline of successful candidates with close ties to the Bush administration and the Neo-Con junta. Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay and Cuba have all elected leaders with populist, nationalist and anti-globalist sympathies.

Madsen notes that during his campaign Bush backed banana tycoon Alvaro Noboa, opponent of newly elected President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, "bragged about his close ties to the international bankers' class, including the Rockefeller family."

Such vapid associations are now routinely perceived as admissions of a candidate serving the dark side and the individuals who declare such alliances are being kicked out of power across the world.

Chavez does not mince words when he characterizes the enemy in stating, "We are facing the threat of global challenges stemming from the genocidal, immoral, sick, and corrupt elite currently governing the United States, which appear to have no limits."

In taking on this elite, Chavez has built his attack on the legitimacy of the uni-polar world and U.S. imperial domination on two pillars.

1) By following a populist course of serving the interests of his own country rather than an elitist fad-driven ideologue of submission to the role of a slave cell in a global dictatorship. This has afforded him the overwhelming support of his countrymen domestically.

2) By consistently and vociferously denouncing the U.S. led imperial agenda as being mired in a toxic soup of lies, deliberate carnage and false justifications. Chavez' repeated attacks on the official story behind 9/11, other state sponsored acts of false flag terror and their exploitation to advance geopolitical agendas has resonated internationally.

Chavez's socialist leanings do not sit well with many, this author included, but no one can deny that his actions have contributed substantially to reversing the stampede of world fascism, neo-mercantilism and economic meltdown presided over by unelected, unchecked, faceless powers in pursuit of global totalitarianism and a new world order.

No surprise it is therefore to witness the juggernaut of the U.S. media engage in ceaseless attempts to drag the name of Chavez through the mud - mindful, desperate and terrified that another "rogue state" has excelled itself in neutralizing the goals of an elite hell-bent on turning the earth into a prison planet.

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