Sun, 15 Apr 2007 01:29:26
Venezuelan President has labeled 9/11 attacks on US as "a gift for Bush," saying it enabled the US government to wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Hugo Chavez made the statement during a news conference to mark the fifth anniversary of his return to power two days after a 2002 US-backed coup against his rule, AP reported.
"If there were another aggression against us, there wouldn't be another drop of oil for the United States ... We're prepared for it," he said outright.
Venezuelan leader noted the insatiable US thirst for oil resources led the imperialist regime to attack Iraq and also stage an abortive coup attempt against his leadership.
In April 2002 Pedro Carmona Estanga, a Venezuelan trade organization leader, who was in secret league with some army commanders, staged a US-backed coup against Chavez, but failed in the face of mass public support for President Chavez.
Afterwards, Carmona, wanted by the authorities for illegal takeover of office, escaped house arrest, fled to Colombia and later surfaced in Miami.
Chávez attacks Bush as a 'genocidal' leader - miami.com
In a speech Tuesday, Chávez criticized the decision of an Iraqi court to sentence former dictator Saddam Hussein to the death penalty. ''If sentencing is to be done,'' Chávez said, ``the first one to be given the most severe sentence this planet has to offer should be the president of the United States, if we're talking about genocidal presidents.''
His comments, which were fairly typical of his recent attacks on Bush, came shortly after the publication of a resolution by Venezuela's legislative National Assembly describing the 9/11 attacks as ''self-inflicted'' and after an exhibition at the Foreign Ministry building in Caracas in which Bush was portrayed as a Nazi storm trooper.
The resolution, which appeared in the official government gazette in mid-October, primarily criticized Washington's decision to build a wall along the Mexican border to keep illegal immigrants out.
But in its fourth paragraph, it calls on the U.S. Congress to ``demand that the government of President Bush explain the self-inflicted attack on the World Trade Center and its victims, the supposed aircraft that crashed into the Pentagon and the links between the bin Laden family and the Bush family.''
Thanks to Chris Rose for the heads up!
The Venezuelan government officially regards Bush as a genocidal Nazi who arranged the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to justify aggression against other nations.
See article: HERE
To date, this is the first world nation to make such a declaration official. While the news of this event has been sharply ridiculed, it represents a stunning benchmark that has the potential to open the floodgates on world opinion regarding the truth behind the attacks of 9/11.
Say what you will about Hugo Chavez, he has proven himself to be a leader unafraid to speak truth to U.S. imperalist power. This in and of itself sets him apart from 99% of all world leaders.
This declaration by Venezuala represents a significant benchmark. The fact that it coincides with the shift in congress represents a significant opportunity. 9/11 Truth is a topic that will never go away. It will however, be ignored. Unless we continue to force the issue.
Venezuala has levied some serious charges against the U.S. Government. It is incumbant upon us as citizens to answer these charges. Our U.S. Representatives are responsible for setting the record straight.
Latin Fight for U.N. Security Council Seat Ends - nytimes.com
A turning point against Venezuela’s effort to win the seat seemed to come during a speech by Mr. Chávez at the United Nations in September, when he ridiculed Mr. Bush as the devil. That comment appeared to influence some of the diplomats who decided to vote for Guatemala. Still, Mr. Chávez’s description of Mr. Bush played well with many people in Venezuela, where wariness over the tacit approval by the United States of the brief coup that ousted Mr. Chávez in 2002 has pervaded relations between the two countries.
Sometimes relations tilt toward the surreal. The National Assembly, which is controlled by Mr. Chávez’s supporters, recently called on the Bush administration to explain why it had carried out the attack on the World Trade Center.
Thanks Ben for the heads up!
Is Chavez a Rogue "Thug" or Brilliant Strategist?
Written by Chris Rose
I was eager to see what Hugo Chavez would have to say to the world, during his recent speech at the United Nations. I did not know what he would say, but I knew he was not going to allow himself to be ignored. If that indeed was his objective (to not be ignored), he certainly succeeded.
Weeks prior to his UN "El Diablo" moment, Chavez was making a little news for calling George Bush something other than "The Devil", he was calling him a terrorist. In fact, Mr. Chavez accused George Bush of being the worst kind of domestic terrorist when he implicated him directly for being behind the 9/11 attacks on his own country. But again, that story made "some" news, but it wasn't front page headline news. Not like his comments at the UN are. Mr. Chavez is being viciously lambasted for having the audacity to refer to the United States Commander and Chief as "The Devil"! It's almost funny! In fact, I think Chavez even scored a few world leader chuckles for the remark during his speech.
I find it especially interesting and quite dissappointing (although no longer surprising) to watch how the Democrat "leadership" is now joining the chorus of those condemning Mr. Chavez' remarks. Rangel and Pelosi have been particularly vociferous in their outrage. Rangel apparently angry at Chavez for having the temerity to come to "my country" and "my district" and call "my President" names. Give me a break Charlie! That's the kind of outrage you should have demonstrated when "your President" came into "your district" after 9/11 and told everybody it was okay to breathe pulverized asbestos! And Pelosi, puhleeze! Her criticism of Chavez calling the President names lost credibility right after she then called Chavez a name. Oh yeah, call my President "The Devil"? Well you're "a Thug"! Real grown up Nancy. Talk about "do as I say, not as I do". Pelosi would have done better to issue a "I know you are but what am I" statement and being done with it. So all of this non-sense got me to thinking... is this perhaps what Senor Chavez intended?
Video: Venezuela's Chavez says Bush planned 9/11 attacks - rawstory.com
HUGO CHAVEZ, VENEZUELAN PRES. (through translator): The hypothesis that is gaining strength, which was said on television last night, and which could soon blow up, was that it was the same U.S. imperial power that planned and carried out this terrible terrorist attack, or act, against its own people and against citizens all over the world. Why? To justify the aggression that was immediately unleashed on Afghanistan, on Iraq and the threats against all of us, against Venezuela, too.
Thanks Gold for the heads up!
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that it's at least plausible that the U.S. government was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Chavez did not specifically accuse the U.S. government of having a hand in the Sept. 11 attacks, but rather suggested that theories of U.S. involvement bear examination.
The Venezuelan leader, an outspoken critic of U.S. President George W. Bush, was reacting to a television report investigating a theory that the Twin Towers were brought down with explosives after hijacked airplanes crashed into them in 2001.
"The hypothesis is not absurd . . . that those towers could have been dynamited," Chavez said in a speech to supporters. "A building never collapses like that, unless it's with an implosion."
"The hypothesis that is gaining strength . . . is that it was the same U.S. imperial power that planned and carried out this terrible terrorist attack or act against its own people and against citizens of all over the world," Chavez said.
"Why? To justify the aggressions that immediately were unleashed on Afghanistan, on Iraq."