Sunday, December 11, 2005

Chavez's useful idiots

Douglas MacKinnon: Cagey Chavez caper

Like Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez has found his "useful idiots." A recent full page ad placed in many newspapers, including the New York Times and The Washington Post, shows just how useful to Mr. Chavez is his collection of idiots.

The ad, which would have made Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels proud, proclaims, "How Venezuela is keeping the home fires burning in Massachusetts." It goes on to say how Venezuela and Citgo "are reaching out with fuel assistance to help low-income Massachusetts residents stay warm and safe this winter." How touching.
For the U.S. politicians involved, especially Rep. William Delahunt, Massachusetts Democrat, former Massachusetts Rep. Joseph Kennedy, and Democrat Jose Serrano of New York City, where Mr. Chavez is also "helping" the U.S. poor, it's mostly about their own public relations needs and how this program will help them personally. Hugo Chavez uses them and they use Hugo Chavez. Politics at its worst.
Speak with the Venezuelan media that Mr. Chavez has mostly silenced, or members of the opposition, and they will tell you of crimes of Mr. Chavez against his own people. From murder, to torture, to false imprisonment, to stealing the profits from the very oil he dangles as a carrot before the ignorant or greedy. Opposition leaders will also tell you that right after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Mr. Chavez gave at least $1 million to al Qaeda and that he harbors members of al Qaeda elements in his nation right now.
As "useful idiots" help Mr. Chavez spread his twisted message, the danger to the Western Hemisphere and the United States, grows. This collaboration with evil must stop.
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