Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Who would Jesus assassinate? 

Thanks to a reader we see that the web site Media Matters for America caught some of the true feelings of the U.S right wing (and the Venezuelan opposition for that matter) towards Chavez. Here is what U.S. TV Evangelist Pat Robertson said on his TV show The 700 Club [the link has the video to, be sure to watch it]:

Pat Robertson, host of Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club and founder of the Christian Coalition of America, called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

From the August 22 broadcast of The 700 Club:

ROBERTSON: There was a popular coup that overthrew him [Chavez]. And what did the United States State Department do about it? Virtually nothing. And as a result, within about 48 hours that coup was broken; Chavez was back in power, but we had a chance to move in. He has destroyed the Venezuelan economy, and he's going to make that a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism all over the continent.

You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don't think any oil shipments will stop. But this man is a terrific danger and the United ... This is in our sphere of influence, so we can't let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine, we have other doctrines that we have announced. And without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil, that could hurt us very badly. We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.

Pretty much speaks for itself. I guess the loony right in the U.S. is coming around to the thinking of the loony Venezuelan opposition.

Its also worth pointing out that it is a crime in the U.S. to in any way advocate or even discuss assassinating the US president. But you can advocate assassinating Chavez and nothing will happen. More double standards?

UPDATE: At least this outrage is being picked up a little be the MSM.


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