Chávez, Chomsky and the “Devil” is in the Details

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President Hugo Chávez, in his September 20, 2006 address before the fall session of the U.N. General Assembly, referred to Mr Bush as "the devil." In this address he displayed and discussed a magnificent analysis of American geopolitics: Noam Chomsky, Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2003). The president said Americans should read this book, by the world's greatest scholar in linguistics, and stop watching "Superman and Batman movies."

This is a book I would highly recommend. On page 189 he differentiates between terrorism as a tactic of the weak and the strong. With regard to the latter, he writes "that the U.S. is a leading terrorist state." He also dispels the myth that the late Yasser Arafat walked away from a peace settlement of the Palestine issue during a conference with President Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

On p. 170 the great Chomsky writes:

[The agreement would have] "virtually divided the West Bank into three cantons, effectively separated from one another by two salients consisting of jewish settlement and infrastructure development. The three cantons have only limited access to East Jerusalem…And all are separated from Gaza." Chomsky refers to Camp David II in 2000 as representing a "permanent neocolonial dependency."

President Chávez appropriately, although his language might have been more diplomatic at times, describes the hegemonic and imperial violence of the U.S. and the need to counterbalance such terror with countervailing forces. It is to be commended that global leaders not blindly accept the destabilising and criminal actions of America as it talks the lofty rhetoric of democracy but engages in aggressive war without restraint or recognition of the humanity of its adversaries.

I would urge Americans to purchase Citgo gasoline that is owned by Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. The Venezuelan president uses the proceeds  to provide deeply discounted heating oil to American impoverished communities. Americans should be deeply grateful that at least one world leader cares about and actually contributes assistance to those in poverty in the U.S. Last year he donated fuel to Native American and urban areas such as New York City as reported in the New York Times today.

Presidente Hugo Chávez Frías durante su intervención en la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas

The president during his appearance at the U.N. General Assembly is English translation.

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