Sunday, November 25, 2007

Chavez Vows Inquiry Into 200-year-old Conspiracy, Cover-up, In Bolivar "Murder"

History records that Simón Bolívar, the great liberator whose memory Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has usurped and transformed into a fetish, died of tuberculosis in 1830. Now, Chavez has decreed that Bolivar was the victim of a murder conspiracy so nefarious that in the two centuries since Bolívar's death, nobody's even noticed.

Chavez provides no evidence, but insists that that his own private investigation has concluded that there was both a conspiracy and cover-up, and he vows to "move heaven and earth" to win this grand historical revision. He's calling on scientists and historians to open an inquiry. To which he might invite some Klansmen, say, to participate, following the example of his good friend Mad Mahmoud, that great defender of scientific inquiry, champion of Holocaust revisionism, and doubter of the "official story" about what happened on a certain September morning a few years back.

Of course, to get away with this kind of oil-fuelled jackboot craziness and conspiracy-mongering he'll want to carry through with his campaign to crush what little remains of a free press in Venezuela, in which Ahmedinejad has also developed much expertise. Recent developments there:

Amnesty International today issued an urgent appeal for Maryam Hosseinkhah, a journalist and women's rights defender, who was arrested on 18 November in Iran. She has reportedly been accused of "disturbing public opinion", "propaganda against the system" and "publication of lies" in connection with articles posted on websites she edits. Meanwhile, Adnan Hassanpours’s death sentence has been upheld by Iran's Supreme Court.

What is it with these guys? Why would the "socialist" Bolivarians cozy up to Iran, one of the world's most repressive regimes, where "workers have no right to set up trade unions, to go on strike or elect their genuine representatives; women are second class citizens with half the legal rights of men; young people are forced to abide by a medieval ideology down to the smallest details of their lives; national minorities are deprived of their most basic rights; the whole population is robbed of genuine democratic rights and free elections."

Before anyone starts raving about "right-wing propaganda," note that the previous paragraph is drawn straight from an appeal to Venezuelan socialists issued by the Iranian Revolutionary Socialists League. And if you think Venezuela is about to become a some kind of socialist paradise if the upcoming referendum succeeds, think again. Go ask Stalin.

In the newly revised history that arises from this sort of thing, there always seems to be one easy answer to newly-posed questions, like Who killed Bolivar? Who's behind all this holocaust business? Who was behind 9-11?

Starts with J.

UPDATE: Well, this astonishing. Turns out Chavez was already implicating Jews in connection with his Bolivar-Was-Murdered fantasy almost two years ago. So life imitates art, or something.

Thanks to Graeme for bringing this to my attention.

UPDATE II: A subtle pattern begins to emerge. Hugo says "those towers could have been dynamited. . .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."



Blogger kurt said...

My dear friend in Caracas says Chavez has become unhinged, lost the plot. This is coming from a socialist diehard who doesn't own property or anything much of value, who hates Bush and stuck by Chavez throughout the counter-demonstrations a few years back. She says the working poor, the proles like her, haven't seen any butter on their side of the bread lately and things are getting worse, while Chavez grandstands on state controlled media.

Personally, I get nauseous after about 20 seconds of Harper whinging on the radio. If I had to listen to several hours of Chavez without equal time for a dissenting opinion I'd "evacuate" (medical term) all of my orifices.

1:14 AM  
Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

"Chavez Vows Inquiry Into 200-year-old Conspiracy, Cover-up, In Bolivar "Murder" "

When I read the title of your post, before knowing anything else at all about any of it, I had a hunch the answer might lie somewhere along the lines of your concluding sentence.

I have long harbored the suspicion that antisemitism is a mental imbalance, which could, if left untended, come to full fruition as an acute mental disease.

It's the most plausible explanation as to why it attacks Christians, Muslims, Fascists, Communists, White supermacists, Black supremacists, and occasionally even Jews of differing ethnicities.

Someone should work on developing some effective medication for this disease, before the inmates take over the entire asylum, for it's not likely to be anything like the imagined event in Philip de Broca's "Roi de coeur"..

8:33 AM  
Blogger Graeme said...

Chavez has been going on about this for a while. See, for example, the 2005 speech where he blamed the Jews for killing Bolivar.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

As for 9/11:

"Hindsight bias"

I can say--having worked in intelligence analysis--that, without the "smoking gun" piece of hard information, connecting the dots to lead to a conclusion that a specific action is going to take place at a pretty certain time is close to impossible. A trend may be discerned and very probable results predicted (X looks like it's planning to invade Y very soon). But the specifics are devilish without that gunsmoke.

Air India is a good example.

By the way I'll give Mr Dosanjh a lot of credit in this case:

"Brave words from a Liberal"


1:50 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Mark: Told a wee story in comments to your post on Ujjal.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

Thanks Terry, and duly noted in the "Daimnation!" comments. As for intelligence:

"Comment by Mark Collins:

There was one good piece of intelligence that might have drawn US attention to a possible attack on Pearl Harbor; it was not followed up on:

'Sept. 24: The "bomb plot" message from Japanese naval intelligence to Japan's consul general in Honolulu requesting a grid of exact locations of ships in Pearl Harbor is deciphered [in Washington - MC]. The information is not shared with the Hawaii's Adm. Kimmel and Gen. Short.'"

As to those politically murdered: I was with our new ambassador to Afstan (stationed in Pakistan) when he presented his credentials to President Daoud in 1977. I also knew, though not well, Arnie Raphel at the American embassy in Isbad at the time.

So far as I know no-one I knew in the former SFRY has been murdered.


4:39 PM  
Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

Terry's comment at "Daimnation!", for context.


4:42 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Mark: SFRY?

And you were with Sproule, rather than Lalani, our current ambassador, yes?

5:16 PM  
Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...


The ambassador (84-87) in Yugoslavia (wasn't trying to be arch) was John Fraser.

In Pakistan/Afstan (75-77) Keith MacLellan and then Douglas Small (Daoud).


6:17 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...


My thick.


8:21 PM  
Blogger richard said...

Yep - gotta love conspiracy theorists. Even though I'm kind of a sucker for 'em, myself....

8:50 PM  

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