They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Chavez and the Two Americas

alarab: The Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, still stands an obstacle in front of the advancement of the American interests in Latin America. Since he came to power, he has been like that; this man harbours great hatred for the US policies on the American continent. The American Administration counters that with even stronger hatred.

Chavez, the foremost anti-American inciter, stands behind all developments that do not, of course, please the USA. One of these is the recent nationalisation of the Bolivian gas and oil industries; in fact, it could be claimed that the accusations directed to Chavez with regard to this very issue are greater than those directed to the Bolivian President, the actual responsible person for the nationalisation of his country's oil and gas.

Chavez represents a model of new presidents in Latin America. In one act, he managed to get closer to the native people, and thus distance himself away from the USA. In this respect, this man gave land contracts to many indigenous groups on the occasion of the anniversary of America's discovery. 3,000 people benefited from this presidential distribution of land. At the same time, Hugo Chavez issued an expulsion order against the American Anglican missionaries, whom he viewed as intruders wanting to establish an imperialist culture.

In fact, it was not the first time that the Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, had distributed land to the native people of the American continent; he had recognised the ownership of 127,000 acres of land for six indigenous groups from the east of Venezuela. "We try to establish justice", commented Chavez on that occasion. According to him, defending 300,000 Venezuelan people is a priority, and he said that only now can we say that they have a homeland.

Hence, the conflict has been running for a long time without managing to initiate a dialogue that could bring the two nations closer. Since then, the USA has been trying hard to get rid of Chavez, while he tries to get rid of the American influence on the whole Latin American continent. Almost everyday, each side makes statements or takes measures. The latest of these is the American decision prohibiting the exportation of arms to Venezuela; on the other hand, in a press conference with London's Mayor, Ken Livingston, the Venezuelan President accused George Bush of committing genocide crimes, and he asked the International Criminal Court to imprison him.

Chavez had earlier accused Bush's Administration of seeking to take possession of the world's energy, which is according to him the true reason behind waging the war alleged to be anti-terrorism. It is in fact an attempt to dominate countries that have oil and other natural wealth. Link

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