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What Hugo Chavez Would Say about U.S. Surveillance (The Hankyoreh, South Korea)

 

"What would Chavez have said if he were watching Obamaís sophistic defense of surveillance by the U.S., a country that draws on overwhelming power to infringe upon the human rights and democracy of people around the world? I think he would have said something like this: "Obama, I thought you were just a glib talker, but it turns out that you're no different from that devil who preceded you. I sense a whiff of hellís sulfur from you, too!"

 

By Lee You Ju-hyun

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July 10, 2013

 

South Korea - The Hankyoreh Ė Original Article (English)

Venezuela President Hugo Chavez hands President Obama a book titled, 'Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent,' at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad & Tobago, April 18, 2009. One can only imagine what the fiery Chavez would say about Edward Snowden and NSA surveillance.

U.N. VIDEO: Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez addresses the opening of the 61st session of the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 20, 2006, 00:23:50RealVideo

In March, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez was in critical condition following a cancer operation. As I prepared an obituary for Chavez, a colleague of mine joked, "Who is going to protect the world now that Chavez is gone?"

 

At the time we all had a good laugh, and didnít think much more of it, but looking at the global situation today, I find myself wondering what the world would be like if Chavez were still with us.

 

Already, almost a month has passed since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the American government has been engaged in illegal intelligence gathering, both inside the U.S. and overseas. However, the U.S. government doesnít seem very apologetic.

 

Barack Obama, at one time a symbol of hope and change for people in the United States and around the world, has been a huge disappointment.

 

"And I guarantee you that in European capitals, there are people who are interested in, if not what I had for breakfast, at least what my talking points might be should I end up meeting with their leaders," Obama said. His response to reports that the U.S. had bugged European Union offices was a "but they do it too" style of excuse.

 

What is even more unbelievable is how several European countries, who are themselves victims of these programs, are serving as willing lackeys of the United States. While attending a meeting in Russia, Bolivia President Evo Morales told the press that he would consider granting Snowden asylum if he asked for it. Shortly thereafter, France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy blocked Moralesí presidential jet from passing through their air space, as it was thought that Snowden might be aboard his plane.

 

Ultimately, Morales had no choice but to make an emergency landing in Vienna to refuel - and even there, he was only able to fly ahead after his plane was searched. The Bolivia government is outraged, claiming that U.S. intelligence knew where Snowden was - and schemed to block Moralesí plane in order to humiliate him.

 

There is no doubt that Morales - who is the first left-leaning president of indigenous origin in Bolivian history - looked pitiful as he sat in the airport waiting room talking on the phone with a troubled expression on his face. While the Bolivian government tried to save face by asserting that Morales had refused to allow his plane to be searched, Austria said it had confirmed that Snowden was not aboard.

 

After returning home, Morales warned he might close the U.S. Embassy, and on July 4, South American leaders gathered in Bolivia to demand an apology from several countries including Spain. But this was little more than the diplomatic venting of injured emotions. Though Venezuela and Nicaragua indicated a willingness to grant Snowden asylum two days later, because his passport has been cancelled, it will be impossible to bring him out of Russia without Moscow's active cooperation.

 

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What would Chavez have done if he were still around? Wouldnít he have been the first to provide Snowden with documents proving his refugee status? If that didnít work, would he have sent a government aircraft to Sheremetyevo Airport to pick him up? Even if complicated international circumstances kept him from defying the U.S. through action, he would likely have spoken out to take the U.S. down a few pegs.

 

During a 2006 speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Chavez showed off his repertoire of verbal quips. "The devil came here yesterday," he said, referring to the fact that former U.S. President George W. Bush had been at the U.N. rostra. "It still smells of sulfur."

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Chavez didnít go easy on Obama, either. During a media interview at the end of 2011, Obama brought up the issue of human rights and the abuse of democracy in Venezuela. Despite the fact that Chavez had recently been diagnosed with cancer, he came out vigorously.

 

"It seems that Obama is attacking Venezuela in an attempt to win the election next year," Chavez observed. "Donít say such irresponsible things, Obama. You are such a clown. Why not just keep the promises you have made to your own people?"

 

What would Chavez have said if he were watching Obamaís sophistic defense of surveillance by the U.S., a country that draws on overwhelming power to infringe upon the human rights and democracy of people around the world? I think he would have said something like this: "Obama, I thought you were just a glib talker, but it turns out that you're no different from that devil who preceded you. I sense a whiff of hellís sulfur from you, too!"

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:

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Juventud Rebelde, Cuba: Hugo Chavez Brought 'Era of the Wealth-Centric' to an End

Ahora, Cuba: Glory to the 'Irreversible' and 'Immortal' Hugo Chavez!

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.: Claim that Chavez will be Resurrected with Jesus 'Went Too Far'

El Nacional, Venezuela: Maduro Asserts: U.S. 'Infected' Chavez with Deadly Illness

Novosti, Russia: With Chavez' Death, Communist Chief Sees a U.S. 'Cancer' Plot

Carta Maior, Brazil: Why the Right 'Hates' Latin America

Ahora, Cuba: What Barack Obama Should Be Told about Hugo Chavez

La Tercera, Chile: Death of Hugo Chavez Opens Way for Democratic Recovery in Venezuela

La Razon, Bolivia: President Morales Says 'Empire Has All the Tools' to Poison Chavez

Guardian, U.K.: Death of Chavez Brings Chance of Fresh Start for U.S. and Latin America

Global Times, China: Demonized by the West, Hugo Chavez was a Friend to China

Mehr News Agency, Iran: Ahmadinejad: Chavez Will Be 'Resurrected with Christ the Savior'

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.: Claim that Chavez will be Resurrected with Jesus 'Went Too Far'

El Nacional, Venezuela: Maduro Asserts: U.S. 'Infected' Chavez with Deadly Illness

Novosti, Russia: With Chavez' Death, Communist Chief Sees a U.S. 'Cancer' Plot  

La Voz Mundo, Venezuela: Facing Reelection Fight, Hugo Chavez Plays 'Obama Card'

Diario de Cuyo, Argentina: Hugo Chavez and Barack Obama: A Common Electoral Challenge  

El Tiempo, Colombia: What Good is Our New, U.S.-Free 'Community'?  

Estadao, Brazil: In Latin America, Rhetoric Triumphs Over Reality  

La Razon, Bolivia: Latin America Has Excluded the U.S. Ö So What Now?

ABC, Spain: Hugo Chavez Calls Terrorism Indictment a U.S.-Spanish Plot  

Folha, Brazil: Latin American Unity Cannot Be Dependent on Excluding the U.S.  

La Jornada, Mexico: Latin America's March Toward 'Autonomy from Imperial Center'

La Jornada, Mexico: Militarization of Latin America: Obama 'Ahead of Bush'

O Globo, Brazil: U.S. Navy Shows That What U.S. Can Do, Brazil Can Also Do  

Clarin, Argentina: Resurrected U.S. Fourth Fleet Creates Suspicion Across South America

Le Figaro, France: U.S. Navy 'Resurrects' Fourth Fleet to Patrol Latin America

Semana, Colombia: Hugo ChŠvez Isn't 'Paranoid' to Fear the U.S. Marines  

Tal Cual, Venezuela: President Chavez 'Puts Early End' to Honeymoon with Obama

El Universal, Venezuela: Obama is No 'Black in Chavez' Pocket'

Gazeta, Russia: Latin Americans Will Sooner or Later Come 'Crawling' to the U.S.

Gazeta, Russia: Castro and Chavez Split Over Obama

El Tiempo, Colombia: 'Tropical Napoleon' Melts Before Obama's 'Empire'

El Tiempo, Colombia: Survey: Obama 'Most Popular Leader' in the Americas

El Espectador, Colombia: Cuba in Obama's Sights

El Mundo, Colombia: Obama: A Man Who Takes His Promises Seriously

La Razon, Bolivia: President Morales Suspects U.S. Behind Attempt on His Life

 

 

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Posted By Worldmeets.US June 10, 2013, 3:18pm