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By Patrick Markey
Submitted by and Preface by Charleston Voice
Jan. 20, 2005

Among you should be no one who could consider us an apologist for Marxist governments. In the instance of Jorge Boosh's meddling in the internal affairs of Venezuela, is the lost opportunity to build friendships with the Venezuelan people. If left to their own devices, history shows that totalitarian systems fall of their own oppression.

It is known that Marxist Hugo Chavez has built strong ties to Castro's Cuba, and is making agreements with Communist China. Let me say our own foreign policy failures have brought about these occurrences. The days of the Monroe Doctrine are past. The Doctrine is dead, and has been dead since 1917 when we entangled ourselves in WWI, a European war, under the Wilson Administration. The Doctrine, agreed to by the United States with the major European powers in 1823, specifically prohibits the US from interfering in European wars. You might not have been aware of that feature, dwelling instead of the public school taught concept that the Doctrine was to singularly prevent the European powers from interfering in our hemisphere. Not so. The Monroe Doctrine cut both ways.

Understanding that, while we brandished our threats and rattled our sabers, we did nothing to prevent the Soviet Union from colonizing Cuba, and giving a European power a communist beachhead in the western hemisphere. The rest is history, as they say.

So then, don't be suckered by Boosh's public utterances that he is somehow bullying Venezuela with the intent to force-feed "freedom" on the Venezuelan people. As the whole world has seen he bears no kinship with freedom or individual liberty. His ideology if for himself and building the control and wealth of a select few of corporate socialists and globalists. Spearheading US policy to incite unrest in Venezuela is the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a non-profit group funded by the US Congress.

As Venezuela is no more a threat to the security of the United States than Iraq, we should keep our big noses out of their affairs, de-fund the NED, and go about our own business which is to make new friends and re-build our bridges to old ones whom we have wronged.

In Luke 19:11-13, we are called upon to go forth and "Occupy until I come", is not intended to wage war upon others, but to go forth with our Christian message. To do otherwise is anti-Christian, and way outside of any reasonable explanation to believe otherwise. Our country's heritage whether our leaders believe it or not, is a heritage belonging to the people, not its government. Jesus is our only King. - - CV


wo19.jpg - 11226 BytesCARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - The U.S. government must respect Venezuela's sovereignty and stop meddling if it wants to improve ties with its fourth-largest oil supplier, Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez said on Wednesday.

Rodriguez was responding to comments by Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice who on Tuesday at her Senate confirmation hearing criticized President Hugo Chavez for what she called his autocratic measures at home and his negative influence in the region.

The exchange is the latest between the Bush administration and Chavez, a left-wing former army officer and fierce critic of the United States whose close ties to Cuban leader Fidel Castro have irritated Washington.

"We can not tolerate that they try to put on pressure and try to provoke problems within the country," Rodriguez told reporters. "The North American people can be sure Venezuela wants better relations ... but for this to happen there must be respect for our sovereignty."

The minister's response was more low-key than previous broadsides between Caracas and Washington before Chavez won an August referendum. Since then, the two countries have appeared to try to set aside antagonistic rhetoric and have pledged to work to improve relations.

Chavez, who was first elected in 1998, often accuses the United States of financing opponents seeking to overthrow him and says his "Bolivarian" revolution provides a regional alternative to U.S market-orientated policies.

In a typical fiery speech Wednesday, the president did not directly respond to Rice's comments but once again charged that Washington had conceived and backed a short-lived 2002 coup that briefly toppled him.

"In Washington, they export everything, including coups," he said. The United States has denied this.

Opponents say Chavez's social reforms to fight poverty are a smokescreen hiding an increasingly undemocratic regime. Conflict over his rule, including the brief coup and an oil strike, battered the world's No. 5 petroleum exporter for three years.

"What is it they don't like about President Chavez?...We invite Ms Rice to visit the poor barrios of Venezuela... to see the answers we bring to the needy masses," Rodriguez said.

Three U.S. senators visiting Caracas last week urged Washington to build on its energy ties with Venezuela and seek better cooperation with Chavez to fight terrorism and drug-trafficking.

Reuters 2005

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