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A World gone Kooky
Posted by: McQ on Monday, October 11, 2004

I had to clean my screen off after reading this one. I'm going to have to do a self-ban on drinking anything when reading the news on line.
Libya Sunday awarded its annual Moammar Gadhafi human rights prize to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez for resisting "imperialism" and being a champion of the poor.
The "Moammar Gadhafi human rights prize"? Wouldn't that be like the "Adolph Hitler Religious tolerance award"? Or the "Joseph Stalin Kulak of the Year award"? Human rights in Lybia?

Absolutely hilarious. But, of course, they are one of the chairs of the UN Human Rights commission, after all.

Yikes.

And then the receipient? Hugo Chavez of Venezuela?
It praised the Venezuelan leader's "brave heart, intelligent mind, eloquent oratory and firm hand."

Populist Chavez, who has accused the U.S. government of trying to overthrow him, calls his left-wing government a revolution that tries to help the poor by providing them with free health and education programs.

His opponents accuse him of ruling like a dictator, persecuting political enemies and trying to turn the world's No. 5 oil exporter into a replica of Communist Cuba.
Just what the world needs in the 21st century ... another Cuba.

Of course we know it's impossible for that to happen since Cuba has cornered the market on 1950's era automobiles.

Chavez's reaction?
"I feel bathed in honor," Chavez replied, adding he hoped to visit Tripoli soon.
I imagine his detractors would love to see him visit Tripoli soon as well ... maybe in exile.

Other recepients of this prestigeous award?
Previous winners of the prize, which has been awarded each year since 1989, include Cuban President Fidel Castro and South Africa's President Nelson Mandela.
I bet Jimmy Carter is so jealous he can't see straight.

If you were able to read the whole story without spewing on your screen you're a better person than I am.
 
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It didn't help, of course, that BushCo supported the undemocratic coup that briefly removed Chavez from power. If anything, his return to power in the wake of such support gave Chavez street credibility.

Idiots. Just another foreign policy disaster brought to you by BushCo.

BTW, isn't Gadhafi back on our X-mas list?
 
Written By: mkultra
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I almost wet myself with laughter.
It seems that all you have to do for comedy these days is to follow up on who wins human rights awards or nobel peace/literature prizes.
 
Written By: pdq332
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Time to trot out the old saw - if it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck....

I didn't spew anything on my screen because it's business as usual at the UN.

Now, if I read France via the auspices of the UN was suddenly going to send a division of whatever it is they have (mimes maybe?...miming shooting at evil doers in Iraq?) then I'd wonder if the world had gone Kooky.
 
Written By: looker
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It didn`t help, of course, that BushCo supported the undemocratic coup that briefly removed Chavez from power. If anything, his return to power in the wake of such support gave Chavez street credibility.

Idiots. Just another foreign policy disaster brought to you by BushCo.

BTW, isn`t Gadhafi back on our X-mas list?
As a human rights activist? Heh. Yeah, right. MK, this is a bit predictable on your part, I must say. "Its Bush`s fault". Of course it is ... its Bush who put it in Chavez`s head to try and turn Venezuela into another Cuba.
 
Written By: McQ
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Nice non-responsive response. The point stands. You can't retain legitimacy on the democracy question if you are fighting for it in one country and undermining it in another.

Like it or not, Chavez was ELECTED. One problem with democracy is that the US does not always get its way. No, Bush didn't inspire Chavez - he just made his job easier.
 
Written By: mkultra
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Josef Stalin was elected every time they had an election in the Soviet Union when he was a candidate. In fact, I bet he could have gotten elected even after he was dead, he was such a swell guy.
 
Written By: looker
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Nice non-responsive response. The point stands. You can`t retain legitimacy on the democracy question if you are fighting for it in one country and undermining it in another.

Like it or not, Chavez was ELECTED. One problem with democracy is that the US does not always get its way. No, Bush didn`t inspire Chavez - he just made his job easier.
Your point`s a vapor point, MK. Its a claim by Chavez, not a fact. But since it fits nicely with your fantasy view of Bush, you naturally buy into it completely. Whatta surprise.
 
Written By: McQ
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McQ

What? Again, why don't you ever respond to the substance. Ok, I will make this easier for you.

1) Was Chavez elected in a fair election? If not, syas who?

2) Did the US express support for those who briefly overthrew him?

Now, I know you won't answer those questions, because you seem to dislike facts. But it felt good writing them.
 
Written By: mkultra
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"It didn't help, of course, that BushCo supported the undemocratic coup that briefly removed Chavez from power."

Please provide a shred of evidence for this.
 
Written By: Lance Jonn Romanoff
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I thought there were voting irregularities in the last election in Venezuela.

Surely if you can believe that we 'appointed' Bush in the election of 2000 you can concede that all did not smell right in Venezuela last time around.

Oddly, that result was completely opposite the findings of an exit poll conducted by a well-regarded polling firm used often by the U.S. Democratic Party, which showed Venezuelan voters booting Chavez by the same 59 percent.

Other exit polls also pointed toward a comfortable recall win.




Try a net search on Venezuela and election 2004 - looks like some people had questions...here's one sample...recent even...
 
Written By: looker
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McQ

What? Again, why don`t you ever respond to the substance. Ok, I will make this easier for you.

1) Was Chavez elected in a fair election? If not, syas who?

2) Did the US express support for those who briefly overthrew him?

Now, I know you won`t answer those questions, because you seem to dislike facts. But it felt good writing them.
Hey Slugger, "suport" and "attempted to overthow" are two completely different concepts or is that a little too nuanced for you? Review your previous claims. They`re nonsense. And nonsense normally gets a "non-response" from me.
 
Written By: McQ
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Sadaam got 100% of the vote when he had 'elections' there back when he still ran the show...
dictators have always had quasi-show elections to gain some sort of legitimacy in corners of the world...
how is that different than what Chavez has perpetrated... and how is supporting his opponents a bad thing???
 
Written By: great satan
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I had ten dollars on Saddam winning. What odds can I get that Kerry wins next years annual Moammar Gadhafi human rights prize?
 
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