The title of a recently released Al-Arabiya article is “World reacts to death of Venezuela’s CONTROVERSIAL leader Hugo Chavez (Web-site/URL: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/2013/03/06/World-reacts-to-death-of-Venezuela-s-controversial-leader-Hugo-Chavez.html).
“President Hugo Chavez died on Tuesday (March 5, 2013) after a two-year battle with cancer, ending 14 years of CONTROVERSIAL rule that won him PASSIONATE support from Latin America to the Middle East”.
“In the Middle East in particular Chavez enjoyed popular support for his often critical stances against Israel and the American policy in the region, but his backing of DICTATORIAL leaders from Muammar Qaddafi of Libya, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Iran’s regime of Ayatollah saw his popularity DWINDLING during the Arab Spring” obviously. Ayatollah ALI KHAMENEI, of course, supports MAHMOUD AHMEDINEJAD, who, of course, as we know, is A LUNATIC.
“U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered his “deepest condolences” to the people of Venezuela” NOT to CHAVEZ‘s family.
“In a statement”, U.S. President Barack Obama said: “At this CHALLENGING TIME (?) of President Hugo Chavez’s passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan PEOPLE and its interest in developing A CONSTRUCTIVE RELATIONSHIP (?) with the Venezuelan government”. “HUGO CHAVEZ‘s passing” is a “CHALLENGING time?” “As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES,THE RULE OF LAW and RESPECT (?) FOR HUMAN RIGHTS”, three values that Chavez certainly DOES NOT stand for. Dictators, of course, DON’T “respect” ANYONE except THEIR OWN SUPPORTERS.
“Cancer survivor and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told reporters: “Today (March 6, 2013) a GREAT (?) Latin American died. … On MANY occasions, the Brazilian government DID NOT fully agree with President Hugo Chavez, but today (March 5, 2013), AS ALWAYS (?), we recognize in him A GREAT LEADER (?), an irreparable loss and, ABOVE ALL (?), A FRIEND OF Brazil”. This is surprising, given that Brazil is a DEMOCRACY and again, Chavez was a RUTHLESS DICTATOR. Chavez certainly WASN’T “friends” with many.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said: “I received the news of President Hugo Chavez’s death with GREAT SADNESS (?) I’m PROUD (?) to have lived and worked with him for the integration of Latin America and for A MORE JUST WORLD (?)” HUGO CHAVEZ CERTAINLY DOES NOT represent “justice”. “My solidarity to the Venezuelan people, to Chavez’s family and supporters, on this SAD (?) day, but I’m confident that his example of LOVE (?) of the fatherland and his dedication to the cause of the poor will continue to illuminate the future of Venezuela”. Again, there are TWO things to note here. First, we should be JUMPING FOR JOY because another terrible dictator is now gone. We certainly SHOULDN’T be “sad”. Also, HUGO CHAVEZ represents “love?” He certainly DOESN’T.
“Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told reporters: “The obsession that UNITED (?) us and that was the base of our relationship was peace in Colombia and the region (South America). If we’ve advanced in a solid peace process … it’s also thanks to the DEDICATION and COMMITMENT WITHOUT LIMITS of President Chavez and the Venezuelan government. The best tribute we can pay to the memory of Hugo Chavez is to fulfill this dream he shared with us to reach an agreement to end the conflict and to see a peaceful Colombia”. Again, Chavez “united” via FORCE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
According to Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, (speaking) in a televised address”, “We undoubtedly had our differences (of course), but I was always able to appreciate the strength (and) THE ENGAGEMENT (?) with which Chavez FOUGHT for his ideas”. “Chavez” CERTAINLY “fought for his ideas”, but he DIDN’T “engage” because ARROGANT DICTATORS DON’T/ARE NOT WILLING TO “engage” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “When his illness worsened and he had to return to Cuba, I called him and I remember he told me … that if he had to face death, he wanted to do it in his country, in his BELOVED (?) Venezuela”.“beloved?” Chavez only “loves Venezuela” because he has CONTROL there. Chavez, as we know, was A CONTROL FREAK.
“Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Chavez’s death was “a TRAGEDY (because) He was a great POLITICIAN” who knew how to MANIPULATE people and FORCE them into doing things that he wanted (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Again, Russia, as we know, is a loyal supporter of the tyrant BASHAR AL-ASSAD.
“UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “I was SADDENED (?) to learn of the death of President Hugo Chavez today (March 6, 2013). As president of Venezuela for 14 years, he has left a lasting impression on the country and more widely. I would like to offer my condolences to his family and to the Venezuelan people at this time”.
According to Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee”, “Hugo Chavez ruled Venezuela WITH AN IRON HAND and his passing has left a political void that WE HOPE will be filled PEACEFULLY and through a CONSTITUTIONAL and DEMOCRATIC process, grounded in the VENEZUELAN constitution and adhering to the Inter-American Democratic Charter”. There are TWO things to note here. First, Chavez CERTAINLY “ruled Venezuela with an iron hand” or FIST. THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT/DENYING THAT. This is the latest/yet another example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). On top of this, let’s remind ourselves that the VENEZUELAN “constitution” is different from WESTERN “constitutions” and WESTERN INTERPRETATIONS OF “democracy” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “With FREE and FAIR (?) elections, Venezuela can begin to restore its once robust democracy and ENSURE RESPECT FOR the HUMAN, POLITICAL and CIVIL RIGHTS of its people”. Again, these were three values (“human, political and civil rights”) that Chavez certainly DID NOT “respect”. Also, WILL these “elections” be “free and fair?” THIS IS ANYONE’S GUESS.
According to Rep.Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee”, released the following statement: “Hugo Chavez was A TYRANT who FORCED the people of Venezuela to live in FEAR“. This is certainly true, making this another/the latest example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Also there is MORE THAN ENOUGH “fear” in the world these days. “Venezuela ONCE had a STRONG DEMOCRATIC tradition and WAS close to the United States” PAST tense. Chavez’s death sets the stage for FRESH elections“. In countries like TUNISIA (until recently), EGYPT, BAHRAIN, YEMEN and SYRIA not much can be considered “fresh”. “While NOT guaranteed, closer U.S. relations with this key country in our Hemisphere are now possible“. The only point we can totally agree with in this long remark is: “Hugo Chavez was A TYRANT“.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter released the following statement: “President Chavez will be remembered for his bold assertion of AUTONOMY and INDEPENDENCE for Latin American governments and for his FORMIDABLE COMMUNICATION SKILLS and personal connection with supporters in his country and abroad to whom he gave HOPE and EMPOWERMENT (?)” Chavez was a dictator so he was only interested in “hope and empowerment” FOR HIMSELF. This is the latest example of ARROGANCE a fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “At the same time, we recognize THE DIVISIONS created in the drive towards change in Venezuela and the need for NATIONAL HEALING. We hope that as Venezuelans mourn the passing of President Chavez and recall his POSITIVE legacies – especially the gains made for the poor and vulnerable – the political leaders will move the country FORWARD by BUILDING A NEW CONSENSUS that ensures EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL Venezuelans to participate in EVERY aspect of national life”. Is this a REASONABLE EXPECTATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI)?
Finally, according to actor Sean Penn, “Today (March 6, 2013) the United States lost A FRIEND IT NEVER KNEW IT HAD (?)” This is yet another interesting INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “And poor people around the world lost a champion. I lost A FRIEND I WAS BLESSED TO HAVE. My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela”. Sean Penn considers HUGO CHAVEZ “a friend I was blessed to have?” This is DEEPLY troubling.
The remarks about Chavez, A HORRENDOUS DICTATOR, are surprisingly POSITIVE here. OK, Chavez was a champion for the working class, but how many people did he TORTURE in order to get what he wanted/achieve his goals? He belongs in the same category as BEN ALI, MUBARAK and GADHAFI in the category of DICTATORS who have been ousted, captured or killed and ASSAD certainly CAN’T hold out/on much longer.