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Let us hope and pray that US corporate greed does not trigger a bloodbath


VHeadline commentarist Carlos Herrera writes: The following news story was published today in the BBC News website.

Man charged for ‘Bush death plot’

Mr Abu Ali said he was tortured during detention in Saudi Arabia. A US citizen formerly detained in Saudi Arabia has been charged with conspiring to assassinate President Bush. An indictment read out in a US district court in the state of Virginia said Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 23, had discussed two scenarios with a co-conspirator. It was proposed that Mr. Abu Ali would shoot Mr Bush on the street or detonate a car bomb, the indictment said. The alleged conspirator told the court he had been tortured during his detention, which began in June. 2003.

It is curious to note that when President Bush is “threatened,” action is taken at international level as Mr. Ali was arrested in Saudi Arabia and my guess is that he will go to jail for several years.

The charge is “conspiracy” and it begs the question to ask why Orlando Urdaneta is still roaming around free in Jeb Bush’s state of Florida after saying that an Israeli Mossad hit squad should “take out” President Chavez with a scope and a rifle.

The legal technicalities may escape me, but it appears that Mr. Abu Ali allegedly discussed assassinating President Bush in private (”conspiracy”) whereas Urdaneta called for President Chavez to be assassinated in a live TV interview.

Common sense tells me that there is no difference.

If the threat to President Chavez by Urdaneta does not fall within a US legal remit, perhaps Venezuelan Attorney General Isaias Rodriguez should commence extradition proceedings against Urdaneta so that he has to face Venezuelan justice sometime in the future.

Intelligence reports gathered by both Cuban and Venezuelan operatives indicate that a plan is being hatched in the US (Washington?) to assassinate President Chavez as this is the only viable option left open to the hawks such as Rice, Negroponte, Noriega and Reich (still somewhere in the background) to dispose of Chavez. Everything else has been tried – proceedings at the Real Audiencia in Madrid for human rights violations subsequently thrown out of court, coup d’etat in April 2002, general strike combined with brutal sabotage of the oil industry from December 2002–February 2003, civil disobedience in the street blocking “guarimbas” almost a year ago, recall referendum, a four year media campaign to destroy Chavez’ credibility that has now been taken up by Fox news, CNN and other paid hacks.

The only TWO options left are now an armed invasion or the assassination of Chavez.

Speaking last night to two right-wing opposition members, it emerged that even they were concerned about the possible assassination of Chavez … although they oppose him and the Bolivarian Revolution.

The reasons were clear for them -– their business and families could be endangered by the triggering of a popular rebellion by the vast majority who support Chavez.

Shades of what happened in Bogota in 1948 when Jorge Eliecer Gaitan was assassinated. Any such event in modern Venezuela would most probably plunge the country into a process of “colombianization” and a spiral of violence which could last for an indefinite period of time.

One of the opposition members, Wilmer, stated that Chavez was the only person who is capable of guaranteeing peace not only in Venezuela but also in other countries in the region. He specifically mentioned Ecuador and Bolivia in this context. When I quizzed him on this assertion, he merely said. “Chavez’ message is in the minds of the poor and he represents the first real hope they have had for centuries.”

Even giving the benefit of the doubt about the reports of a plot being planned against Chavez, it has become increasingly clear that the “final solution” to the “Chavez problem” being touted in the higher echelons of the US government could create far more problems than it solves in the US’ backyard.

For example, a recent poll in Bolivia showed that the most popular politician was…Chavez.

Evo Morales himself has stated that if Chavez could stand as a presidential candidate in Bolivian elections, he would win by a wide margin.

The US must simply realize that since 1998 there has been a sea change in consciousness and political outlook in great swathes of Latin America’s poor, excluded and dispossessed. Chavez has been the catalyst behind this and if he were to disappear physically, there is no guarantee that a bloody continental wide revolution would not take place meaning the slaughter of the bourgouisie … the destruction of the conspiring mass media and businesses and even worse, a guerrilla war of unimaginable proportions.

Iraq all over again but x 100 at least.

Contrary to US State Department spokesmen and their standard monologues, Chavez is in fact the stabilizing factor in this geopolitical game in all Latin America.

Let us hope and pray that US corporate greed and lust for oil does not trigger a bloodbath just as this continent of ours is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for the first time in almost 513 years.

Carlos Herrera

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