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  • The New Normal: Chavez Supports Crimes Against Humanity

    As Syrian tanks and artillery continued to rain indiscriminate fire on the defenseless city of Homs and as the world watched with mounting horror the final reports of courageous American journalist Marie Colvin, half a world away, in Caracas, Venezuela, a truculent and defiant Hugo Chavez continues to stand four-square behind the Bashar al-Assad regime.

    In recent weeks, the Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA has rushed to the aid of the Syrian regime, shipping a tanker full of diesel fuel to the Syrian port of Baniyas, fuel badly needed to keep Assad’s tanks rolling.

    When asked about the sale, Chavez defended his right to sell oil to any nation he pleased. “Have we accepted that anyone impose conditions on us for selling oil to the United States, or anyone else in this world?” he said. “We’re free.”

    Venezuela and its allies in the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) also continue to offer diplomatic cover for the brutal Syrian regime.

    On February 16, the U.N. General Assembly voted 137–12 to condemn the violence in Syria and endorse the Arab League plan calling for Assad to step down. Of the 12 voting against the resolution, five were ALBA members. Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua joined with Venezuela and Cuba, siding with select company—Belarus, China, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Zimbabwe, and, of course, Syria.

    As Chavez battles cancer and a resurgent political opposition, he can proudly add support for the commission of crimes against humanity to his list of accomplishments. This is certainly a campaign plank he can be proud of when elections take place in October.

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    4 Responses to The New Normal: Chavez Supports Crimes Against Humanity

    1. gold it is says:

      Ray he spoke a key word "free"!

    2. Evidentely he is not the only one, the world is wondering about what is holdingo the so called civilized nations to enter Siria and clen it up as well? Is there any strategical interest involved? Arent this bombed citizens not innocent? It is cristal clear that the UN should enter Siria and inatall democracy once and for ever!

    3. Chavez is in league with the world's most dangerous evil 'governments', united in their hatred of America. No wonder the far Left loves (Sean Penn, etc.) loves him. Don't doubt they would love to buy some nuclear bombs ('off the shelf' from Pakistan, North Korea, etc.) and some rockets for (justifying it as their 'Venezuela's sovereign right'), & maintain the ability to nuke American cities (just like his allies will soon be able to do.) Their hero Che Guevara said he wanted to nuke New York. Sure it would be suicidal. But what a dangerous world that will be. Just what the Left wants, since they consider US their enemy. WAKE UP!

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