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Palomar Observatory

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Day of the Jackal


Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez has just publicly lauded countryman Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (better known as Carlos the Jackal) as a revolutionary fighter who has been unjustly imprisoned. He has reportedly been writing letters to the murderous Sanchez in prison.

Carlos was the mastermind of the Munich Olympic murders and has admitted to the 1975 OPEC murders and kidnappings in Vienna. He was also implicated in the 1976 Air France hijacking and a string of other killings and grenade attacks.  Carlos is currently imprisoned in France  for killing two french agents.

Chavez has also publicly supported the late Idi Amin, a man who by conservative estimates killed 300,000 of his own people and also Ahmadinejad of Iran and strongman dictator Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe.

According to wikipedia, Carlos the Jackal has converted to Islam and has praised the actions of Osama Bin Laden in his writing.

Chavez has also reversed the long standing Venezuelan stance against Columbian rebels to a "neutral" position but is known to have been secretly bankrolling them for years. He has railed against "those who killed christ". I feel for any jewish Venezuelans who have to deal with the consequences of his rhetoric and actions.

I would hope that all decent countries would work to neutralize this populist strongman before he can do any more damage in the hemisphere. Judge him by the company he keeps.

4 comments:

grumpy said...

not long ago i read what seemed like a very thoughtful piece written by Sean Penn, on a recent trip he made to Venezuela, where he met with President Chavez and talked with him at length; in light of the issues you bring up here, though, i need to reread it from a more skeptical perspective.

Blue Heron said...

You think?

arab world said...

I really think that this person has a very interesting history!

Anonymous said...

As a young Venezuelan woman, I can only apologize to the world for any of his actions and Chavez too. It's geting embarrasing. I love all countries and wish nothing more than world peace. Specially for those counties that have suffered soo many yrs like Israel.,and soo many more.