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tazmine
23-08-05, 21:42
Did you hear the comments this guy, a former presidential candidate made? Maybe the US is lucky they have Bush after all. ;)

Pat Robertson: Kill Venezuela’s president
Televangelist talking like a terrorist, South American nation responds
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• Robertson calls for assassination
Aug. 23: The founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network is under fire for suggesting that the U.S. assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. "Today" show's Natalie Morales reports.

Updated: 2:20 p.m. ET Aug. 23, 2005
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela’s vice president on Tuesday accused religious broadcaster Pat Robertson of making “terrorist statements” by calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said Venezuela was studying its legal options, adding that how Washington responds would put its anti-terrorism policy to the test.

“The ball is in the U.S. court, after this criminal statement by a citizen of that country,” Rangel told reporters. “It’s huge hypocrisy to maintain this discourse against terrorism and at the same time, in the heart of that country, there are entirely terrorist statements like those.”

“This man cannot be a true Christian. He’s a fascist,” added Venezuelan legislator Desire Santos Amaral. “This is part of the policies of aggression from the right wing in the North against our revolution.”

Santos said she thinks U.S.-Venezuelan relations could still improve but comments by “charlatans and fascists” like Robertson only get in the way.

The Bush administration swiftly and unequivocally distanced itself Tuesday from Robertson's statement. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, appearing at a Pentagon news conference, said when asked: “Our department doesn’t do that kind of thing. It’s against the law. He’s a private citizen. Private citizens say all kinds of things all the time.”

Acknowledging differences with the Caracas government, and saying it should be promoting democracy in the Western Hemisphere, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack called Robertson’s remarks “inappropriate.”

“This is not the policy of the United States government. We do not share his views,” McCormack said.

There was no immediate comment from Chavez, who was winding up an official visit to Cuba on Tuesday.

Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America and a former presidential candidate, said Monday on the Christian Broadcast Network’s “The 700 Club” that it was the United States’ duty to stop Chavez from making Venezuela a “launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism.”

Chavez has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of President Bush, accusing the United States of conspiring to topple his government and possibly backing plots to assassinate him. U.S. officials have called the accusations ridiculous.

‘It’s a whole lot cheaper’
“You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Robertson said. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war ... and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.”

Venezuela is the fifth largest oil exporter and a major supplier of oil to the United States. The CIA estimates that U.S. markets absorb almost 59 percent of Venezuela’s total exports.

Venezuela’s government has demanded in the past that the United States crack down on Cuban and Venezuelan “terrorists” in Florida who they say are conspiring against Chavez.

Robertson, 75, accused the United States of failing to act when Chavez was briefly overthrown in 2002. “We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability,” Robertson said.

“We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator,” he continued. “It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.”

Under fire in U.S.
Critics immediately objected to Robertson’s statements.

“It’s absolutely chilling to hear a religious leader call for the murder of any political leader, no matter how much he disagrees with such a leader’s policies or practices,” said the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

David Brock, president of Media Matters, a liberal media watchdog group, said the remarks should discredit Robertson as a spokesman for the religious right.

A Robertson spokeswoman, Angell Watts, said he would not do interviews Tuesday and had no statement elaborating on his remarks.

Robertson has made controversial statements in the past. In October 2003, he suggested that the State Department be blown up with a nuclear device. He has also said that feminism encourages women to “kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”

© 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

His views on feminism are just a tad right-wing as well.

Draco
23-08-05, 21:56
Yep, Bush is far more centrist than he is right wing.

nikos
24-08-05, 18:42
Who said that bush is the worst of all the politics or whatever in the usa? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif
But he is a president of the strongest nation of the world,he can effect all the world's life with his decisions,so he is the one who can be critised! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif
The rest are just "loonies",fruit cakes",you can find in any place of this planet!
We got plenty of them,i think it could be a good financial fund for greece,if we deside to export them?
But who is going to pay for them? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/vlol.gif