Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez can be counted on always to stand on the side of radicals and dictatorships. After defending the Libyan regime, Chavez is now trying to save Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The Venezuelan leadership is openly supporting the Syrian regime, accusing Western countries of using a "new imperialist format" to topple his friend, Assad. According to Chavez, it is the West that foments revolts in the Arab world to loot Arab resources. "The attack on Syria has begun, there have been some supposedly peaceful protests and some deaths (...) and they are accusing the president [Assad] of killing his people (…) And then the Yankees come in to bomb the people in order to save them. What cynicism on the empire's part," the Venezuelan President said.

Chavez depicted Assad as a "socialist Arab leader, a humanist and a brother," "with a great human sensibility," and who is "in no way an extremist." Chavez made also a comparison between what is happening in Syria and the situation in Libya: "It's the same format … They generate violent conflicts, bloodshed in a country, and subsequently they under take military intervention, in order to take possession of its natural resources and convert it into a colony."

In a recent press release by the Venezuelan press agency (AVN), Chavez said he is convinced that the US wants to generate a revolt in Venezuela similar to those that are taking place in Arab world. In that case, Chavez said, the Venezuelan regime will not keep "its arms crossed;" it will use -- as Assad and Gaddafi are doing -- military weapons, to repress any threat against the Venezuelan regime.

From the press:

  • Chavez: "Old, mad imperialism, your days are numbered!"
  • Chavez :The US is plotting to topple Assad to loot the resources of the Arab state
  • Chavez calls Assad a "humanist"
  • Venezuelan FM: Colonial powers have only one objective and it is to take ownership of the oil

March 28, 2011

Chavez: "Old, mad imperialism, your days are numbered!"

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said [...] that the colonialist invasion of NATO and the United States against Libya "will turn back against them. I've said this even before the madness of the bombing began." Chavez stated that imperialism's attitude is cynical, since [the Western countries] say that the bombing against the Libyan people does not mean intervention. "How cynical can they be? How much disrespect for the world! They believe they are the Almighty. The world will turn back against them. Note it down." [...]

According to Chavez, NATO maintains a plan to bomb Venezuela, but - the Venezuelan President says - imperialism won't have nor time neither the circumstances to carry out a military attack against Venezuela. [...] "Old, mad imperialism, your days are numbered!" said President Chavez, adding that when this century ends, Imperialism will disappear and the sovereign will of the people will prevail. AVN (Venezuela)

March 27, 2011

Chavez :The US is plotting to topple Assad to loot the resources of the Arab state

Syria has been hit with a fresh wave of anti-government protests during the past week that left scores of people dead. "The attack on Syria has begun; there have been some supposed peaceful protests and some deaths (...), and they are accusing the president [Assad] of killing his people," AFP quoted Chavez as saying on Saturday at a political event. "And then the Yankees come in to bomb the people in order to save them. What cynicism on the empire's part," he noted. […]

Comparing the Syrian situation to the crisis in Libya, Chavez said, "It's the same model." A NATO-led coalition is enforcing a UN-approved no-fly zone over troubled Libya by striking forces loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi. "Generate internal conflicts, bloodshed, in a country in order to then step in, seize its natural resources and make it a colony. It is a new model they have come up with," Chavez said. The Venezuelan president also said that he had spoken with Assad by phone. […] Press TV (Iran)

March 27, 2011

Chavez calls Assad a "humanist"

[…] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the United States and other nations are seeking to intervene militarily in Syria using the same strategy as in Libya. "The supposedly peaceful movements have already begun, and then there will be some deaths and they'll be accusing the Syrian president of killing his people. Later, the Yankees come and want to bomb the people in order to save them, imagine that," said President Chavez.

"What shameless cynicism! It's a new strategy they've invented, to generate violent armed conflicts and spill blood in a country in order to then bomb it and intervene and take ownership of its natural resources and convert it into a colony," Chavez said. […] Chavez also defended Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, calling him a "humanist" and pointing out that he is "a doctor educated in London; he is no extremist." […]

Venezuelan FM: Colonial powers have only one objective and it is to take ownership of the oil

Meanwhile, Venezuela continues to denounce the international military operation in Libya, which has now been taken over by NATO commanders. "These colonial powers have only one objective and it is to take ownership of the oil and riches of our brotherly people of Libya," Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro told a state-owned radio program.

Venezuela supports the African Union's proposal for a plan for peaceful mediation, Maduro said. "The empire desperately bombs the Libyan people every night. They want to destroy Libya before arriving at a peace accord," he said.

"All the world is seeing lessons we are learning about the way the former colonial power act desperately when presented with an opportunity. They speak of democracy and human rights, but until yesterday they flattered Gaddafi, they were really courting the oil," Maduro said.

Before the military intervention in Libya began, Chavez proposed a multi-national commission to mediate the conflict between Gaddafi and the rebels and forge a peaceful solution. The Chavez administration has forged unprecedented diplomatic and economic ties with Middle East and African countries to form what Chavez calls a "multi-polar world," not subject to domination by any superpower. Venezuelan Analysis

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