A newspaper ad (in Spanish) for an anti-Israel demonstration in Venezuela scheduled for yesterday (my translation; emphasis added):
ANZOATEGUI mobilizes against the Israeli agression on the people of Lebanon.
The Anzoategui Revolutionary Government, committed to the defense of human rights, committed to the view that the fight against terrorism and its many forms of oppression is a fundamental right of peace-loving men and women; in full use of justice, in view of the Israeli government’s decision for its troops to invade southern Lebanon thereby committing an act of genocide that violates the soverignty and integrity of the Arab world, [an act] whose magnitude and barbarism recall the invasion of Lebanon by Israel on June 6, 1982 when entire neighborhoods in Beirut were bombed indiscriminately causing death, the March 14, 1978 incursion when Isreal disrespected the international community by attacking with its allies a camp of Irish Blue Helmets sent by the UN, the illegal annexations in 1980 of Arab Jerusalem and in 1981 of the Golan Heights, violating UN Resolution 338, the Camp Daviod accords, and shutting down any peaceful solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Aware of the importance of preserving what has been attained in preserving peace, [aware that] Zionism’s fundamental practice is the extreme use of force, directly responsible for the massacres at Sabra and Chatilla, while the world watched in shame as war criminal Ariel Sharon allowed the Haddad phalanxes under the command of Elias Hobeika rend civilization apart with more than a thousand elderly, wounded, women and children refugees; plus livestock and domestic animals, that were also victims of the Zionist carnage.
I could translate further but you get the gist.
Venezuela News and Views explains that the ad was
published in El Nacional (an opposition paper, read by the intellectual elite of Venezuela if anything because it carries the only literature section worth reading in Venezuela).
and was paid for by the governor’s office of the State of Anzoategui. Venezuela News and Views concludes
This is a first act in the road to “educate” the Venezuelan people
Read the whole post.
To quote Dr. Krauthammer,
the world — governments, the media, U.N. bureaucrats — has completely lost its moral bearings
Iranian firms have invested $1 billion in Venezuelan ventures to date, and the industry ministry says it hopes to expand this to $9 billion in the coming years.
Since it’s Hugo’s 52d birthday, there’s probably the local equivalent of cake and ice cream on the menu.
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