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PW: Chávez backs Gaddafi ?

 


Where does Chavez stand on backing Gaddafi ?

Kiwipolitico writes on Feb 25, 2011:

On twitter, the news that Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has apparently expressed support, on twitter, for Muammar Gaddafi, whose mercenaries and loyalists are presently butchering Libya's citizens.

The tweet, in Spanish, is as follows :

Vamos Canciller Nicolás: dales otra lección a esa ultraderecha pitiyanqui! Viva Libia y su Independencia! Kadafi enfrenta una guerra civil!!

My Spanish is no good (Pablo can no doubt translate), but it seems to largely match the following, from the Al Jazeera English live-blog :

4:27am: Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has backed Muammar Gaddafi on Twitter.

Chavez twitted: “Gaddafi is facing a civil war. Long live Libya. Long live the independence of Libya.”

Without an understanding of the context this looks like a plain statement of fact: after all, Gaddafi is facing what looks very much like a civil war. But in light of Gaddafi's recent speeches (and that of his son), which framed the uprising as a civil war started by malcontents, rather than as an expression of the Libyan peoples' will; and urged loyalists to defend Libya from its internal enemies, the implication of Chávez' message is pretty clear. He accepts Gaddafi's framing wholesale; equates Gaddafi with his country and action against Gaddafi as action against Libya, just as the dictator himself did.

Gaddafi's deep links to and close relationship with the Venezuelan leadership are well-documented. But one other factor suggests that the Venezuelan leadership buys the line that the unrest is not a response to Gaddafi's oppression and the uprisings in nearby countries, but the work of foreign imperialists. Chávez' reference to “Canciller Nicolás” presumably refers to Nicolás Maduro, mentioned shortly afterwards in the AJE thread:

5:01am: Venezuela's top diplomat on Thursday echoed Fidel Castro's accusation that Washington is fomenting unrest in Libya to justify an invasion to seize North African nation's oil reserves.

Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister said:
They are creating conditions to justify an invasion of Libya.

All this is pretty speculative. It's sourced from twitter, a medium not well known for its clarity, and being hours old it's still yet to be properly analysed or verified. So it may all be a great misunderstanding. No doubt Chávez will explain himself in due course. But the information does emerge from Chávez' verified, official twitter account; it does echo previous anti-imperialist positions taken by the Venezuelan leader, and it generally seems to ring true.

It seems — and I think — that Hugo Chávez, the modern, popular, democratic socialist leader who was supposed to be different to all the murderous authoritarians who preceded him, has just come out in solidarity with one of the most murderous authoritarians yet left, defending the slaughter of his people for having the temerity to demand control of their nation.

I will be happy to be proven wrong. But if that's revealed to be true in coming days, it'll be your move, Chávez apologists.

Workers' Liberty writes on 25 February, 2011:

Venezuela's Chavez administration has put itself on the line as almost the last people in the world to back the tottering Qaddafi dictatorship in Libya.

Al Jazeera reports: Venezuela's top diplomat on Thursday echoed Fidel Castro's accusation that Washington is fomenting unrest in Libya to justify an invasion to seize North African nation's oil reserves.

Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister said: "They are creating conditions to justify an invasion of Libya".

Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has... tweeted: "Gaddafi is facing a civil war. Long live Libya. Long live the independence of Libya".

According to other reports, Qaddafi has named a football stadium in Libya after Chavez; Chavez has received a "Qaddafi human rights prize"; Chavez has recently said that he plans to work for a while from a tent which Qaddafi gave him.

Chavez has not even gone quiet when Qaddafi is on the back foot and can hope to retain power only by extreme violence against his own risen people.

 

Al Jazeera Live Blog - Libya Feb 25

5:01am  Venezuela's top diplomat on Thursday echoed Fidel Castro's accusation that Washington is fomenting unrest in Libya to justify an invasion to seize North African nation's oil reserves.

Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister said:

They are creating conditions to justify an invasion of Libya.

4:27am  Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, has backed Muammar Gaddafi on Twitter.

Chavez tweeted:

Gaddafi is facing a civil war.

Long live Libya. Long live the independence of Libya.

Any doubt ?

 

- Barry Blacklock / Petroleumworld




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