Is Hugo Chavez having a tinfoil hat moment?
I guess Ward and Cindy were busy this week.
By AcademicElephant Posted in Contra Tyrannum — Comments (5) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
In honor of the fifth anniversary of 9/11, Venezuelan "president" Hugo Chavez helpfully proposed that the Bush administration masterminded the attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Mr. Chavez had apparently watched a TV program in which Venezuelan comedian Carlos Sicilia joked that the World Trade Center had been dynamited from the inside, and found Mr. Sicilia's theory plausible. Mr. Chavez also darkly hinted that the Pentagon explosion was a set up since, as he asserted, "no trace" of American Airlines flight 77 had ever been found.
Or is he up to something?
Now I'm not asking Mr. Chavez to come and stand on the front lawn of the White House to show his solidarity against terrorism, but I must say that promulgating conspiracy theories on the fifth anniversary of 9/11 is taking anti-Americanism a little far, even for him. At this rate, he's making Bashar al-Assad look good. But I have found that Mr. Chavez' little flights of fancy frequently telegraph a more serious purpose than their apparently extreme rhetoric suggests, and in this case, I think he's both taking a swipe at the Bush administration and expressing solidarity with the terrorists who have been the "victims" of "imperial" American aggression in the Middle East. Mr. Chavez finds evidence in our own mainstream media that peddling such theories has become a standard means to discredit Mr. Bush's attempts to prosecute the Global War on Terror. Furthermore, I wonder if we are underestimating the ties between Mr. Chavez and the terrorists he seeks to exonerate. There have been rumors swirling lately of Islamic fascists using Margarita Island of the northeast coast of Venezuela as a base of operations. I'm sure they find the tropical beach resort a pleasant change from the mountains of Afghanistan and the slums of Baghdad, and Mr. Chavez may well prove a more welcoming host these days than Hamid Karzai or Nouri al-Maliki. Furthermore, as the global situation evolves, Margarita Island may prove a far more strategic base of operations for those whose mission it is to attack the United States. How about a map?
As always, Mr. Chavez bears watching.