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History has shown that female fanatics on the left can be every bit as bloodthirsty and nihilistic as their male counterparts.
Elena Ceausescu was keen on political murder and repression. She helped to steal from the Romanian people in order to feed her megalomaniacal husband’s edifice complex. During China’s grotesquely brutal Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong’s homicidal wife Jiang Qing did her bit to ideologically purify the People’s Republic. She aspired to obliterate all art and literature that deviated from official policy.
Stateside, the relentless anti-American zealotry of Lynne Stewart, Bernardine Dohrn, Angela Davis, and the alleged ladies of Code Pink is well-known among those who study politics.
Not surprisingly, socialist Venezuela has more than a few of its own homegrown Madame Defarges cheering on state-sanctioned terrorism.
Until a heart attack silenced the middle-aged Lina Ron on March 5, she served Hugo Chavez as a chavista storm trooper in the oil-rich Bolivarian Republic. Upon her death the leftist caudillo hailed his favorite paramilitary leader as a “true soldier of the people” and tweeted that she was “A Complete Revolutionary. Let’s follow her example!”
And, dressed in a red, appropriately ACORN-like tee shirt, what an example she set.
Ron’s reaction to the 9/11 terrorist attacks differed only slightly from that of self-described “communist” Van Jones whose Maoist group held a vigil on Sept. 12, 2001, “mourning the victims of U.S. imperialism around the world.” She burned an American flag at a rally in Caracas and cheered on al-Qaeda, saying the attacks gave “Americans a taste of their own medicine.”
Comandante Lina, as some supporters called her, periodically vowed to drown her nation in blood. She summed up her philosophy as “With Chavez, everything, without Chavez, bullets.”
“There were battles between the forces of the revolution and the counterrevolution, and there will continue to be,” she said, adding that violence would grow unless Venezuela undertook a program of massive redistribution of wealth. Ron denounced her country’s elite as selfish: “So we are saying to them, if that’s the way things are, I am preparing for war.”
Ron founded a small political party, the Venezuelan Popular Union, which later merged with Chavez’s United Socialist Party. Remarkably honest in her self-assessment, she called herself the “ugly part” of the revolutionary process because she got “the disagreeable part confronting” Chavez’s adversaries.
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