The Next 9/11

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The next 9/11-style terrorist attack may originate from the unlikeliest of places: socialist Venezuela. This is because that country’s Marxist president, Hugo Chavez, who has been busy creating his own version of the Warsaw Pact, is dropping hints that his nation’s territory might be used as the launch pad for an Islamist assault on the continental United States.

Some have difficulty taking the famously flamboyant Chavez seriously. He is, after all, the erratic fellow who blamed the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti on the U.S. He poses for photos with a parrot on his shoulder. He rants — and sometimes sings – on Sundays on his TV show about whatever pops into his head, whether it’s about his bouts with diarrhea or his unhappiness with his cabinet ministers.

But despite his eccentricities, it’s important to remember that Chavez openly works with the terrorist groups Hamas, Hezbollah, and FARC — a Marxist-Leninist narco-terrorist group in neighboring Colombia. Hamas and Hezbollah have offices in Caracas, and Chavez funds FARC. A congressional report indicates Iran’s fanatical Revolutionary Guard is active in Venezuela. A State Department report notes Venezuela’s close working relationship with terrorism-sponsoring Cuba.

Let’s follow the bread crumbs:

Chavez has made no secret of his abiding hatred of America and its freedoms. He calls capitalism “savagery” and President Barack Obama “a poor ignoramus.” Obama got off easy. Chavez referred to President George W. Bush as “the Devil.”

It’s no coincidence that Islamofascist fanatic Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, leader of Iran (the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism), and Chavez are good friends. Last year, Chavez and Ahmadinejad announced that their two countries had formed a “strategic alliance” to end U.S. “imperialism.” The two nations will seek to “establish a new world order based on humanity and justice,” the Iranian president said. Until recently, Venezuela had been helping Iran get through temporary problems with its oil refining capacity by shipping 20,000 barrels of gasoline a day to the Islamic Republic. The program, in operation since 2009, ended in February 2011 when Iran reportedly achieved self-sufficiency in gasoline production.

Chavez defends Iran’s allegedly peaceful nuclear energy program, and has plans to develop a nuclear program of his own. He denies that he intends to develop a nuclear weapons program. “Who in Venezuela could take on a project of that type? Who? We aren’t going to take it on.”

Not many were surprised when Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), the government-owned oil company that also operates CITGO in the U.S., unveiled a plan in October to invest $780 million in Iran’s South Pars field, the largest natural gas field in the world. PDVSA’s involvement with Iran is important because the company is regarded as a “black box” that funds Chavez’s overseas political ambitions. Oil export revenues fuel Chavez’s petro-diplomacy.

Meanwhile, Chavez’s friends in Iran have been reaching out to other left-of-center nations in the Americas. Iran recently donated a $2.5 million hospital in El Alto, Bolivia near La Paz. Iran has pledged $1.1 billion in development aid to Bolivia, which responded by seeking closer military ties to the emerging Middle Eastern power.

Chavez and Bolivia’s Marxist president, Evo Morales, see eye to eye. In fact, Chavez has called the partnership between Venezuela, Bolivia, and Iran, the “Axis of Annoyance” for its ability to vex the United States.

And Morales does not take a back seat to Chavez in denouncing their common foe. “Capitalism is the worst enemy of humanity,” Morales said, as he called for its destruction. “I would like to say that the origin of this crisis is the unbridled consumption and accumulation of capital in a few hands, the looting of natural resources, the commercialization of Mother Earth, and above all, I believe its origin lies in an economic model—capitalism,” he told the United Nations.

Other Chavez-friendly Latin American countries may join the socialist-Islamist entente. Iran has been courting Ecuador, whose government is headed by leftist president Rafael Correa. Last year, Ecuadorian Vice President Lenin Moreno signed an agreement with Iran to build three hydroelectric projects in Ecuador. Iran also has significant, though less extensive, ties to the left-leaning regimes in Brazil and Chile, but their association is likely to grow stronger.

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  • Morrissey

    Hilarious! "The Chavez-Ahmedinejad axis". This paranoid tripe brings to mind the Reagan regime's stirring up of hysteria about the Nicaraguan threat.

    That anyone could seriously write an article like Matthew Vadum's little gem is kind of hilarious, but it's also more than a little pathetic.

    • davarino

      You let just one little rat get a foot hold in your house and they multiply till they take over. The same with these rats, we can not give them any place to thrive lest they take over our great nation and destroy it.

      But thanks for not caring

      • Jim C.

        I definitely couldn't care less about the thousands of dingdong scaredy-cat speculations "conservatives" make, oh-so solemnly intoning about "this great nation." For example, have any of Glenn Beck's nonsense paranoid "predictions" EVER ONCE panned out? Answer: NO. Nevertheless, we are to take him seriously.

        Have some dignity, for pete's sake.

      • Morrissey

        Wow! You're kind of terrifying, my friend. Now, I want to take you on a little travel through time. (Bear with me, my friend—it's just a thought experiment.) Let's go back seventy years or so: your words could be those of a zealous bureaucrat, working away in an administrative job at the Judenreferat in the German Foreign Office. Raging, ranting, raving about "rats" that "thrive" and threaten to "take over and destroy our great nation".

        Better still, davarino, get someone to read out the three lines of your classic post and see if you hear an echo of something from Europe's not-so-distant past.

    • http://www.19.org Edip Yuksel

      I agree. Though I have no affinity to either Chavez or Ahmadinajad, but the author of article blows so much to create storm in a teaspoon, that is hillarious. Despite all the hot air from Chavez and Ahmadinajad, they have not invaded a country, they have not killed tens of thousands like the USA-Inc or Israel, and they have not supported terrorist organizations such as al-Qaida.

      A little note: Interestingly, the Zionist propaganda trying to depict the Iranian despot, Ahmadinajad, as a Modern Hitler, ignores the fact that the Jewish minority in Iran has been much safer than the Muslims who are demanding freedom.

      So, this is a piece of stupid propaganda that has been targeted to people like Evangelical Christians and Zionazis.

      Peace

      • ziontruth

        "…the fact that the Jewish minority in Iran has been much safer than the Muslims who are demanding freedom."

        People who keep their heads down are much safer than people who make demands?! No kidding!

        "So, this is a piece of stupid propaganda that has been targeted to people like Evangelical Christians and Zionazis."

        Recep Teyyip Erdoggydoo commends you for your work, but your mommy says it's time to go to bed.

  • SouthAmerican

    The "left-leaning regime in Chile" lost the presidential elections one year ago. The current chilean president is a right-wing business men without any association with Iran or Chavez.

    But other hand, Argentina do has close ties with Chavez and a left-leaning regimen, but not so good relations with Iran because of the AMIA bombing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMIA_Bombing

    • Fred Dawes

      good news

  • Sol

    Doesn't get any more slanted than this. Regardless, It does have some merit. Hugo will befriend anyone who will tolerate him and can potentially pose a threat from those he allies with. But its highly unlikely as a good portion of Venezuela's population has friendly and close relations with the U.S. people and wont tolerate military or terrorist activity launched from their soil for very long, if at all.

  • Fred Dawes

    I hate this pig Hugo not because he is a low ltfe Red But because he has murdered many of the poor and will keep doing his evil work and play right into the hands of the muslims, and understand one fact, the durg gangs are working in south america are in many ways working for the jihad rats all over the world. if people of all of the America would stand as one we could stop evil but that will never happen.

    • Morrissey

      Could you document ONE case of Chavez, or anyone in his democratically elected government, murdering anyone?

      • davarino

        Yes Chavez and his gov are without blame. Never intimidated a fly. He is concerned about the welfare of all Venazuelan's and will relinquish power when he is "democratically" voted out, right?

        • Morrissey

          Correct. You're being sarcastic, of course, which is as good as you are capable of, but you have stated the facts perfectly. He was democratically elected, and is massively popular—hence the rage of the United States, which cannot abide an independent, democratic state anywhere it assumes it has hegemony.

  • jacob

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    NOT MAKE PEOPLE WASTE THEIR TIME AND GETTING PISSED AT YOU…

    Perhaps it should limit comments to that many words and not make people
    waste their time

  • ziontruth

    It's not about people (Chavez, Ahmadinejad – may they both go to hell soon, amen) but ideologies (Marxism, Islam). The Marxist/Islamist Axis is the issue, and it's not tied to a geopolitical base. In fact, it's wormed its way tightly into every free country, even up to the very top in the case of the United States of America.

    • Debbie

      Amen and amen. It is amazing how many people miss the things that are happening under their very noses. This is a great nation or it once was and, God help us, we will be again. The greatness of this nation is what allows so many of you less than stellar intellects to make the ridiculous remarks you make. Patriots will hold on until we can make this nation a beacon of freedom again for those who do not wish to destroy the freedoms it offers to all who love it and come to it because the crave freedom and they come legally.

  • Andres de Alamaya

    He comes across like a character out of a Woody Allen film. He calls Obama "a poor ignoramus" and Bush "the devil." He even gets the presidents mixed up.

  • preacherbilly

    About Bolivia: my NC congregation and I have been big supporters of an evangelical Methodist orphanage about 40 miles outside of the Bolivian capital of La Paz.  I've been, my sons have been; the poverty is shocking; lowest per capita income in all South America.  I can also say Christian missionaries offering health care in El Alto have been there long before any Iranians found South America on the map. 

    Evo Morales is no Hugo Chavez.  I think Morales is more interested in the money for the ethnic Aymaran Indian population of Bolivia (Morales is part of this impoverished Bolivian ethnic majority) than he is in being a dictator.  Morales will follow after whoever delivers the cash – even if it’s just a little bit.  I hope our State Department and elected representatives will pay attention to Bolivia – it would be easy for us to "peel off" the Morales government from Chavez's "Axis of Annoyance," if we were to divert even a little foreign aid.   Also, Bolivia's untapped natural resources are vast; better to see American investors down there instead of the Chinese.    

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  • Dennis

    I think of Chavez as a syphilitic caricature of Dadda Idi Amin-Robert Mugabe-Col. Gaddafi-Ahmadinejad following a combined Marx Brothers-Three Stooges-Laurel & Hardy script for WORLD DOMINATION. These goofballs could be neutered swiftly should a real need arise, but the potential for an accidental success is a factor of Murphy's Law and that's what must be considered. Their "HEROES" are Castro, Pappa & Baby Doc, and the "Pineapple Face"…none of whom could even rule BELLE ISLE, a small recreation island in the middle of the Detroit River! Let them each play "Bloefeld or Goldfinger"…they'll just waste money, get their citizens po'ed, and be swept away in the next Banana Revolt. Focus on what's happening here so we can shape-up!

    • Morrissey

      Dennis, the way you think speaks volumes about your psychological make-up. As an analysis or even a simple portrait of Chavez, however, it is worthless.

  • BLJ

    The cost of two mercury tipped bullets is very minimal. We could get rid of these two parasites easily. I am sure the good people of both countries would be grateful.

    • http://www.19.org Edip Yuksel

      And now you expect people believe in your "terrorist here, terrorist there" cry? The world is now witnessing, unlike before, the reality of capitalism and the bloody alliance of the USA-Inc. So, the old propaganda will only resonate in the minds of the ignorant. No more preaching the world about human rights, peace, democracy and getting away with doing exactly the opposite. Thanks to internet. Peace. Edip

      • BLJ

        Go home and grab your shoebox Sally. I could give a rat's arse what the world thinks of the U.S. They still all want to live here and gladly take any aid we give them.

      • ziontruth

        "The world is now witnessing, unlike before, the reality of capitalism and the bloody alliance of the USA-Inc. So, the old propaganda will only resonate in the minds of the ignorant."

        Ain't that the truth: Old propaganda from the first half of the previous century (which is what your schlock about "capitalism and the bloody alliance of the USA-Inc" is) can only resonate with those who are unaware of the blessings of capitalism and, on the other hand, of the enormous degree of misery inflicted upon mankind by anti-capitalist fascism a.k.a. Marxism (100,000,000 human lives claimed to this ideological monstrosity).

  • Nick Shaw

    I don't think we should worry too much about Hugo. He will tweek America's nose once in a while by kissing up to our enemies. That's all he will do though because he likes the money too much. It's just to piss off American presidents. In my experience, Latinos have a lot less in common with Islamofacsists than the West. I wouldn't make too much of an Axis developing unless it's with socialist / communists.

  • minnieiam

    Apparently Chevez has a short memory. If terrorists attacks are initiated against the US from his country, surely whatever incompetent wimp we have in the White House will retalliate like Reagan did against Lybia after Pan Am 103 was shot down and like Bush did to Afghanastan and Iraq after 9-11.

    • Diogenes

      minnieiam, I wish I could believe that. I fear that if an attack of that sort were to occur in the next two years, jug-ears would give a vapid speech and hold Chavez's coat!

      • Debbie

        "Jug-ears" would take at least two years to figure out what to have his speech writers put on the teleprompter so he could respond with some vapid speech and not only hold Chavez's coat but would most certainly apologize and then bow at the waist to the little tyrant.

  • dcfinfan

    And the demonization of Venezuela begins! In the never ending line of US boogeymen, Venezuela is lined up nicely to take Iran's place once Iran has been "liberated".

    • Seabird

      time to keep lining them up and knocking them off one-by-one. Anyone who threatens the peace of this country should be neutralized before they get the chance to even thinking about lobbing even a rubber bullet at this country. Some of you people evidently were playing hooky when history and civics were taught in your schools or, perhaps, the liberal history revisionists had already gained a foothold in your schools. Where do you think the freedom you have to make the posts you make here and spout the crap you do comes from? Your grandparents and great grandparents would be absolutely ashamed at your lack of knowledge about how this country came to be, but then I suppose you are the ones with your hands out all the time and are waiting for the spreading of the wealth, wealth you did not earn and are not entitled to. But keep on with your "demonization, boogeyman" talk, along with your stupid liberalization talk of Iran — you are evidently too young to remember the fear of nuclear weapons 90 miles off the coast of Florida and the very real threats from countries who hated freedom in all its forms. How short your memory is. I suppose 9-11 is ancient history for you and that was not enough of a wake -up call. We should line 'em up and knock 'em off, just like throwing a bowling ball down the lane, taking them out as many as possible at a time and them taking in the rest as spares, reaching for those high scores as we preserve "your" freedom to be a bit dull and uneducated.

  • USMCSniper

    Enough of this prattling with the alligator to eat us last. Let loose the dogs of war on the Islamists. It is our killer instincts which must be harnessed if we expect to survive in a war with the Jihadists. Our weapons are only tools. It is a hard heart that kills. If our killer instincts are not clean and strong we will hesitate at the moment of truth. We will not kill. We then will become dead Americans. And then you will be in a world of trouble. Because there are a billion Muslims and on a few of us who will fight! Do you understand? Kill 'em all, wrap 'em all in their prayer rugs and burn 'em, and let Allah sort 'em out! Krispy Kritters will never come back for a rematch!

    • dcfinfan

      Ahhh, America's true colors shining brightly.

      • USMCSniper

        You would prefer tjat we Americans spread buttock cheeks and press lips to hemmorods soas to plead favor of Muslim alligator will eating us last?

    • Seabird

      Ah, yes, let loose the dogs of war on those who seek nothing more than to kill every being on the face of this earth who does not believe as they do. Harden our hearts and loose our weapons upon those who would kill you and I for our beliefs. No rematches – the best policy I've heard in a long time. They want so badly to be martyrs, let them be, let them have their 70 virgins or whatever it is and let Allah sort it all out, while we live to fight another day if need be. Amen, USMCSniper, Amen.

  • joe

    In a rational world, two bullets would end this problem, but our administration is too weak to take care of business.

  • Mick60

    Egads! I thought all the Kennedys had gone away! Before we get too mired down in conversation about Chavez, let's FIRST clean up our own backyard and pass legislation (now that we have a GOP-controlled House) to snip the seeds of every male Kennedy alive to prevernt them from further befouling our gene pool.

  • MixMChess

    Blitzkrieg? Israel's response to Hamas was anything but… Recall, in June of 2008, Israel agreed to a 6-month ceasefire with Hamas. The day after the truce was entered into, Hamas terrorists fired rockets into southern Israel. Despite what the Hamas “gross violation” of the truce, Israel refrained from military action. In fact, from June-December 2008, over 329 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israeli kindergartens, daycares and schools.

    • Morrissey

      You clearly have no idea. Your time frame is sheer fantasy, and bears no relation to the facts. I wonder if you have ever thought of looking behind the official statements by the likes of Mark Regev and Tzipi Livny? Have you ever thought of questioning them? Thinking for yourself? Reading? (And I don't mean reading extremist websites like this.)

      Have you ever read the Goldstone Report, or listened to the testimony of the Israeli soldiers who were traumatized by what they were asked to do in Gaza?

      Until you do, you are no more than an ignoramus.

      • MixMChess

        You're right, my time frame is WAY off. Hamas had been firing rockets into Israel since 2000, so it actually took Israel over 9 years to respond to the Hamas war of genocide.

        I wonder if you ever thought of looking at the official statements of Hamas, Hizbollah and Fatah? But don't take my word for it…
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSftYIGH6-w

        And yes, I have read the Goldstone Report and I have spoken to countless soldiers that served in Gaza in 2009. Perhaps you need to educate yourself a little more, until you do you are just another ingoramus:
        http://www.goldstonereport.org/
        http://www.soldiersspeakout.com/

        • Morrissey

          "Hamas war of genocide"! See, my friend, you downgrade yourself immediately when you make such a risible statement.

          And, by the way, that YouTube link was about as rigorous as a Tsipi Livny press release. "Palestinians drink the blood of Jews", indeed! You don't even have enough of a sense of irony to see when Israeli propaganda mimics the foulest Mitteleuropean anti-Jewish fantasies.

          I wonder how seriously you read the Goldstone Report. Did you put your hands over your ears and shout when your soldier friends told you there was no resistance in Gaza, that it was a slaughter? Kind of like the caring and law-abiding Noam Federman, perhaps…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0fM58jBYzY&fe

  • I Crause

    I have lived in Bolivia under Morales and I have to concur with the post above from preacherbilly. Morales is no dictator nor does he want to attack the US.
    The way to understand this – and for me as a secular European born into the Jewish faith but who is not religious nor a supporter of Israel (yet someone who is still apparently a pig and a dog in ol' Mahmoud's eyes, I detest Ahmadinejad thoroughly as a genuine scumbag) but yet I respect and admire Chavez and Morales (who I regard as a hero, having seen his fight against fascism at close hand in Santa Cruz). It is fairly easy to understand and the article willfully misrepresents what is going on. This is no longer a bipolar (NATO-Soviet) or uni-polar (US World Police) world. It is a fast emerging multi polar world with a secondarily fast ridsing group of nations looking to loose themselves from their colonial masters. In Eastern Europe you have the Ukrainian, Caucasian and Georgian natrionalists seeking to rid themselves of Russia; in Latin America it is the US who are the problem and the middle east and the European powers likewise due to their ex-colonial elites.

  • I Crause

    The article is, as most posters have suggested, purest rubbish.
    Whilst I wish Chavez and Morales would have nothing to do with Iran until another revolution turns the place over, this is not a Marxist-Islamist Bloc planning to attack America: what this is is a view into a multipolar world, which is why US ultra-nationalists really are afraid and need to concoct witch stories around it so ease the way for violent terrorist intervention against the civilian populations in these places.Then you can say you are doing it to protect them.

    Disgraceful rubbish displaying an idiotic, Glenn Beck-like relation to reality.

  • David Salvador

    Wow! What a bunch of sadistic nuts in your readership! Watch out America, you are filled with a string of maniacs which still beleive that the US's ideals can be achieved by shooting, bombing and roasting people because of their beliefs or because they don't accept the US hegemony. Why do you think that your Presidents cannot visit any country of the world without a whole army of bodyguards? Even England, Germany and France. They cannot mingle with the crowds, as Kennedy and Reagen did on several ocasions. What happened to U.S. leader's open mind in world matters? The American revolution was the first real modern revolution in history. Why are its presents leaders so allergic to any new revolution? What happened along the way? It's a shame, the World could use a young, rebelious, strong but tolerant United States. Not a bully super power. God Bless you, anyway, there are many more God fearing, good, hardworking people in your 50 States than these few bu outspoken maniacs.

  • ranti

    all of these dicktators call themselves presidents.THE U.N. IS MADE U[P OF THESE DICTAORS.

  • Morrissey

    Careful, ranti: Your contempt for democracy is showing.

  • richard

    oh i apologise. i ment the poster above you. sorry.