Tue Jan 10, 2006 8:34 am
Belafonte - Uninformed Puppet or Clueless Dick?
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. children's agency said singer Harry Belafonte was speaking as a private citizen, not a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, when he called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world."
The 78-year-old Belafonte, famous for his calypso-inspired music, made headlines during a trip to Venezuela when he spoke out against Bush and said millions of Americans support the socialist revolution of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF said in a statement that Belafonte — a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 1987 — made the comments "as a private citizen and was not speaking as a UNICEF ambassador, nor acting in an official capacity on behalf of the organization."
The Fund said it put out the statement in response to calls to its office.
Belafonte led a delegation of Americans including actor Danny Glover that met Chavez for more than six hours late Saturday.
During a television broadcast, Belafonte told Chavez, "No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we're here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people ... support your revolution."
Really????? Millions of us????? I'd put serious cash on the table that 1 in 4 Americans can't find Venezuela on a map, let alone tell you the name of the scumbag running that country.
Hugo Chavez — No one appears better poised, at this time, to assume the mantle of leadership of the revolution in Latin America from Cuba’s aging dictator than Hugo Chavez. Since winning Venezuela’s 1998 presidential election, Chavez has been taking his country ever leftward toward dictatorship. He has rewritten the constitution and assumed more and more powers. He uses his "Bolivarian Circles" — armed thugs and neighborhood spies, patterned after Castro’s Committees for the Defense of the Revolution — to beat, intimidate and murder his opposition.
During his 1999 visit to Beijing, Chavez praised mass murderer Mao Zedong and declared: "I have been very Maoist all my life." Communist China has stepped up investing in projects in Venezuela, one of the world’s top oil producers and one of the major foreign suppliers of oil to the U.S. Chavez has given hugs and praise to Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il and Libyan terrorist-in-chief Col. Qaddafi.
Castro, whom Chavez refers to as "dear brother," has sent his KGB-trained DGI agents to help Chavez transform Venezuela’s internal security service, the DISIP, into a Soviet-model secret police force. After his failed 1992 coup attempt, Chavez went to Cuba, Libya and Iraq. He came back with plenty of money to launch his political campaign. He is a veteran member of the Sao Paulo Forum terrorist network and has opened Venezuela to al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and the ELN and FARC narco-terrorists of Colombia. Hakim Mamad Ali Diad Fattah, a Venezuelan-born Arab who is now back in Venezuela, may have been another intended hijacker on September 11, 2001. Fattah entered the U.S. with forged documents (most likely provided by the DGI-DISIP) and took lessons at the same New Jersey flight school attended by Hani Hanjour, who authorities say crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon. According to the FBI, Fattah had talked about blowing up an airliner. After 9-11, Chavez refused to provide information on Fattah and other individuals raising money for Hezbollah in Venezuela. In 2002, General Marcos Ferreira resigned as head of Venezuela’s Border Security because Chavez was ordering him to destroy files on Hezbollah terrorists and to allow known terrorists to cross Venezuela’s borders in transit to Cuba and Colombia.
Despite his notorious words and deeds, the CFR brain trust has been all too willing to look benignly upon Chavez’s militant revolutionary plans. One reason is obvious: Along with Brazil’s Lula (see above) he is pushing for Mercosur integration, a major stepping stone to the FTAA.
Where's Pat Robertson when you need him?