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Chavez: A New Danger to America

Monday, 24 September 2001 12:00 AM

Already the State Department identifies Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Venezuela may soon be joining the list.

The National Emergency Coalition, a group seeking to restore democratic institutions in Venezuela, is warning Americans about the threat posed by Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's president and close ally of Castro.

In a release issued Sept. 21, the coalition noted the danger posed by Chavez:

1. Less than one month after taking office in 1999, President Chavez wrote letters, on official stationery, to the world's most notorious terrorist, Carlos "The Jackal" (Illich Ramirez Sanchez) addressing him as "Distinguished Compatriot." Chavez has advocated the release of Carlos from the French jail where he is imprisoned for murdering French policemen.

Chavez has ordered the use of government funds and Venezuelan Embassy officials to pressure France to release Carlos. Chavez wrote to this terrorist: "... everything has its time, a time to gather stones and a time to throw them ... trust and wait ... with profound faith in the cause and the mission, for now and for always."

2. In 2000, Chavez held meetings with the Libyan sponsor of world terrorism, Moammar Gadhafi, and referred publicly to the Libyan dictator as a "hero," to the Western world as "criminal" for its actions against Gadhafi and to Libya as a "model of participatory democracy." In Tripoli, Chavez declared, "Our struggles are the same, as well as our ideals."

3. Chavez is the only Western president to embrace Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi government. In a recent visit to Baghdad, Chavez praised the totalitarian government of Iraq as a "model" for Venezuela and promised close cooperation and increased cultural exchange. According to the U.S. government, Iraq's intelligence services were in close contact with terrorists involved in the horrific attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

4. Chavez met with the fundamentalist dictatorship of Iran, where he referred to the Iranian hostilities against the West as a "worthy" holy war. Later, he declared to the Venezuelan people that Iran and Venezuela were in the throes of "sister revolutions" with equal struggles and the same destiny.

5. Chavez and his government have funneled weapons, munitions, intelligence and funding to the terrorist guerrillas of Colombia: both the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN).

Chavez has hosted these Colombian terrorists in Venezuela and invited the public spokesman of the FARC terrorist group to speak on the floor of Venezuela's National Assembly. Colombia's government has documented the use of Venezuelan military equipment by the terrorist death squads in Colombia, including the seizure of standard issue weaponry of the Venezuelan army at a checkpoint 30 miles from the Colombian border.

To date, Colombia's bloody civil war has killed some 200,000 people, mostly civilians. President Chavez declared, "The Colombian guerrillas are not the enemies of Venezuela," and blamed Colombian civil society for the war in that country. Chavez and his government are currently considering asylum requests from several of these terrorists.

6. The Chavez government aids, shelters, abets, supports and provides materiel and logistics to international criminals and terrorists, including the Colombian terrorist José María Ballestas, responsible for hijacking a commercial airliner in 1999.

Specific and documented cases also include the protection of the Peruvian spy chief Vladimir Montesinos (chief supplier of weapons to terrorist groups in Colombia) granted by the minister of the interior and the state security apparatus. (After months of scandal and denials, Montesinos was "found.") Additionally, the minister of defense has personally aided numerous Middle Eastern intelligence and terrorism operatives working in Venezuela.

7. Just three weeks ago, Chavez heaped praise on Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and his island prison and hailed numerous unlawful economic and military accords: "Now we can talk of a single team. This isn't two teams any more, this is a single Cuban-Venezuelan, Venezuelan-Cuban team." Chavez has stated that Cuba and Venezuela are "swimming together toward the same sea of happiness."

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