It was beyond the surreal to hear that the Rev. Pat Robertson suggested on his show "The 700 Club," which is televised on the Christian Broadcast Network, that American operatives should assassinate Hugo Chavez, the elected president of Venezuela.
Chavez was elected president of Venezuela in 1998 with a landslide plurality because of his pledge to help the poor majority of Venezuelans. Chavez was briefly overthrown in a coup in April, 2002, by the oligarchy which has traditionally governed Venezuela's democracy. The Bush administration gave its blessing to the coup. The poor of Venezuela protested the coup vigorously and the Venezuelan military, realizing Chavez's popularity, rebelled against the plotters and re-instated Chavez within a matter of days.
Chavez, in a very Christian-like way, forgave the plotters who overthrew him and did not imprison them, execute them nor take away their citizenship. He said that the Venezuelan constitution is "the book of the people" and must be respected, and he implored those who didn't like him to at least abide by the constitution and vote him out of office when his term expired, this while the Bush administration supported the oligarchs to initiate a special election to cut Chavez's term short. Sound familiar, California? Ring a bell, Texas?
Chavez, being a Christian, forgave his enemies. The Rev. Pat Robertson, thinking himself a Christian and being a major supporter of the Bush administration, calls for the murder of a man he doesn't agree with. Quote Robertson, "We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator," "It's a lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with." (Washington Post, 8/23/05)
It seems to me that Robertson values Venezuela's oil supplies above the teachings of Christ. Robertson, like many of the people he associates with, would be less of a hypocrite if he didn't wrap himself in the flag and stand beneath the cross while advocating murder.
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