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President Hugo Chavez, Address to the United Nations

09/19/06

Representatives of the governments of the world, good morning to all of you.
First of all, I would like to invite you, very respectfully, to those who have not read this book, to read it.

Noam Chomsky, one of the most prestigious American and world intellectuals, Noam Chomsky, and this is one of his most recent books, 'Hegemony or Survival: The Imperialist Strategy of the United States. '"
[Holds up book, waves it in front of General Assembly.]
"It's an excellent book to help us understand what has been happening in the world throughout the 20th century, and what's happening now, and the greatest threat looming over our planet
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The hegemonic pretensions of the American empire are placing at risk the very survival of the human species. We continue to warn you about this danger and we appeal to the people of the United States and the world to halt this threat, which is like a sword hanging over our heads. I had considered reading from this book, but, for the sake of time," [flips through the pages, which are numerous] "I will just leave it as a recommendation. It reads easily, it is a very good book, I'm sure Madame [President] you are familiar with it. It appears in English, in Russian, in Arabic, in German. I think that the first people who should read this book are our brothers and sisters in the United States, because their threat is right in their own house. The devil is right at home. The devil, the devil himself, is right in the house.

"And the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right here."

[crosses himself]

"And it smells of sulfur still today. Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world. I think we could call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday's statement made by the president of the United States. As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums, to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: "The Devil's Recipe."
As Chomsky says here, clearly and in depth, the American empire is doing all it can to consolidate its system of domination. And we cannot allow them to do that. We cannot allow world dictatorship to be consolidated. The world parent's statement -- cynical, hypocritical, full of this imperial hypocrisy from the need they have to control everything. They say they want to impose a democratic model. But that's their democratic model. It's the false democracy of elites, and, I would say, a very original democracy that's imposed by weapons and bombs and firing weapons. What a strange democracy. Aristotle might not recognize it or others who are at the root of democracy.
What type of democracy do you impose with marines and bombs?

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May God bless us all. Good day to you.

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Svensk kommentar:

När de värsta kritikerna lämnat talarstolen hängde svaveloset kvar i plenisalen.

Reaktionen på de giftiga kommentarerna om presidenten är i det officiella USA besvikelse. De skadar Förenta Nationerna heter det.

USA:s FN-ambassadören John Bolton bemöter kritikerna med att "kommentarerna inte är till deras fördel och de gynnar förvisso inte FN".

- Jag tror att det kanske finns en lust att lufta dessa känslor här eftersom ett välvilligt mottagande är troligt.

En av USA:s högsta militärer, general Peter Pace, gick ett steg till och sade att det är fråga om ett mer omfattande hot från Chávez.

- Det har vidtagits fler åtgärder i Latinamerika från regeringshåll som inte är vänliga mot oss.

- President Cháves är helt klart inte USA:s vän, sade generalen.

Venezuelas president Hugo Chávez sade i fredags att djävulen besökte FN, när Bush talade i generalförsamlingen dagen före, "och det osar svavel än i dag".


Inte bara Chávez angrepp George Bush. Bolivias president Evo Morales höll ett färgstarkt tal och avslutade det med att hålla upp ett förbjudet kokablad i protest mot USA:s sätt att sköta narkotikabekämpningen.


Men det var fler, fast mer lågmälda, kritiker i generalförsamlingen. Brasiliens president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, som talade före Bush, satte ljuset på de hundratals miljarder dollar som USA förbrukar på ockupationen av Irak.

- Med mycket mindre kan vi förändra den sorgliga verkligheten åt en stor del av världens befolkning, sade Lula.


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Hugo Chavez is a self-made man. He wasn’t piggy-backed into Harvard on a legacy grant (Affirmative Action for plutocrats) or shoehorned into the White House by corporate gangsters. He grew up in a two-room thatched palm-leaf house with his five siblings and dreamt of moving to New York to play baseball for the Yankees. At age 18 he chose to make the most of his meager opportunities by enlisting in the military.
For 17 years, Chavez served his country; gradually moving up the chain of command to lieutenant colonel. Unlike his American counterpart, GW Bush, Chavez never went AWOL during wartime or stumbled through years of idle profligacy peering at the world through beer-goggles.
While Bush was busy driving three consecutive companies into insolvency and fattening his bank account with the loot from insider-trading scams, Chavez was putting together the Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement; a leftist political organization which promoted redistribution and civil rights.
Chavez was lifted to the presidency on the backs of peasants and working-class people while Bush was selected by 5 venal judges who repealed the democratic process and suspended the counting of ballots.
The differences between the two men go on and on. It is an interesting study in contrasts and one that is particularly relevant to the deteriorating state of world affairs.