Saturday, February 04, 2006

Another Hitler?

Anti-Americanism is on the rise all over the world thanks in large part to the speak loudly and wield a big stick nature of the Bush Doctrine. In Latin America, leftists of various stripes have been elected, in part as a reaction to the overweening hemispheric hegemony of the American Empire.

If you don't watch too much television, you will likely recall the recent imbroglio caused by Pat Robertson's remarks on the 700 Club regarding Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez. Robertson said, "We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."

Well, it turns out that Brother Pat may have just been conveying a prophetic revelation, something like the time God told him to endorse Bush I over Pat Buchanan.

Speaking at the National Press Club, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld compared the rise of Chavez with that of Adolph Hitler. Rumsfeld said, "He's a person who was elected legally — just as Adolf Hitler was elected legally — and then consolidated power and now is, of course, working closely with Fidel Castro and Mr. Morales and others." The argumentum ad Hitlerum is the first step on the path to regime change. Next, be on the lookout for pieces in The Weekly Reader, er, Standard from Stephen Hayes telling us that "radical Islamists" are cozying up to Chavez and soon WMDs might be whizzing out of Caracas headed for downtown Miami.

Perhaps ala Woodrow Wilson we should be teaching those poor, benighted fools how to elect good men.


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