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Chavez: Visionary Leader Extraordinaire

by Stephen Lendman Saturday, Mar. 09, 2013 at 11:25 PM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Chavez

Chavez: Visionary Leader Extraordinaire

by Stephen Lendman

He and Castro matter most. They don't come any better. They transformed their countries responsibly. Doing so made the impossible possible. They did it against long odds. They won over hearts and minds.

Castro did it his way. Chavez chose a Venezuelan model. He envisioned socialism for the 21st century. He wanted it based on "solidarity, fraternity, love, justice, liberty and equality."

He wanted it built bottom up. He deplored top down. Popular protagonism over bureaucracy was policy.

He abhorred neoliberal harshness. He called it incompatible with democracy. He wanted another way. His legacy reflects his accomplishments.

Eva Golinger knew Chavez. She called him a "grandiose visionary" "dream maker."

Venezuelans loved him. So did millions worldwide. They did so for good reason. He cared. He made a difference. His achievements are remarkable. They can't be ignored.

He was honest, said Golinger. His roots were humble. He grew up in a mud hut. He sold candies on streets. He did so to earn money for his family.

He "dreamed of building a strong, sovereign nation, independent of foreign influence….He dreamed of improving the lives of his people…."

He wanted poverty eradicated. He wanted a better life for Venezuelans. He called it el buenvivir (the good life).

He made dreams come true. He achieved remarkable changes. They're more than just numbers. He transformed one of Latin America's most unequal countries into its most equitable. At the same time, he achieved impressive economic growth.

He did so in 14 years. He spoke truth to power. He did it because it matters.

He cared about Venezuela's most disadvantaged. He lifted them from poverty. He provided education, healthcare, affordable food, housing, and hope.

"He recognized the rights of the disabled, of indigenous peoples, all genders and sexualities. He broke down barriers of racism and classism and declared himself a socialist feminist."

"He not only made his own dreams come true, but he inspired us all to achieve our fullest potential."

"I am just a soldier," he said. America wanted him dead. Bush failed several times to remove him. Obama likely killed him.

Toppling foreign leaders by coups or assassinations is longstanding US policy. William Blum's done some of the best research. His books include "Rogue State." They're must reading.

He documented dozens of successful and failed post-WW II US interventions. They include:

• toppling Iran's Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953; it was the CIA's first successful coup after an initial failure;

• ousting Guatemala's Jacobo Arbenz in 1954;

• failing to kill China's Chou En-Lai in 1955;

• failing hundreds times to kill Fidel Castro;

• failing to kill France's Charles de Gaulle;  

• plotting Gaddafi's assassination for decades;

• killing him in 2011; and

• very likely killing Chavez.

Obama wanted him dead.

Extrajudicial killings are indefensible. They're morally abhorrent. They're illegal under international and US laws.

Article 23b of the 1907 Hague Regulations prohibits "assassination, proscription, or outlawry of an enemy, or putting a price upon an enemy's head, as well as offering a reward for any enemy 'dead or alive.' "

In 1980, the Sixth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders condemned "the practice of killing and executing political opponents or suspected offenders carried out by armed forces, law enforcement or other governmental agencies or by paramilitary or political groups."

On December 15, 1980, the General Assembly adopted resolution 35/172.

It urged "member states to abide by the provisions of Articles 6, 14 and 15 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights."

They address right to life issues. They include safeguards guaranteeing fair and impartial judicial proceedings.

The first provision of the 1989 UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions states:

"Governments shall prohibit by law all extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions and shall ensure that any such executions are recognized as offenses under their criminal laws, and are punishable by appropriate penalties which take into account the seriousness of such offenses."

"Exceptional circumstances, including a state of war or threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency may not be invoked as a justification of such executions."

They "shall not be carried out under any circumstances including, but not limited to, situations of internal armed conflict, excessive or illegal use of force by a public official or other person acting in an official capacity or by a person acting at the instigation, or with the consent or acquiescence of such person, and situations in which deaths occur in custody."

"This prohibition shall prevail over decrees issued by governmental authority."

The International Criminal Court's Rome Statute prohibits extrajudicial killings.

In 1976, Gerald Ford's Executive Order (EO) 11905 said:

"No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination."

In 1981, Ronald Reagan's EO 12333 said:

"No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination."

Post-9/11, Bush reinstituted them. Targeted assassinations again became official policy. US presidents lawlessly kill. They have diktat authority to do so. They take full advantage.

Assassinating foreign leaders and others is official US policy. Obama's kill list reflects it. Anyone can be targeted for any reason or none at all. Independent head of state are especially vulnerable.

Obama takes full advantage. He murdered Gaddafi. He likely killed Chavez.

On March 6, RIA Novosti headlined "Chavez Death Could be US Plot - Russian Communist Leader," saying:

Russia's Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov believes Washington may have killed Chavez. Suspicious cancers affected half a dozen Latin American leaders.

"How did it happen that six leaders of Latin American countries which had criticized US policies and tried to create an influential alliance in order to be independent and sovereign states, fell ill simultaneously with the same disease," asked Zyuganov?

"In my view, this was far from a coincidence." He urged an internationally controlled investigation.

Interim Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is suspicious. He suspects an "imperialist" plot. "The old enemies of our fatherland looked for way to harm (Chavez's) health," he said.

Washington wanted Chavez dead. Kurt Nimmo addressed the issue. Previous attempts failed.

Blum asked: "How do we know that the CIA was behind the" failed April two-day coup?

"Same way we know that the sun will rise tomorrow morning."

CIA assassins never rest. Chavez knew he was marked for death. He believed it. He said so numerous times.

Michel Chossudovsky asked if he was "the object of a targeted assassination by the Obama administration?"

"In this context, the CIA would receive orders to assassinate foreign leaders directly from the US President."

"There are secret lists of names as confirmed by US government sources."

"The orders carried out by the CIA to kill a foreign leader emanate from the US president."

Civil rights groups want answers. An FOIA request was filed.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, ANSWER Coalition, and Liberation Newspaper want records and documents that "relate to or reference or discuss any information regarding or plans to poison or otherwise assassinate" Chavez.

They seek "(a)ll records and documents, including but not limited to, emails, letters, cables or other communications, memoranda, notes, minutes, photographs, audio recordings, video recordings, digital recordings, intelligence assessments, communications, records or other data that relate to or reference or discuss any information regarding or plans to poison or otherwise assassinate the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, who has just died."

"This request in made in light of the US government’s acknowledged history of knowledge and possession of information regarding, and/or participation in, attempts to assassinate foreign leaders."

People have an "urgent and compelling" right to know. At best, heavily redacted documents will follow.

Regardless of what's gotten, what known suggests direct US involvement. Bush and Obama want Chavez ousted. They wanted him dead.

He's gone but not forgotten. His legacy lives. Friday state funeral ceremonies were held. Dozens of high-level international delegations attended.

Around 33 heads of state were present. In alphabetical order they include:

Antigua and Barbuda: Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer

Aruba: Prime Minister Michiel Godfried Eman

Belarus: President Alexander Lukashenko

Bolivia: President Evo Morales

Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff

Chile: President Sebastian Pinera

Colombia: Juan Manuel Santos

Cuba: Raul Castro

Curacao: Prime Minister Daniel Hodge

Dominica: Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

Dominican Republic: President Danilo Medina

Ecuador: President Rafael Correa

El Salvador: President Mauricio Funes

Guyana: President Donald Ramotar

Haiti: President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe

Honduras: President Porfirio Lobo

Iran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Jamaica: Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller

Mexico: President Enrique Pena Nieto

Nicaragua: President Daniel Ortega

Panama: President Ricardo Martinelli

Peru: President Ollanta Humala

St. Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister Denzil Douglas

St. Lucia: Prime Minister Kenny Anthony

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves

Suriname: President Desi Bouterse

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Uruguay: President Jose Mujica

Argentina President Christina Fernandez was one of the first high-profile mourners to arrive. On Thursday, she flew home to Buenos Aires.

Spurious reports suggested Chavez's last words were "I don't want to die. Please don't let me die."

US media headlined it. So did Democracy Now's Amy Goodman. Presidential guard General Jose Ornella was quoted.

Allegedly he said Chavez "couldn't speak but he said it with his lips."

Reuters reported otherwise. It said "Chavez slipped into a coma on Monday before dying the following day of respiratory failure." An unnamed source said cancer spread to his lungs.

Venezuelans mourn. Chavez lay in state. Over two million filed past him. Many weep. Some salute. Others cross themselves. Their love and admiration are palpable.

Raul Castro said Chavez "left undefeated." He was elected overwhelmingly four times.

"He was invincible. He left victorious, and no one can take that away. It is fixed in history."

He represented a threat of a good example. He was the rarest of rare leaders. He was a people's president. He broke the chains that bind.

Latin America no longer is America's backyard. Venezuelans won't ever go back. Believe it. Bolivariarism is institutionalized. It's part of the national culture. It's here to stay.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

http://www.dailycensored.com/chavez-visionary-leader-extraordinaire/
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