by John Hawkins | August 23, 2005 4:52 am
Pat Robertson has been ripped up one side and down the other for calling for the assassination of anti-American Commie, Hugo Chavez:
“You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war … and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.
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,” he continued. “It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.”
I hate to be the one to swim against the tide of public opinion (Well, actually I don’t), but as long as we don’t get caught, liquidating Chavez would be perfectly fine with me.
As far as I’m concerned, a world without Hugh Chavez in it would be a better place. Same goes for Castro.
Still, I have a Machiavellian view of US foreign policy. It seems a bit odd to see a preacher, even if it is Pat Robertson, who seems to think the same way…
*** Update #1 ***: From the comments section:
“Assassination is about the least Christian way of dealing with conflict imaginable…even war can be justifiable, but never cold blooded murder. No matter who the target is. Even bombing Khadaffi’s house in Libya was more honorable since he had deliberately provoked a conflict and knew we were coming. — Mike_M
In the past (and in some cases as we speak), we’ve used spies, threats, sanctions, coups, invasions, assassinations and if necessary, we’ve even leveled cities full of civilians. During the Cold War, we even went so far as to make it clear that we reserved the right to use a first nuclear strike on another nation. Really, what more can be done to a nation than that?
Now, don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying that we should threaten violence against other nations when we don’t get our way or that might makes right. But, when you’re talking about an America hating Commie sitting on a strategically important pool of oil, like Hugo Chavez, I have very few qualms about doing what’s necessary to get rid of him if it’s to our advantage.
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