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September 5, 2006

Jihate in South America

Filed under: Global Jihad, Islam, Terror — limewoody @ 4:02 pm

Gustavo Coronel
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006

Hezbollah members are turning up in the strangest places.

Recently they have appeared, as alien visitors, on the Venezuelan side of the Guajira Peninsula, a territory shared with Colombia.

The Islamic fanatics of Hezbollah are rapidly infiltrating the tribe of the Wayuu. The members of the Wayuu tribe walk across political boundaries without restrain. They were there before Venezuela and Colombia existed and they think of themselves as a nation.

Hezbollah militants are indoctrinating the members of this tribe to convert them into Islamic fanatics in charge of disseminating the terrorist message that has already created chaos, death, and misery in the Middle East.

The Hezbollah group invading Venezuela is doing its work openly on the Venezuelan side of the Guajira Peninsula.

They are disseminating, via the Internet, a strategy “to change Venezuela,” including:

  • Total destruction “of the sex industry” (whatever that means)
  • Attacking the upper classes, “who are the most corrupt,” all white collar criminals and continuing the cleaning downwards
  • Attacking corruption in government (not such a bad idea) and in the masses, both civilians and military
  • Attacking false idols and satanic cults, as defined by themThe logo adorning the main page and document is an AK-47 rifle. The propaganda appearing on the Web presence of the Venezuelan subsidiary of Hezbollah [hosted by Microsoft] talks about installing the kingdom of God in Venezuela by imposing a military-theocratic type of government, an explosive mixture similar to what already exists in Iran.It claims: “The brief enjoyment of life on earth is selfish. The other life is better for those who follow Allah.” Where have we heard this before? In the leaflets that encourage the suicide missions of children and teenagers in Palestine.
  • Is the Venezuelan Hezbollah for real or is it just the product of pranksters with a macabre sense of humor?Available photographs suggest they are for real. This ghoulish presence in Venezuelan territory certainly deserves an immediate investigation and decisive action, if true, to eradicate such a horrible pest from the country. The problem is that Chávez is supporting Hezbollah in the Middle East and will most probably support their criminal work in Venezuela. Will the U.N. or the OAS take note?

    Venezuela is deteriorating to the point of no return.

    The social and political situation in Venezuela has reached the point in which major action will be required by civilized Venezuelans and their friends, if the country is to be saved from falling irreversibly into the hands of the fanatic and uncultured Chávez gang.

    Those who are following the Venezuelan situation in detail can see clearly how Venezuelan society is dissolving, turning into a work of horror.

    Destructive Work

    In the domestic scene, democracy and human rights have been roughly and impudently pushed aside, replaced by the abuses of a group of Neanderthal-like bureaucrats moved by social and racial hate. The mayor of Caracas, a man by the name of Juan Barreto, recently exploded out of control on TV, insulting his colleagues in a Stalinist-type of demonstration that left viewers horrified.

    A few days later this man went on to issue a decree “expropriating” the golf courses of the two main Caracas private clubs, in order “to build houses for the poor,” as if these golf courses were the only available land left in the country for housing.

    These are just two examples of how the regime is behaving. The exercise of government, in Chávez’s Venezuela, has been converted in a competition among gangsters, to see who are the most corrupt, the most uncivilized, and the most destructive.

    While these gangsters roam at will in a country that has become a tropical version of Gotham City, Hugo Chávez is touring the world looking for allies in his quest to create an anti-U.S. coalition.

    An Aug. 7 Washington Post article said President Bush “does not consider Chávez as a threat.” This article reports in detail the attempts Chávez is making at creating the alliance but dismisses these attempts as a “war of words.”

    I am not so sure.

    Chávez has been underestimated for some time now. He is generally perceived as an uncultured clown, as a person with unrealistic dreams of grandeur and as a wasteful political leader with an obsolete ideology.

    This is all true, but Hugo Chávez is also a very dangerous man, with a big bag of money and a deep inferiority complex rooted in social and racial components. I think he is willing to do anything to leave an imprint in history, no matter what, how, or when.

    This is a scenario that has to be taken into account if very unpleasant surprises for the national security of the Western hemisphere are to be avoided.

    Today, Chávez is openly siding with North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Cuba; four rogue, terrorist states. By creating a mission manager post for Cuba and Venezuela, something only previously done for Iran and North Korea, the U.S. government is finally assigning the Castro-Chavez axis the priority it deserves.

    This is a move that has both flattered and worried Chávez. Therefore he has decided to accelerate his efforts to create a global coalition against the United States.

    Chávez’s Strategies

    In order to do this he is employing the following strategies.

    The first one, rather orthodox, consists of buying weapons, some U.S. $5 billion worth, from Russia, Spain, and Belarus. These include multi-role fighter aircraft, helicopter gunships, assault rifles and more from Russia; corvettes and patrol boats from Spain; and Russian anti-aircraft missile sytems from Belarus in order to dissuade U.S. military action.

    Then, he is eyeing an oil-oriented strategy, basically designed to threaten the United States with less petroleum supplies. He is selling CITGO’s assets in the United States at low prices, in order to protect himself from the freezing of oil assets in the United States. He is trying to enlist China as a replacement client for the United States by promising that country, quite unrealistically, 500,000 barrels of oil per day within the next five years.

    The Chinese know that this is an empty promise but they will try to get as much oil as they can out of Chávez, for as long as he lasts, while laughing secretly about his flamboyant behavior. As a follow up to this strategy he is also talking to Iran about pushing for higher prices within OPEC and encouraging, through promises of money, relatively minor international oil players like the dictator of Chad, the Bolivian President Evo Morales and the Ecuadorian government to become more aggressive against the mostly U.S. foreign multinationals.

    The visit of Chávez to Angola should be seen as an obvious move to attack U.S. vulnerability on oil imports. Angola produces over one million barrels of oil per day of excellent quality and almost 600,000 barrels per day are exported to the United States.

    Any restrictions on this supply, if combined with restrictions of Venezuelan oil supplies, would have a dramatic impact on the U.S. economy, especially when reinforced by other actions such as the recent move against the U.S. petroleum companies by the dictator of Chad.

    The strategies mentioned above are, of course, very damaging to the Venezuelan people but, while particularly harmful to U.S. national interest, they do not pose an immediate large-scale threat of all-out violence in the hemisphere.

    There is a third strategy being pursued by Chávez that could become the most dangerous in this respect.

    It has to do with the possible acquisition of weapons of mass destruction from North Korea and the possible acquisition of nuclear weapons from Iran and other weapons from Syria.

    Chávez or his deputies have visited Iran about half a dozen times during the last seven years. He has explicitly formed a political alliance with Ahmadinejad. During his last visit he asked for God “to throw bolts at the monsters,” ending this request by saying: “Inshallah,” (ojalá in Spanish, God willing in English). Of course, in Chávez’s mind these bolts would be missiles or, even worse, nuclear bombs.

    The National Council of Resistance of Iran has said that Iran will be able to start constructing nuclear bombs by next year, in installations located to the northeast of Teheran. An Aug. 31 report in The Washington Times says that the U.S. military estimates that an Iranian nuclear bomb is still five years away but adds it would be dangerous to believe that there is plenty of time to act.

    In the case of Iraq, the article says, it was found that the Hussein regime was much closer to producing nuclear weapons than the United States had estimated, and the same could be true in the case of Iran.

    Nuclear weapons are essential for the consolidation of an Islamic empire, claims the National Council of Resistance of Iran, asking for immediate action against the regime of Ahmadinejad.

    A replay of the Cuban Missile Crisis?

    One thing has become evident: The Chávez regime is going to play an important role in the Iranian nuclear power play, probably similar to the role played by Castro during the Cuba missile crisis of the 1960s.

    Chávez’s rhetoric is now one with his deeds.

    He probably estimates that there is no additional risk in coming out of the totalitarian closet and probably much to be gained in the hearts and minds of the Islamic world. This open posture of Chávez in alliance with the terrorist regimes of the world has been further confirmed by his visit to Syria, where he openly placed his regime firmly in alliance with the regime of Bashar al-Asad.

    In Syria he probably was briefed on the performance of the weapons given by the Syrians to Hezbollah in Lebanon, with a view to obtaining some of those weapons for the Venezuelan arsenal. The Times reports that the most effective weapons used by Hezbollah against the Israeli army were the RPG-29 Vampir with a tandem HEAT (high explosive anti-tank) warhead and, specially, the Kornet-E laser guided anti-tank missile.

    Both of these weapons are Russian-made and were exported to Syria, eventually finding their way to Lebanon. Together with Iran, Syria has become the main supplier of weapons to Hezbollah. Recently the U.S. government froze the U.S. assets of two Syrian generals, Ikthiyar and Jama’a, due to their open support of the Hezbollah in Lebanon.

    If the Hezbollah are, as they seem to be, openly present in Venezuelan territory, the freezing of assets of Venezuelan bureaucrats by the United States might not be far behind.

    It is not difficult to see that, once the three strategies being developed by Chávez are put together, they constitute an increasingly dangerous threat to hemispheric and, even world, stability.

    If and when the U.S. moves militarily against the Iranian regime, a parallel move against Venezuela (and Cuba) would seem inevitable, as Chávez would immediately cut off petroleum supplies to the U.S. I have no doubt that Chávez is wishing for this to happen, as it constitutes his only chance to become a significant historical figure, one shrouded in martyrdom. Otherwise, his ineptness and buffoonery will condemn him to disappear in the manner predicted by T.S. Elliot for the end of the world: “Not with a bang but a whimper.”

    Gustavo Coronel is a retired Venezuelan oilman, who was on the first board of PDVSA, and author of “The Nationalization of the Venezuelan Oil Industry, From Technocratic Success to Political Failure.” For the last two years he has been living in the United States.

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