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Thursday, September 21, 2006

COLUMN: WILL CHAVEZ WIN U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT? AND IF HE DOES, WILL IT MATTER?

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, whose megalomania seems to rise in direct proportion to his country's oil income, will be fighting for his most coveted prize over the next few weeks: winning a seat on the U.N. Security Council, from where he could grab the biggest headlines around the world. Read the full column here, and let me know whether you agree.

22 Comments:

Anonymous José Alejandro Amorós said...

Emerson said words to the effect that one must be sad when one sees on print what you have wanted to say but couldn't and it is said by someone else. This is my case with such a great name, "narcism-Leninism"! It really describes not only Chavez but all the long line of typical salvific-messianic neo-caudillos in the present generation of "populists". http://elmismodia.blogspot.com/
http://thecommentarybyamoros.blogspot.com/

11:47 AM  
Anonymous h a s s a n said...

Guatemala is not so much "less confrontational" as it is more conciliatory ... to Yanqui interests. Guatemala just represents the most active status-seeker at the floor of Tio Sam's table, eager for scraps devoid of dignity and self-worth. The fact that Vicente Fox's Mexico is supposed to be a supporter of the U.S.'s canidacy-by-proxy for the SC Seat only confirms the basis of the opposition so many countries have for Guatemala's Washington-sponsored aspirations.

The last thing geniune members of the global community want to see at the United Nations is the awarding of a SC Seat to a country supported by the same country that placed John Bolton in its UN ambassador's chair.

After all, who is more of a threat to the future of the United Nations: Venezuela and its emerging partnerships with other countries of the developing world or the United States who appointed as its representative in Manhattan the same person who uttered these infamous words:

"The [U.N.] Secretariat building in New York has 38 stories. If you lost 10 stories today, it wouldn't make a bit of difference."

and

“There is no such thing as the United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world and that is the United States when it suits our interest and we can get others to go along.''

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Bush a Populist president? Just think it...

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

¿A "Continental Clown", as writer Fuentes refers to Chavez, in the UN?... The UN has enough problems without having this joke of a leader in the SC.
¡Uffff!

7:50 PM  
Blogger Camilo Pino said...

Isn't it ironic that Chavez declared the UN useless but is spending hundred of millions in getting a security council seat?

8:18 PM  
Blogger roberto e said...

People in the USA are generally ignorant about happenings outside our borders.
Chavez foaming at the mouth was picked up by CNN and FOX and other Media
Chavez succeeded in uniting Democrats and Republicans as several pointed out when asked for their opinions on his rantings

Thanks Hugo for making Americans aware of your Anti-US Vitrol
As for Hassan,
were you abused as a child? ,
You sound like Dr. Evil in a Austin Powers movie!!
THere is no US conspiracy just
jealous and inept malcontents hungering for power like your friend HUgo , who is doing more business with the US today than at anyother period of his pregnancy,
sorry I meant presidency
Cheers!

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from: Paul Thorsen
PThorsen240@aol.com

Why can;' the USA just accept Hugo Chavez and work with him? He was democratically elected by the Venezuelan populace and that seems to be very important to George Bush and many other white Americans, who are intent on using USA power to force democracy on the world. If I were Chavez, I would hate the USA too, as we are constantly trying to undermine his Presidency and trying to foment a coup. Hugo Chavez definetely has a legitimate gripe of the USA. However, I believe many Latin Americans of Spanish ancestry have an unjust hatred of the USA/Anglos, being tremendously upset that their hated historic rivals, the "Anglos", have outdone them in every conceivabley way to the point that Hispanicks pay their life savings to be sneaked into the USA, and they feel humiliated and then hate. That is an unjust hate, considering the many contributions the USA/Anglos have given the world, including, though not limited to: soccer, electricity, baseball, the internet, microwave oven, airplane, the automobile.......

1:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biggers countries allways defend their interests and smaller countries must remain quiet.

I believe this situation can be changed with the presence of Chavez in the Security Council.

Unfortunately the press have only talked about his "The Devil" mention forgetting a lot of importants points he touched:

* US violation of UN resolutions about Irak and what should UN do in these situations
* Energy crisis: "By 2020 the world will consume in 20 years what humanity has used up to now"
* World warming: "carbon dioxide will inevitably be released, thus warming our planet even more" He remembered Katrina and its victims.
* Washington consensus and its consecuences. He called for a new and better economic order.
* Pre-emptive warfar and international law violation
* Elimination of the Veto in the UN because is not a democratical tool.

The world has changed and the UN must be updated. Guatemala's goverment will not make something in that way.

Greetings.

Ruben P.
Rosario - Argentina

PS: Can anybody lend me Noam Chomsky book? I couldn't found it...

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

América Latina y especialmente los Estados Unidos, están permitiendo que este loco ande por el mundo comprando terrorismo con el dinero de los venezolanos. A chávez le gusta jugar a los "soldaditos de plomo" y en cualquier momento es capaz de llevar a Venezuela a una confrontación armada con cualquier país. Si los venezolanos no reaccionan pronto, a ellos si es cierto que se los llevará el diablo

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from Paul Thorsen
PThorsen240@aol.com

Hey anonymous, any way, the USA loses in the hearts and minds of Spanish descended Latin Americans. If we take measures to get rid of Hugo Chavéz, we get accused by you people of "interference" in your countries and the hate increases tenfold. If we deal with Chavéz, we get accused of "not caring" and "dealing with terrorists", with again, the same result, the hate increasing and Spanish descended Latin Americans vowing to bring down the USA and do do everything they can to force their language and culture on the USA, to "prove that they are the best", that Spansih language and culture
won out" in the USA, proving that Hispanicks are "the best".
I have said it time and again, so long as the world wants to learn English and not Spanish, and they listen and dance to USA music and continue to ignore Spanish speaking Latin America, then Hispanicks will continue to hate the USA, feeling outdone on the world stage. Hispanick macho pride will never allow for their hated historic rivals, the "Anglos", to outdo them on the world stage in any way, shape or form.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God I wish you would go away, Thorsen. You represent no one but your own weird self, you certainly don't represent the right.

If Latam is so unimportant and the anglosphere so critical, feel free to move along to some blog with some anglospheric topic you like. You contribute nothing of value here.

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thorsen: Have you ever been in Spanish class? They're crammed with gringoes trying to learn Spanish. We're all gonna die speaking Spanish. Deal with it.

7:44 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Andres: You write a good layout of most of the facts, but I have two fact bones to pick on your piece - here, we have the Dominican foreign ministry telling the Chinese press that it's openly campaigning for a Security Council seat.

Second, you say China is openly supporting the Venezuelan thug for the UN seat - I am not at all sure of this, only Chavez has said he has the China support, the Chinese have not said a thing. Not only that, they were stunned at the Chavez speech, too. Brazil isn't necessarily supporting Chavez either. In this piece, we have Celso Amorim the foreign minister saying it 'would be natural' for Brazil to support Chavez - but that is not the same thing as saying one will support Chavez. I think those thinly veiled words say exactly the opposite of what Chavez thinks. And Putin in Russia hasn't said anything either, though in his case, liking the weapons contracts, I think he will support Chavez.

I think Chavez's devil speech sank his UN seat bid and he will lose by a high margin. The UN assembly seats were half full when he spoke despite his known entertainment value and the delegates were laughing at him, not with him.

Even Bolivia's Evo Morales distanced himself from Chavez's devil comments in an interview with far-leftist Amy Goodman, and he is pretty much as pro-Chavez as anyone can get. See this interview here. I've yet to hear any leader, not one single one, defend the Venezuelan thug, yet people like Morales, who depends on Chavez for aid, particularly with Brazil angry at him, are doing all they can to publicly distance themselves from him.

That's a real bad sign. I think the whole world is fleeing from Chavez as if from a bad smell.

8:15 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Some of the Chileans have had a bellyful of this thug too. I think he's detested everywhere.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Andres Oppenheimer said...

Eduardo, estan todos bienvenidos a escribir en espanol. Gracias!

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hola, soy Nelson Rodriguez.
Algunos ilusos creen que Chavez está donde está por casualidad, o que cayó desde el cielo. No han leído demasiado sobre loq que pasó en Venezuela en las últimas décadas. Si lo hubieran hecho, sabrían que el petróleo venezolano jamas fue puesto al servicio del pueblo sino de los imperialistas. También sabrían que hubo un ex-presidente de triste memoria (Carlos Andrés Pérez) echado por corrupción, así como que el golpe de estado protagonizado por Chavez en 1992 fue una legitima expresión de la furia popular. Mas tarde Chavez gano elecciones legítimamente, e incluso reformó la constitución de la mano de los deseos del pueblo. Para más datos: en el 2002 hubo un intento de golpe contra él, auspiciado por los Estados Unidos, los gusanos de miami y la oligarquia venezolana; pero no tuvieron exito: el pueblo se volcó masivamente a las calles en defensa de su lider. Por todo esto, creo que conviene informarse mejor antes de opinar.

2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hola, les habla, o más bien, les escribe una joven Venezolana, nacida y criada en este hermoso país. Lo siguiente que escribiré será para aquellos supuestos venezolanos que se encuentran fuera del país, que creen sentirse en toda la libertad de opinar sobre la situacón política, social, económica y/o finaciera de Venezuela. Pues a ellos les digo que están muy lejos de la realidad, sólo los que vivimos dentro de este territorio podemos opinar, eso si, diciendo la realidad. Ustedes no son más venezolanos que los que vivimos dentro de este territorio, no son quienes nadie para juzgar y mucho menos para opinar.
En cuanto a que Venezuela entre al Consejo de Seguridad de la mal llamada ONU, y digo así pues mucho de sus miembros (países) son unos lobos disfrazados de corderos, que en vez de unir hacen totalmente lo contrario; en fin me encuentro 100% de acuerdo de que sea parte de este consejo, creo que ya es hora de que un país como Venezuela sea parte de esto.
Venezuela no es un país atado por su presidente, como algunos creen; es una nación totalmente libre, todos los venezolanos sabemos que casi podemos hacer lo que nos parezca o venga en gana... Ejemplo de ello, son los periodistas y medios de comunicación que gozan de su libertinaje de expresión, cosa que como que no capta la SIP, me parece que esta organización como que no se ha fijado o ha visto, leido o escuchado a periodistas "venezolanos" hablando de quein a final de cuentas es su presidente y, aún más, sobre de su país...
Aquellas personas que se dejan llevar por lo que dicen los antipatriotas venezolanos que viven en otros países, y se la pasan depotricando de Nuestro Presidente de la República y de los venezolanos que vivimos aquí; les digo que no les presten atención, ellos no saben ni lo que dicen, son puros chismes.
En Venezuela estamos bien, está bien la gente que trabaja, que progresa, que tienen visión de futuro; lo nuestro no es un problema político, es un problema, y lamentablemente lo digo, de idiosincrasia. Sólo nosotros podemos decidir por nosotros mismos. ATTE. RGFM!

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Mousqueton said...

I am reproducing a comment that I wrote in a most interesting and insightful blog on Venezuela (Venezuela News). While I do not agree with everything published in the blog I do have to give Daniel Duquenal, the author of the blog, very high marks on the quality, knowledge and depth of all his writings. "Venezuela Hoy" is indeed a must read blog for anyone interested in the political uncertanties the Venezuelan people face today.

… “I think every country in the world would like Chavez to join the UN Security Council if at all because he is one of the few people willing to make comments about Bush that are in the minds of everyone.

This is nothing to be proud off though because it takes a real thick with little or no knowledge of international and diplomatic relations to act this way.

Chavez is a monkey with a gun in his hand and that is certainly an amusing and even comical situation as long as the monkey is not loose inside your own house.

Most of Latin America can not resist the temptation of sending the monkey to play in the Security Council which happens to be the US turf. After all, the Security Council is tied up dealing with issues that are, at best, anecdotic for Latin America.

The problem with these political and diplomatic stand offs and/or games is that one way or another someone ends paying a high price for them. In this case, it is the Venezuelan people paying the bigger share of that price.

By considering Chavez a comical figure whose only attribute is his ability to annoy the US, the international community is down playing the fact that he is a typical Latin American “Caudillo” running an autarchic government that is increasingly totalitarian. It is down playing the fact that that freedom and democracy are at stake in Venezuela and that for millions of Venezuelans it is not a game.

The other problem is that Latin America doesn’t seem to understand that the United States doesn’t take well these games.

We do not understand them and normally instead of calling our attention what they do is trigger a reaction on our part that ends up hurting the whole region.

When it comes down to foreign relations we are not sophisticated like our European counterparts. We are pretty primitive and tend to see a threat were others see a stand off.

We also tend to react to threats with a clumsy shoot from the hip cowboy style and that is also bad.

Chile would do better by giving further thought to their voting decision and further, maybe joining Peru in finding a better Latin American candidate.

Argentina and Brazil come to mind. They both are openly critical of the US but proper. We might not like their positions but we can certainly relate to them.

Last but not least, coming up with a consensus candidate other than Chavez would be politically fair to the struggle of the Venezuelan people”…

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Mousqueton said...

Hassan:

Things could be worst!

Check out the following comment and link I picked up from comments on the Venezuela News and Views.. blog.

CAUTION!!! Profanity is widely used on "The Big Man from Brooklyn" link below.

..."The Bush administration has just announced that if Venezuela wins a seat in the UN Security Council, Bolton's nomination will be withdrawn in favor of The Big Man from Brokklyn. Apparently, Bolton's approach is deemed too soft and his connections to the established oligarchy a serious liability in dealing with the UN bureaucracy. The Big Man's solid credentials as The Voice of the People are thought to be more in line with the current trend in the direction of autocratic populism. The Big Man became the obvious choice following his recent public denounciation of Chavez's El Diablo speech at the UN. When questioned about The Big Man's demagogically confrontational style, administration officials noted that this is considered an asset at the UN"...

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