Daily Archives: March 23, 2011

Pressure on Chávez

Michael Rowan

If Chávez loses access to his oil money the way Qadaffi did he will have an impossible task in the 2012 election and may have to resort to military rule, which would put him in the same place as Qadaffi is in today

Opinion
To prevent a civilian bloodbath in Libya, the United Nations is imposing economic sanctions, a no-fly zone, and direct attacks on Qadaffi’s military. Member states from Africa and the Arab world have joined the UN coalition including Europe and the US. While a few countries abstained the rest of UN Security Council was unanimous on stopping Qadaffi, who is seen worldwide as a war criminal. All this is bad news for Chávez, not only because he has praised Qadaffi to the rafters as a paragon of human rights -a truly surreal assertion- but also because of what this means about Chávez and Iran.

Iran is also being sanctioned for nuclear proliferation activities and Venezuela is disregarding those sanctions by delivering oil and allegedly nuclear weapons materials such as uranium or hidden cash to pay for these illegal items. Iran says it is building a harmless nuclear power plant but UN inspectors believe differently -it’s the Iraq case with Saddam Hussein all over again. Chávez is a staunch defender of Iran who sticks his finger in the eye of the US at every opportunity on this issue. But with peaceful nuclear power plants creating havoc in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami, plus the UN acting tough for the first time in decades on a war criminal, Chávez is finding virtually no world support for his pro-Iran, pro-Qadaffi, pro-war position. The US Congress, Treasury Department and State Department are taking a second look at Chávez as a state sponsor of terror and violator of sanctions.

The penalty for sanctions violations could radically reduce income of Citgo and Pdvsa, the only cash cows Venezuela owns, and both of which have already been looted of money and knowledge by the Chávez government. If Chávez loses access to his oil money the way Qadaffi did he will have an impossible task in the 2012 election and may have to resort to military rule, which would put him in the same place as Qadaffi is in today. You’d think that someone who had a trillion dollars pass thru his hands since 1999 and who gave 100 million dollars to buy influence around the world would be less isolated than that.
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Michael Rowan / Pressure on Chávez – Daily News – EL UNIVERSAL.

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