After the world responded in disgust to his suggestion that America should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, televangelist Pat Robertson claimed that his comments were “misinterpreted” and by attempting to clarify his statements he merely dug himself deeper into the hole of lunacy he dwells in with millions of other Duhmerikans.
Apparently the mass media didn’t actually read his clarification and is claiming that he has apologized, even though he didn’t really apologize. He instead repeats his previous delusions. Below is Robertson’s clarification of his statments with a few facts thrown in to counter his lies.
Pat Robertson Clarifies His Statement Regarding Hugo Chavez
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., August 24, 2005–I want to take this opportunity to clarify remarks made on the Monday, August 22nd edition of The 700 Club where I adlibbed a comment following a very brilliant analysis by Dale Hurd of the danger that the United States faces from the out-of-control dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. In this story, Col. Chavez repeatedly claimed that Americans were “trying to assassinate him.”
(Chavez is very much in control and is certainly not a dictator. The US probably is trying to assasinate him and have certainly been trying to assasinate his character.)
In my frustration that the U.S. and the world community are ignoring this threat, I said the following:
Thanks, Dale. If you look back just a few years, there was a popular coup that overthrew him; and what did the United States State Department do about it? Virtually nothing; and as a result, within about 48 hours, that coup was broken, Chavez was back in power. But we had a chance to move in.
(The Coup was not popular but was a US led attempt to overthrow a democratically elected leader using hired thugs in cooperation with the local elite who had previously run the country as their private piggy-bank. The coup failed not because the US wasn’t willing to use enough fire-power but because the reaction among the population was so strong. Unsuccessful in it’s coup the US organized a referendum which it lost. Chavez has the overwhelming support of the citizens of Venezuela.)
He has destroyed the Venezuelan economy, and he’s going to make that a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism all over the continent.
(Chavez has done wonders with the Venezeuelan economy and for the first time ever the people actually have enough to eat, access to free medical care and free education. As the world’s fifth largest oil producer Venezuela should have been a very wealthy country, but the weatlh was stolen by the corrupt thugs put in power by the US. While Chavez is a socialist and has buddied up to Castro, cronnie capitalism failed Venesuela. It is the right of the Venezuelan people to choose their own form of goverment, even if it doesn’t make US corporations rich. Many countries around the world are socialists and there are a few which are communist. China is a communist dictatorship yet one of America’s most favored trading partners. There is absolutely no indication that Chavez is creating a launching pad for muslim extremism.)
I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think 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. But this man is a terrific danger, and this is in our sphere of influence, so we can’t let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine, and we have other doctrines that we have announced, and without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil that could hurt us very badly. 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-dollar war to get rid of one strong-arm dictator. It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.
(If America simply stopped consuming most of the worlds oil it wouldn’t need to invade other countries to steal it. What makes Americans think that they have the right to murder the leaders of other countries simply because he might one day stop selling them oil? The US has a long history of murdering people that stand in the way of the profits of its corporations. It has assasinated numerous latin american leaders on behalf of greedy corporations. It was wrong then and it is wrong now.)
Is it right to call for assassination? No, and I apologize for that statement. I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the man who thinks the U.S. is out to kill him.
Col. Chavez has found common cause with terrorists such as the noted assassin Carlos the Jackal, has visited Iran reportedly to gain access to nuclear technology, and has referred to Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro as his comrades. Col. Chavez also intends to fund the violent overthrow of democratically elected governments throughout South America, beginning with neighboring Colombia.
(Another blatant lie. It is the US that has created and funded most of the world’s terrorists and continues to do so. It is currently harboring a terrorist it had previously funded and has refused to hand him over to justice. Chavez is working to support democracy in Latin America. After 500 years of oppression, people in Latin America finally have a cause for hope. The US has brought Latin America nothing but vicious military dictatorships, death squads and grinding poverty.)
As I report the news daily from around the world, I am acutely conscious of the fact that our nation is at war. Not only are there active wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but there is a war of terror being waged against civilized nations throughout the world.
(The only real war is the one that America is waging against the rest of the world and itself. The resistence in Iraq and Afghanistan is a resistance against American oppression. If the US doesn’t want to be targeted by freedom fighters it should simply leave the countries and stop oppressing them.)
We are in the midst of a war that is draining vast amounts of our treasure and is costing the blood of our armed forces. I am a person who believes in peace, but not peace at any price. However, I said before the war in Iraq began that the wisest course would be to wage war against Saddam Hussein, not the whole nation of Iraq. When faced with the threat of a comparable dictator in our own hemisphere, would it not be wiser to wage war against one person rather than finding ourselves down the road locked in a bitter struggle with a whole nation?
(It is really stupid to compare Iraq with Venezeuela. Saddam was put in power and kept in power by the US. Iraq was never a democracy. The US invaded Iraq only so that US oil companies could steal its oil. Most of the money that is being ‘spent’ for the war against the people of Iraq is being stolen by Bush’s buddies.)
The brilliant Protestant theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who lived under the hellish conditions of Nazi Germany, is reported to have said:
“If I see a madman driving a car into a group of innocent bystanders, then I can’t, as a Christian, simply wait for the catastrophe and then comfort the wounded and bury the dead. I must try to wrestle the steering wheel out of the hands of the driver.”
On the strength of this reasoning, Bonhoeffer decided to lend his support to those in Germany who had joined together in an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer was imprisoned and killed by the Nazis, but his example deserves our respect and consideration today.
There are many who disagree with my comments, and I respect their opinions. There are others who think that stopping a dictator is the appropriate course of action. In any event, the incredible publicity surrounding my remarks has focused our government’s attention on a growing problem which has been largely ignored.
Unfortunately Pat Robertson represents many Americans. Due to poor diet, poor education and culture that discourages intelligence and encourages conceit and agression, Americans have become a serious threat to the rest of the world. If America does not change it will ignite a war against itsef and it will lose.