Sunday, January 08, 2006

Hollywood stupidity >link<

The news report linked to above describes a love-fest by various Hollywood celebrities, led by Henry Belafonte, for Venezuala President, Hugo becoming the latest authoritarian dictator to attempt to destabilize a region based on zenophobia aimed at the US.

Belafonte led a delegation of Americans including the actor Danny Glover and the Princeton University scholar Cornel West that met the Venezuelan president for more than six hours late Saturday. Some in the group attended Chavez's television and radio broadcast Sunday.

Belafonte's comments are particularly disgraceful:

"No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we're here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people ... support your revolution," Belafonte told Chavez during the broadcast.

Mr. Belafonte is an ignorant fool who is so blinded by his irrational hatred of President Bush that he is giving philosophical support to a budding dictator who is going to eventually lead tens of millions of people into poverty and death. Mr. Belafonte is comparable to the ultra-naive playwright George Bernard Shaw who heaped praise on Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in the 1930s.

Belafonte suggested setting up a youth exchange for Venezuelans and Americans. He finished by shouting in Spanish: "Viva la revolucion!"

Chavez is only beginning his reign. It will take years for him to consolidate his power and impose his will on Venezuala's economy. It will take even more time for him to realize his goal of exporting revolution to other countries throughout South America. In the end, the economies of those countries will be further abused, the people will endure greater suffering, and freedom will be set back by decades. Mr. Belafonte will be long dead before the level of his stupidity and gullibility becomes clear. But we should never forget how he, and others like him, gave Chavez moral support.


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