Venezuela allied with Al Qaeda?

Via superb Venezuela blog DE comes this, a response by Chavez General Staff member Rear Admiral Luis Cabrera to a question about a possible Al Qaeda threat against Venezuela’s oil facilities:

“It should be seen how truthful that information is….it sounds illogical that Al Qaeda, that is against the North American imperialism would go against a State that is precisely fighting that hegemony, although differently.”

He went on to define “differently” as “with the Constitution, with legality, with morality and with the truth” as opposed to terrorism. Charming.

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Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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8 Responses to Venezuela allied with Al Qaeda?

  1. Younghusband says:

    On a related note, the last edition of _The Economist_ had an interesting article on the “Muslim/Socialist alliance”:http://www.economist.com/world/international/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8675234.

  2. ckrisz says:

    Nothing more than Socialists and leftists doing their bit to stick up for a religious minority which the Right has attacked. See the Dreyfus affair and the long identification of Jews with the Left (including the radically harmful conflation of Jews and Bolshevism).

    Obviously there is a conflict between Islamism and leftism, but most leftists do not believe the majority of Muslims in Western societies are secret Islamists out to subsume Western civilization, a concept which is becoming received wisdom among certain xenophobic elements on the Right, especially in Europe.

  3. Joe says:

    Maybe al Qaeda can learn something from Venezuela: it’s better to be a blowhard then to blow things up.

  4. Curzon says:

    ckrisz: Also keep in mind the modern Jewish labor-socialist intellectual tradition, which is also an important factor.

    Joe: Maybe!

  5. snow says:

    “Nothing more than Socialists and leftists doing their bit to stick up for a religious minority which the Right has attacked.”

    Most conservatives recognize that the West is being attacked by a small minority of Muslim nuts (though sympathy for those nuts in the Muslim community is uncomfortably high in some places). It may be a good thing that reasonable leftists are trying to prevent extreme rightists from going overboard in a backlash, but that certainly hasn’t stopped some leftists from going overboard the opposite way and to support Muslim terrorist groups. Preventing a backlash against innocents is one thing, supporting the enemy is another.

  6. A.E. says:

    Supposedly there’s a bizarre Hezbollah offshoot operating in Latin America. There’s no link whatsoever to the Middle East. It’s just a mix of old leftist fighters and left-leaning students who are attempting to appropriate the Hezbollah “brand name” for themselves. The Institute for Counter-Terrorism has a report on it. It’s a socialist/Islamist fusion—or at least a pathetic attempt at it considering the participants’ ignorance of Islamic practice.

  7. A.E. says:

    There’s actually a bizarre Hezbollah offshoot operating in Latin America. No actual Hezbollah members involved–it’s a group of leftists who are trying to appropriate the Hezbollah “brand name.” The Institute for Counter-Terrorism has a report on it.

  8. Lexington Green says:

    This guy is merely stating the obvious. Venezuela’s government has decided to be the enemy of the USA, and so has Al Qaeda. So they are objectively allies.

    Ckrisz says: “Nothing more than Socialists and leftists doing their bit to stick up for a religious minority which the Right has attacked.”

    No. This guy in Venezuela did not talk about Muslims as a religious minority, he specifically said that Al Qaeda is not going to attack his country because they are both fighting the USA. Socialists and Leftists are not sticking up for a religious minority when they specifically say that a terrorist organization is doing the same thing they are doing.