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In July last year  I wrote about a rather spiritually ignorant Hugo Chavez who said his cancer is not going to kill him. “It is not time to die” he had said at the time.

One year later, and many trips to and from Cuba, the same Hugo Chavez is right now battling for his life in Cuba. He is on a respirator, breathing through a hole pierced through his neck.

Not many days ago, our own country’s prime minister participated in a prayer vigil for the recovery of Hugo Chavez. It shows that even his regional counterparts are sensitive on the matter of his mortality and the inevitable end of every man born of a woman.

Below is an extract from Caribbean 360 which shows the critical nature of Mr Chavez’ illness and its political realities on the ground in Venezuela.

“We trust that, with the help of God, we are going to be victorious,” he said. “And that sooner rather than later, we will have our president here.”

The Venezuelan government did not say when Chávez will return home, or whether he will be ready to begin a new six-year term next month.

But Minister of Information Ernesto Villegas said the nation needs to be prepared for all eventualities.

“We trust that, with the love of millions, the Commander will respond quickly and return before January 10,” he said.

“But if not, the nation needs to be prepared to understand it,” he added. “It would be irresponsible to cover up how delicate the situation is now and will be in the days to come.”

Chavez undergoes tracheotomy in Cuba after fourth surgery – Caribbean360


Iran: An Apocalyptic Countdown

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been headlining the halls of international fearful relations for decades now. The USA acting as the unitary world police of global peace balancing has been unable to halt Iran in its determination to be a thorn in the flesh of the global community.

I remember when I first became cognizant of Iran as a not too friendly a nation; it was when I heard news reports that Iran wanted to remove Israel off the world map. That I thought was inhumanely heartless. Should the policy makers in Iran step into hell they probably would neutralize the heat due to the ice box cold heart they possess.

Several months ago I was breathing a sigh of relief when I saw that the Iranian presidential elections was likely to have a winner other than the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. My hope was short lived when the Iranian supreme leader intervened and declared Ahmadinejad the winner.

The Iranian president has put a face to the Iranian’s anti western ambitions and is doing a tremendous job of it unfortunately. They have continued to enrich uranium in their quest to create nuclear energy. That is tantamount to creating nuclear weapons. Of course, the Iranian’s official take on it is that the rest of the civilized world has no need to worry about Iran using its nuclear capabilities to create world war three.

They would have to forgive me as I find that hard to believe. Off the record i am certain that Mr Ahmadinejad and the Iranian dark knights would admit they can’t give up an opportunity to have nuclear energy to fuel their infrastructural services and not fulfil their dream of removing Israel. Maybe it is that the nuclear energy they speak of is to diffuse Israel.

The UN has been trying for years as well to get its inspectors on the ground in Tehran to see first hand what exactly Iran is doing where nuclear activities are concerned. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) seems likely to have clearance to visit in the up coming weeks.

Is that going to be another run in the maze visit?

The sanctions and blockade on Iran by the United Nations have been a slippery knot around Iran’s dogmatic neck. That knot has been tightened over the last few weeks as President Obama was able to collude with his American allies and extend the UN sanctions against Iran.

Now even though America used its resources to rescue some Iranians from pirates at sea, the response from Iran was that act was a mere humanitarian gesture and does not change the pending wild west showdown between the two nations. How do the Iranian populace feel about their government I wonder.

Two other recent developments concerning Iran is worth mentioning in this post. The first is that it seems as the sanctions realities begin squeezing the life blood in Iran, president Ahmadinejad has flown to my neck of the woods actually. He is currently in Latin America. His first visit was to his Venezuela’s counterpart, Hugo Chavez.

Of course the rest of the world is paying close attention to everything these two presidents do. Both have made audacious statements at the UN during past presentations to the Assembly. But what is the nature of Iran’s relationship with countries in Latin America?

The world of politics would dictate that leaders are always negotiating something. In fact, politicians only have friends so long as their interests are being advanced through such associations. Sad to say, pragmatically speaking, there is a whole lot more that the mighty USA could be tangibly doing for countries in the Caribbean and the Latin American geographic spread. Is it that Iran, following the lead of Cuba, will step in to be a Don and godfather to this often neglected part of the world?

Make no mistake about it, the Caribbean and Latin America are struggling with some basic socio-economic problems and threats that they will welcome help in solving. That’s politics I guess. However, many regional leaders would want at least to give the US the benefit of the doubt.

The second incident has to do with another January assassination of an Iranian scientist directly connected to Iran’s nuclear thrust. The USA has categorically denied involvement; however, Israel, who is usually co-blamed by Iran for such attacks, has indicated that they would not be shedding any tears over the assassination. Can you blame Israel?

It seems to me that the patient diplomatic efforts of the Obama administration is not even scratching the  force shield of Iran. It seems likely that yet another US administration is sliding into history with Iran still shaking its boxing glove at any new challengers who dare to step into the ring.

The rhetoric of Islam and Iran’s own cold statements over time definitely signal that with its acquisition of nuclear energy and capabilities it would be akin to a chess player manoeuvring his opponent who must then shamefully crown the successful intruder.

Iran is not going to retire from the world scene. The more it gets the more it wants. It is bent on proving that it can survive amidst all imposed sanctions. Iran is prepared long ago to be the world’s pariah. Iranians need to follow their Islamic brothers in Libya, Egypt and Syria and initiate their own people’s revolution. Better must come. What quiet diplomacy has been unable to achieve, some old fashion people power will shake the regime and bring full transparency of Iranian domestic policies and agenda.

If not, the world will not live to regret it.


Chavez tells his citizens that he is not going to die

President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is undoubtedly one of Latin America’s most formidable political titans.

In his twelve-year run as president he has made headlines around the world. Who can ever forget the historical boldness of Chavez when he went right in President Bush’s yard and called him the devil?
Chavez, however, has also been of help to us here in St Vincent. The much talked about “Labour Gas” is the initiative of his regime. He continues to offer LPG for many in the island. Chavez is now making global headlines but of a different sort. While in Cuba last month he was forced to have emergency surgery: the diagnosis, cancer.
Now, after just returning home, he is back in Cuba for Chemotherapy tomorrow, Sunday 17.
The Opposition in Venezuela is ranting that he should delegate his presidential duties to his VP but Chavez would have none of it.
But the point I wish to get at here is the facing of his mortality by this political militant. The US media has already surfaced reports that he has colon cancer. Mr Chavez has only said a cancerous tumour was removed from his “pelvic region”.
I am certain Hugo does not want to appear weak and unable to lead his revolutionary efforts in the Bolivian republic; however, he is learning that mortal man is no match for circumstance. In an unprecedented move he actually handed some of his presidential roles to his finance minister and VP. His must be a condition that has the potential for being life threatening. While in Cuba his doctors advised him to stay there for up to the reported 180 days, but Chavez suddenly came home to appease any growing factions of rebellion about his ineligibility to preside over the country.
The fact that he is, once again, in Cuba says the seriousness of his ailment.
In his usual attempts at being fully in charge of the situation, President Chavez last words at the airport was “it’s not time to die, it’s time to live.”
I am reminded of another Caribbean political leader, Mr David Thompson, former PM of Barbados. He, too, was diagnosed with cancer and had to seek medical treatment abroad. However, Mr Thompson never once indicated that he knew for a fact he was going to live. Yes, he admitted he would fight with all his might, but he also told the Barbados people that his “fate is in the hands of the Lord.”
David Thompson died of pancreatic cancer not too long after that radio address from a New York hospital bed.
Why does Mr Chavez on the other hand want to give the impression that his life is in his hands? He believes in his military training so much that he cannot accept there are situations where he cannot strategize his way out. He also categorically told his citizens that he will come back better than he is leaving.
I assume that if Mr Chavez is to be in therapy for the rest of this year then Venezuela will be nearing the time of a new leader selection. There is something about pride and illness that just doesn’t sync.
Have Vincentians lit their last “Labour Gas” bottle?
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