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Thursday, September 21, 2006 

Hugo Chavez "Devil" Speech

It seems that asked Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has made the US news for his speech at the 61st United Nations General Assembly. So after Chávez delivered his speech there has been a growing number of stories on the news that portrays President Chávez as a bitter man with "an axe to grind" with nothing relevant to say, but just to call Dudya "the devil" who owns the world.

But we currently live in a world where reporters can cull and shape their stories and story which makes it is easy to hypnotize the average person, such as those who's primary source is Fox News, a person cannot help but think Chávez is a loon who needs to be locked up in some 1960 mental asylum.
It is easy to look at Hugo Chavez and make him a character. To hear his comments at the U.N. today comparing President Bush to the devil, and make him a nut. It is easy, because it is true.

He is a character. And he is a nut. But here's what makes this nut dangerous....
Fox news isn't the only one, when it comes to the US media, they go out of their way to discredit President Chávez. Even this morning Diane Sawyer, of ABC's Good Morning America, sheepishly asked what has the US ever done to Venezuela to warrant this type of response from Chávez. But it is not just the US media, in Canada, the World News section of the Winnipeg Sun columnist Kathleen Harris titled her article "Chavez UN rant draws snickers." Harris writes:
Chavez drew snickers by suggesting the U.S. president left the stench of sulphur lingering in the room after he addressed the United Nations on Tuesday. He even suggested Bush needs to see a psychiatrist and urged people to rise up against "American domination."
Did you ever wonder why most people in this country think generally the same about Chávez or even Cuban President Fidel Castro. Those who control the media hope that people will buy into these types of stories because the spin is mixed right in with legitimate stories.

Words are carefully chosen and repeated throughout the story to enhance a person's emotional impact to sway public opinion. This also is not the first time the public has been manipulated. Manipulating public opinion can be traced back to works of Edward Bernays, the Father of Public Relations Spin who was hired to advertise and sell the First World War to the American as the war that would "Make the World Safe for Democracy." The way he achieved this was by taking the ideas from his uncle, Sigmund Freud, and used them in to sway public opinion through mass psychology and schemes of corporate and political persuasion. According to Noam Chomsky, Bernays believed that "engineering of consent" was the "essence of the democratic process."

But what about now? It should be noted that the media has blacked out all of the actual events that occurred in Venezuela that Chávez accusses the Bush Junta has participated in, it is not surprising the media once again has put a negative spin to Chávez's speech because it falls in line with the reactions from the Bush administration.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was quoted saying that Chávez's speech was "not becoming for a head of state."
"I am not going to dignify a comment by the Venezuelan president to the president of the United States,"
US Ambassador John Bolton called his speech a "comic-strip approach" to international affairs."

So what did occur at the UN? Chávez begins his speech by citing from well known linguist Noam Chomsky's book Hegemony or Survival. Hold the book for public view, Chávez told the Assembly that
to understand what's happened in the world in the 20th Century, what's currently happening, and the greatest threat on this planet; the hegemonic pretension of the North American imperialism endangers the human race's survival.

We continue warning about this danger and calling on the very same U.S. people and the world to stop this threat, which resembles the Sword of Damocles over our heads.
Chávez continues by urging the "brothers and sisters in the United States" to read Chomsky's book because the threat is here in the US.
The devil is right at home. The devil -- the devil, himself, is right in the house.

And the devil came here yesterday.

..

What type of democracy do you impose with marines and bombs?

The president of the United States, yesterday, said to us, right here, in this room, and I'm quoting, "Anywhere you look, you hear extremists telling you can escape from poverty and recover your dignity through violence, terror and martyrdom."

Wherever he looks, he sees extremists. And you, my brother -- he looks at your color, and he says, oh, there's an extremist. Evo Morales, the worthy president of Bolivia, looks like an extremist to him.
Chávez strongly criticized Bush's for trying to impose an elitist model of democracy on the world. Chávez also talked about how the US is able to get away with its ambitions are proof that the UN system has "collapsed" and is "worthless," according to Chávez, and is in need of being "re-founded."

More importantly, Chávez talks about the birth of amovement, "a movement of the south."

Here is a partial transcript of President Hugo Chavez Delivers Remarks at the U.N. General Assembly.

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