Who is the Real Threat?
When I heard
for the first time what Pat Roberson had said on TV, I couldn’t believe it. Robertson is
a religious leader and founder of the Christian Coalition in the
Pat Robertson’s words were “… if Hugo Chavez thinks that we (US) are going to kill him, I think we should do it. It is cheaper than to start another war that will cost us $200 billion…” (www.analitica.com, August 24, 2005). He’s not just telling his millions of viewers that Chavez is a bad person; he’s expressing his feelings to the world to kill another human being. He’s blatantly violating two of the ten commandments: “Thou shalt not kill” and “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” I always thought that to deserve the favoritism of millions of people (religiously speaking) that you need to be a person with intellectual and moral attributes. You need to follow the word of God. You need to be compassionate, caring, and looking for reconciliation and peace.
He’s also saying that war could be an alternative, but more expensive. Robertson goes on to mention that Chavez “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." Whether those are Chavez’ intentions or not, he is a human being and has the right to be tried in court. To me, Robertson sounds like a terrorist. According to the Collins Cobuild Dictionary, “terrorist” is defined as a “person who uses violence in order to achieve political aims.” It is very clear to me that Pat Roberson fits this description.
I heard the response from the White House, I just shook my head. According to Donald Rumsfeld, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, “political
assassination is against the law and is not
I’m sure there are a lot of members with values and morals who do not share Robertson’s aggressive attitude. Hopefully, they realize that one of their most important representatives is exchanging religion for politics. Robertson is putting personal ideas and interests ahead of the community that he leads; he is forgetting that he is a “man of God” and that religion and politics cannot walk together.
I have to be honest: I do not agree with Chavez’s political position. As a Venezuelan citizen, I have seen my country going downhill in the past ten years. The economy is a disaster. Eighty percent of the population is considered living in the lower class. How can this be possible? This is a naturally rich country with much petroleum to be exported. Many fingers seem to point at Hugo Chavez; his policies are directly affecting foreign investors and leaving no chance for the citizens to improve their life. But who should be in charge to change this situation? I would say by constitutional way (elections) the Venezuelan citizens. The problem is not necessarily who the president is or how the people live down there; the big problem is that this small country controls the exportation of 1.4 million barrels of oil daily to the U.S. (almost half of Venezuela’s daily production). So I ask to myself – wouldn’t it be easier to talk things out and make the best of this international arrangement?
order for an improved relationship between the governments of the
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