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Chavez: U.S. distorting situation in Libya 'to justify an invasion'

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez claims U.S. criticism of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has a clear aim: military invasion.

“Let’s not get carried away by the drums of war, because the United States, I am sure that they are exaggerating and distorting things to justify an invasion,” Chavez said Monday, according to Venezuelan state media.

At a Monday meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States was exploring “all possible options,” and that “nothing is off the table so long as the Libyan government continues to threaten and kill Libyan citizens.”

Asked at a news conference Monday whether the United States planned an imminent military response in Libya, Clinton said, “No.”

Speaking Monday in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, Chavez proposed sending an international committee to Libya to mediate and help develop a peaceful solution to unrest in the North African country.

“Instead of sending Marines and tanks and planes, why don’t we send a goodwill commission to try to help so that they do not continue killing in Libya? They are our brothers,” he said in a speech televised on the government-run network.

Chavez and Gadhafi have a close relationship, having bonded partly over shared opposition to U.S. global influence.

At a lavish Tripoli celebration commemorating 40 years of Gadhafi’s leadership in 2009, the two leaders sat side by side during a two-hour military parade. That same year, a new football stadium in Benghazi, Libya, was named after the Venezuelan leader.

As rumors swirled about Gadhafi and his whereabouts last week, some suggested that he may be en route to Venezuela. Those reports proved to be false; the Libyan leader later spoke publicly in Tripoli.

But the close ties between the two leaders remain strong. On Monday, Chavez said Gadhafi “has been my friend and our friend for a long time” in remarks broadcast on Venezuelan state television.

“We must be cautious. We know what our policy is: We do not support invasions or massacres or anything, no matter who does it. But there is no doubt that, regarding Libya, a campaign of lies is being woven — the same that has been woven about Venezuela for a long time,” he said.

The U.N. Security Council over the weekend voted for tough restrictions and possible war crimes charges against the Libyan regime.

The Security Council measures — which include an arms embargo, an asset freeze and travel bans for Gadhafi and members of his family and associates — also referred the situation unfolding in Libya to the International Criminal Court.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the U.S. government was considering the possibility of imposing a no-fly zone over Libya.

“Col. Gadhafi and those around him must be held accountable for these acts, which violate international legal obligations and common decency. Through their actions, they have lost the legitimacy to govern,” Clinton said Monday.

“And the people of Libya have made themselves clear: It is time for Gadhafi to go, now, without further violence or delay.”


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2 Responses to " Chavez: U.S. distorting situation in Libya 'to justify an invasion' "

  1. The Uprising says:

    President Chavez is right. The US and its jewish little darlings now went too far. It’s time for world-wide uprising against american terrorism and the Evil Empire itself.
    Here’s an article what the jewSA is doing with the Arab world:

    Farrakhan: ‘Satanic Jews’ Pushing US Into War
    Wednesday, 02 Mar 2011 08:38 PM Article Font Size

    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said Jews and Zionists are “trying to push the US into war” and are a cover for Satan, at the group’s annual meeting near Chicago on Tuesday.

    “President Obama,” Farrakhan said, “if you allow the Zionists to push you, to mount a military offensive against Gaddafi and you go in and kill him and his sons as you did with Saddam Hussein and his sons, I’m warning you this is a Libyan problem, let the Libyans solve their problem among themselves.” Farrakhan called Muammar Gaddafi “my brother” and “my friend.”

    He also accused American Zionists of attempting to push Israel into war with Iran, adding that “Zionists dominate the government of the United States of America and her banking system.”

    One panel at the conference, titled “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,” claimed that Jews were disproportionately involved in the slave trade and accused them of controlling the media.

    “Some of you think that I’m just somebody who’s got something out for the Jewish people,” Farrakhan said. “You’re stupid. Do you think I would waste my time if I did not think it was important for you to know Satan? My job is to pull the cover off of the Great Satan so that he will never deceive you and the people of the world again.”
    Don’t hold your breath; the jewish hatred found him right away. The hate-monger communist terror-group, the ADL and its master-in-chief Foxman were out there to smearing Farrakhan immediately.

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  2. Dude 100 SA says:

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is correct about his statement. There is a 3rd force behind all these “revolutions” I can not say exactly whom it is. I shall not be surprised if it is the usa. But this much I must say. I dont think the us shall invade Libya with military force. Why I say this is that if you look at the asa history they only attack defenseless country’s. The shall rather make tings difficult for Libya in such a way that they will have no choice but to surrender its oil resources. Look at what the usa did for South Africa it gave it away to a known terrorist knowing things shall fall apart in a mater of time, same as with Rodishia in 1980. Now mugabe owns zimbabbe its a matter of time before the usa shall take things over here as well. We all know it.

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