" The More We Learn, The More We Realize Just How Little We Know, And How Much There Is Still To Be Learned " I come from the dramatic, revolutionary, albeit violent, yet 'magical' 60s. Opinionated and challenging, I write about current events, geopolitics, globalization, history, music, mainly classic rock, philosophy, pop culture, politics, religion, sociology, and anything else that defines the person which I am. 60s Child

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I belong to a special generation, the 'Baby Boomer Generation', all 70 million of us. Mine is the countercultural, culture-changing, music-influenced, society-altering, rebellious, and revolutionary generation which grew up during the dramatic and violent, while in many ways exciting and 'magical' 1960s. After all these years, I still feel totally identified with the 60s, as that decade defines me. Although I was both a participating and observing member of the 'flower generation', I am a conservative in my political and sociological principles. As much as I appreciated the freedom and radical liberalism of the 60s, I nevertheless did not support the anti-war movement. I am also Roman Catholic, and teach catechism. AS I CONSIDER THE MUSIC OF THE 60s AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE CULTURE, AND CONSIDERING THAT EVEN AFTER 40 YEARS IT RETAINS ITS POWERFUL ALLURE, I WISH TO SHARE SOME OF MY 60s FAVORITE GROUPS: ANIMALS, B.BOYS, BEATLES, B.GEES, B.S.&T, CHICAGO, CREAM, C.C.R., C.S.N.&Y, E.L.O., E.L.P., 4 SEASONS, G.F.R., J.HENDRIX, KINKS, LED ZEP, MAMAS & PAPAS, M.BLUES, R.STONES, R.ORBISON, S.& G., WHO, YARDBIRDS EMAIL: A60sCHILDMAILBOX@aol.com

Friday, September 23, 2005


" The More We Learn,
The More We Realize Just How Little We Know,
And How Much There Is Still To Be Learned "

Televangelist Pat Robertson
Calls for Assassination
of Hugo Chavez

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson called recently for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him a "terrific danger" to the United States.

Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America and a former presidential candidate, said on "The 700 Club", his TV show, it was the United States' duty to stop Chavez from making Venezuela a "launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."
Chavez has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of President Bush, accusing the United States of conspiring to topple his government and possibly backing plots to assassinate him. US officials have called the accusations ridiculous.

"You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it," Robertson said. "It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war ... and I don't think any oil shipments will stop."
Venezuela is the fifth largest oil exporter in the world and the largest supplier of oil to the United States after Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Canada, making up 15% of this country's imports of oil. The CIA estimates that US markets absorb almost 59 percent of Venezuela's total exports of crude.
Venezuela's government has demanded in the past that the United States crack down on Cuban and Venezuelan "terrorists" in Florida who they say are conspiring against Chavez.
Robertson accused the United States of failing to act when Chavez was briefly overthrown in 2002.
"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability," Robertson said.

"We don't need another $200 billion war, referring to Iraq, to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator," he continued. "It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."

A few weeks ago, President Chavez spent time in Cuba, visiting his "great friend" Fidel Castro, (Daniel Ortega from Nicaragua was also present, besides many other notable LatinAmerican leftists) to help open the new Interamerican Medical School, noting that Cuba has sent some 5,000 'doctors' to Venezuela. In exchange, Chavez has granted Cuba most favorable terms for its oil imports from Venezuela.

While in Cuba, Chavez broadcast his weekly TV and radio program which is broadcasted 'forcibly' all-over Venezuela. During the broadcast, which lasted some six hours, Fidel Castro sat next to Chavez, while he praised the Cuban 'political model'. He actually said that "Cuba is not a dictatorship,' but that instead 'Cuba is a revolutionary democracy." He continued further on to name the US as "the world's most dangerous and terrorist nation."

While we may pass judgment on Reverend Robertson, since as a 'man of Christ' he should not be fostering the killing of another human being, we must also admit that Rev. Robertson voiced what has been in the minds of thousands, if not millions, both in Venezuela and elsewhere, including of course the US.

While Rev. Robertson's remarks can only add fuel to the fire by playing into the hands of Mr. Chavez and Mr. Castro, while giving more credence to Mr. Chavez' and vice president Rangel's claims that the US is out to 'get rid of them', at worst this may cause a mild 'diplomatic unconfortable situation' for this nation, but at best it will bring the subject of Mr. Chavez and his 'Bolivarian Revolution', (which is just a cover for his leftist/Castroist infiltration into the rest of Latin America), away from the back pages of the newspapers, (as it has been up until now) and into the forefront of public debate.

It is not an easy issue to deal with, given that the US does depend on that 15% of its oil from Venezuela, and that president Bush's plate is quite full with Iraq at the moment, with Iran, Syria and North Korea waiting in the back burner. But sooner or later he has to face and deal with the growing problem that Venezuela poses, and I say better sooner than later, as later may be too late.
I will take a giant leap of bravado and say that the US eventually will pronounce that Venezuela's oil is vital to this nation's economic and political well-being, and thus must be proactive in dealing with Venezuela, damned be the UN, OAS or other feeble minded elements, many of which are anti-American no-matter what anyway.

What did I mean by that? Very simple. Take sudden control of the oil fields and export facilities by force, and then 'negotiate with Mr. Bolivarian Revolution.'

Remember, US's foreign policy, since 9/11 has changed dramatically, from being 'reactive' to being 'proactive'. Which means that the US will not wait for the enemy to strike first before responding, as was its policy in the past. The US will deliver the first punch, before some terrorist plants a nuke in N.Y., or a country like Korea can send a nuke-armed missile to Hawaii or Alaska, or a 'glorified caudillo', like Chavez has the chance of closing the spigots of our oil supplies. Like President Bush says: "We are fighting the terrorists in Iraq, so that we don't have to fight them on our homeland."
Makes all the sense in the world to me.

1960s Child


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