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Chavez gave $1m to al-Qaeda

Hugo Chavez, leftist president of oil-rich Venezuela, No Logo anti-globalist posterboy and target of an unsuccessful (and some say US-organised) coup last year, gave US$1M to al-Qaeda shortly after September 11. Chavez is also trying to turn his country into another Cuban-style dictatorship, suspending elections and ordering troops to fire on pro-democracy protestors. Or so says a "high-ranked military defector". The truth or a convenient pretext for toppling an irksome left-wing populist regime? (Didn't they say similar things about Allende?)

There are 8 comments on "Chavez gave $1m to al-Qaeda":

Posted by: Fake Ben Thu Jan 9 22:48:55 2003

I don't think WorldNetDaily - and this story in particular - is a credible source of information. The story itself is sourced from the website of a bunch of anti-Chavez generals - not exactly an unbiased source of information. A quick check on Google News reveals all the stories on this are from the same source. None of the major agencies appears interested in picking it up.

And looking at the WorldNetDaily front page, it becomes obvious they're a conservative spinmill; they run Trent Lott apologia and that horrible racist Ann Coulter. Conclusion: at this stage, it's all a bit too Kuwaiti-incubator-babies to be believable.

Posted by: alex http:// Fri Jan 10 01:20:42 2003

for the uninitiated, what does 'kuwaiti-incubator-babies' mean?

Posted by: mitch http:// Fri Jan 10 02:09:53 2003

Just ask Google:

The folk version of the story is: During the 1990 debate over war against Iraq, the US Congress was influenced by the testimony of a 15yo Kuwaiti girl, who said she had seen dozens of babies ripped from their incubators by Iraqi soldiers. After the war, it turned out that she was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador, incognito, that the incident was a fabrication, and that a Washington PR firm called Hill & Knowlton played a role in making the whole event happen. It's a classical example of 'manufacturing consent'.

Posted by: mitch http:// Fri Jan 10 02:22:05 2003

And for once the folk version seems to be accurate. I've found precisely one attempt to defend the accuracy of the testimony:

And they say nothing about whether Princess Nayirah actually saw these things.

Posted by: mitch http:// Fri Jan 10 02:40:06 2003

As for Venezuela, you can find all sorts of remarkable allegations at I balked at the Al Qaeda story, but maybe it's true. Here's a story saying Chavez put the brother of Carlos the Jackal in charge of an energy-and-mines portfolio:

Carlos and Osama may actually have ties. They both lived in Sudan in the early 1990s; and here a retired Indian intelligence officer claims that Osama modelled his International Islamic Front on Carlos's Marxist "united front":

Posted by: Ben Fri Jan 10 03:38:26 2003

well seeing as how there are strong documented ties between Osama bin Laden and George W Bush (as well as Bush Snr), Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld (all of whom are major shareholders of the Carlyle Group), what of it?

Posted by: mitch http:// Fri Jan 10 06:29:42 2003

It gets worse! The actor who played the Carlos-like character in "The World Is Not Enough" is called ... Robert Carlyle. And the middleman between Arbusto and Salem Bin Laden was a James B with a four-letter surname.

"Bath. James Bath." (And it's the Baath Party that runs Iraq, isn't it?)

Posted by: alex http:// Fri Jan 10 19:01:32 2003

Shit! i'd run and hide in a bunker if i didn't know the B2s were about to drop a bunch of B61/11s on it.

B61/11? That's the illegal 'bunker busting' nuke the media won't tell us about.

B666 (^_^)

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