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Hugo Chavez, The Mouse That Squeaks Nonsense

Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela who cannot keep a tight lid on his mouth, roared into the limelight with another of his absurd statements. In his weekly TV program to the nation, Chavez told the audience that Chancellor Merkel of Germany, “is from the German right, the same that supported Hitler, that supported fascism, that’s the Chancellor of Germany today. Ms. Chancellor, you can go to…..” He hesitated a moment and then added, “Because you’re a lady, I won’t say any more.” His outburst came after Merkel told the German news agency, DPA, that “President Chavez does not speak for Latin America. every country has its own voice with which to pursue its own interests.” She is preparing to go to Peru on Friday for the summit meeting between European and Latin American leaders.

Chavez apaprently can’t keep his mouth shut because he promised to confront Chancellor Merkel at the meeting and provoke her into telling him to say “why don’t you shut up” which was told him several months ago by King Juan Carlos at a Latin American meeting attended by the Spanish govenment.

Hugo Chavez is a tragic figure because he has the opportunity to work for peace within Latin America but has proceeded on a path of verbal violence which seeks to provoke rather than seeks to resolve issues. He is a poseur who pretends to support the working class but all he does is support his quest for unlimited power.

Chancellor Merekel To Seek Missile Shield Plan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to offer a plan that entails creating a missile shield for Europe in order to offer protection against an attack by some unknown enemy. Her plan seeks protection against a nuclear attack and also calls for German armed forces to be free to engage in more extended military operations. Merkel wants to copy American ideas by establishing a National Security Coucil that would be located in the office of the Chancellor and obviously report to that office. This would result in greater power flowing into the office of the Chancellor than has previously been the norm. A Merkel policy paper that was examined by reporters for Der Spiegel argues that international terrorism is the greatest danger to Germany and its armed forces should be ready to handle internal problems created by terrorism erupting within its own borders.

Opposition parties regard Merkel’s ideas as seeking to direct power into the office of the chancellery and thus dilute power of parliament in areas of military concern. There is also fear the new plan would result in more extended and extensive military operations on the part of the German armed forces.

Gudo Westerwelle, leadr of the Free Democratic Paty said: “We are very alarmed bbecause we fear that the axis of our foreign policy is being shifted massively. What could be most dangerous is if this is perparing the way for regular deployment of the German military on domestic soil.”

For some reason, Chancellor Merkel actually believes Bush ideas on foreign policy are applicable to other parts of the world.

Turkish Prime Minister Angers Europeans

Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan told a Cologne gathering of 20,000 people of Turkish background they should not assimilate into Germany but should retain their Turkish identify at all costs. He said: “Assimilation is a curse against humanity. I may be thinking differently from Merkel on this issue but I clearly say that nobody can dictate to the Turkish community to assimilate. We are ready to do whatever is necesary for their integration,” German Chancellor Merkel was furious at his remarks and noted “we will have to continue debating our understanding of integration issues with the Turkish Prime Minister.” His comments also aroused strong opposition from Kenan Kolat, a leader of the Turkish community in Germany, who argued Erdogan wants German Turks to remain loyal to their native land while supposedly being able to lobby for Turkey’s entry into the European Union.

The cries for opposing Turkey’s entry into the EU became louder as a result of the Turkish prime minister’s speech. German Social Union leader, Erwin Huber, angrily responded: “Erdogan has engaged in nationalist propaganda in German territory. This is an anti-European stance” and raises questions as to whether the EU wants such a nation.

Prime Minister Erdogan has seriously damaged his nation’s application for membership in the European Union by this ill advised tirade against Turkish assimilation into German society. No one is demanding Turkish Germans cease having an identify with their country of origin. Chancellor Merkel is merely urging becoming part of German society and all that entails such as language and understanding cultural and political issues. It is somewhat ironic that a Turkish prime minister is making political speeches in another country given that he previously claimed the United States and other nations had no right to make comments about the Armenian Genocide. On one hand, the rest of the world is to remain silent about an issue that happened in Turkey a hundred years ago, but he has the right to campaign in Germany and urge its citizens to behave in certain ways.