[Marxism] Bloomberg: Chavex urges Gadhafi continue resisting

Fred Feldman ffeldman at verizon.net
Tue Sep 6 13:22:20 MDT 2011


 

Chavez Urges Qaddafi to Continue 'Resisting'

By Charlie Devereux - Sep 5, 2011 1:20 PM PT

 

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez urged Muammar Qaddafi to resist a rebel
siege in Libya, saying that his ally has no plans to leave the embattled
North African nation.

 

"Nobody knows where Qaddafi is," Chavez said today in a phone interview
broadcast on state television. "I'm sure that he's very far from thinking
about leaving Libya. He'll resist with what power he has left."

 

A core group of soldiers and officials loyal to Qaddafi are holed up in the
town of Bani Walid, said the rebel fighters besieging the town today.
Negotiations have reached an impasse between the rebels and tribesmen for
the peaceful handover of Sabha, Jaffra and Sirte, Qaddafi's hometown. The
rebel council says it's focusing on those towns because Qaddafi may be
hiding in one of them.

 

Chavez, who last month pledged support to Qaddafi and called the armed
conflict in Libya the result of "imperial insanity," said he doesn't have
information on the leader's whereabouts. He said that by resisting, Qaddafi
can lay the groundwork for a lasting peace in Libya.

 

When asked if he would offer Qaddafi asylum, Chavez recalled a conversation
he had with Cuba's Fidel Castro about the capture of Saddam Hussein after
Iraq was invaded. Chavez said Fidel told him that in such situations "what
we have to do is win or die."

 

Chavez, who has compared Qaddafi to Simon Bolivar and gave him a replica of
the Latin American liberator's sword when he visited Venezuela in 2009, read
out a letter sent to him by Qaddafi on Aug. 1 in which he asked the
Venezuelan leader for moral support in his fight against rebels and the
Western alliance. Chavez's offer in March to mediate in the Libyan crisis
was rejected by the Libyan rebels.

 

"We are advocating that the life of the Libyan people and Qaddafi be
respected and that this madness is stopped," Chavez said today.

 

To contact the reporter responsible for this story: Charlie Devereux at
cdevereux3 at bloomberg.net. 

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Chavez Urges Qaddafi to Continue 'Resisting'

By Charlie Devereux - Sep 5, 2011 1:20 PM PT

 

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez urged Muammar Qaddafi to resist a rebel
siege in Libya, saying that his ally has no plans to leave the embattled
North African nation.

 

"Nobody knows where Qaddafi is," Chavez said today in a phone interview
broadcast on state television. "I'm sure that he's very far from thinking
about leaving Libya. He'll resist with what power he has left."

 

A core group of soldiers and officials loyal to Qaddafi are holed up in the
town of Bani Walid, said the rebel fighters besieging the town today.
Negotiations have reached an impasse between the rebels and tribesmen for
the peaceful handover of Sabha, Jaffra and Sirte, Qaddafi's hometown. The
rebel council says it's focusing on those towns because Qaddafi may be
hiding in one of them.

 

Chavez, who last month pledged support to Qaddafi and called the armed
conflict in Libya the result of "imperial insanity," said he doesn't have
information on the leader's whereabouts. He said that by resisting, Qaddafi
can lay the groundwork for a lasting peace in Libya.

 

When asked if he would offer Qaddafi asylum, Chavez recalled a conversation
he had with Cuba's Fidel Castro about the capture of Saddam Hussein after
Iraq was invaded. Chavez said Fidel told him that in such situations "what
we have to do is win or die."

 

Chavez, who has compared Qaddafi to Simon Bolivar and gave him a replica of
the Latin American liberator's sword when he visited Venezuela in 2009, read
out a letter sent to him by Qaddafi on Aug. 1 in which he asked the
Venezuelan leader for moral support in his fight against rebels and the
Western alliance. Chavez's offer in March to mediate in the Libyan crisis
was rejected by the Libyan rebels.

 

"We are advocating that the life of the Libyan people and Qaddafi be
respected and that this madness is stopped," Chavez said today.

 

To contact the reporter responsible for this story: Charlie Devereux at
cdevereux3 at bloomberg.net.

 

 

 




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