Friday, June 27, 2008

Hugo Chávez's Jewish Problem

Mr. Schoenfeld (who wrote "The Home-Front Battle Heats Up") is the senior editor of Commentary. So I went to look at Commentary.

Its website is described in Google as General, yet Jewish. Highly variegated, with a unifying perspective. On its front page I found this picture. A variation of the old slogan Yanqi go home, it includes the hammer-and-sickle, and the age-old anti-semitic slur. Always the Jews.

... to dismiss Chávez as a lunatic is to wish away his proven political skill. He is, without question, a powerful figure—and one who, thanks to a quirk of geography, is also in possession of dangerously large amounts of oil.

Heavy crude, high in sulfur, but an awful lot of it. 100 billion barrels, perhaps 80 billion; a lot of oil.

Chávez has made common cause with FARC, a narco-terrorist group ... Libya ... Syria, Hizballah, and Hizballah’s patron Iran. Virtually alone among world leaders, Chávez is an impassioned defender of Tehran’s right to pursue nuclear technology and has even hinted he would be willing to finance it.

Quite a cast of characters, his allies.

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