Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro both speak positively of Obama, which simply sends shivers down my spine. Are they using praise as a double sided weapon? Are they trying to legitimize themselves by supporting the US president? I don’t believe Obama is in the same league with them; is this a trick?
Both Chávez and Fidel radically alter their enemies’ images, for an imaginary enemy is easier to attack than a real one. By making their enemies ridiculous or vile, they embarrass any who would defend them. Atheists attack the Flying Spaghetti Monster instead of God, for instance. Therefore, Bush becomes the devil for Chavez, and for Fidel, Obama’s enemies are “the racist right” who “hate Obama for being an African American”.
But why do they defend him at all? Look at the way they seek to be friends with him. Are they are secretly hoping he will reject their friendship, to force the US into a more familiar place as their great enemy? I will reject the idea that Obama really is their friend, and a socialist, until I hear him say it himself. Zelaya did, when he called Capitalism “the most repugnant concept of justice harbored by human beings”. Is it a clear endorsement of socialism they seek from Obama?
Obama remains silent to Fidel and Chávez’s overtures, just as he is now silent about Honduras. Very wise, Obama, remain silent, your words are too powerful. Calladito te ves más bonito. Just look at the scandal your rash words caused with the Cambridge police. Look at the harm you did when you condemned an apparent coup even before knowing the facts. But your silence also astonishes and frightens me. Do you know more than you reveal?
Where is my compass? I hardly know the world, where are we going?
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