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Venezuela to offer Asylum to American war deserters

Venezuela To Offer Asylum For American Military Deserters
Fleeing Illegal Wars  link to www.libertyforum.org
[This is an important and super-duper development (but since
the source of this information is not 'respectable', the
Respectable Left can stop reading now -- if they haven't
already passed on this. It's been said of e.g. the french
Left that they're far more concerned about being seen for
fools than actually not doing the right thing(!) Same
decadent logic DEFINITELY applies to the Left in the anglo

A number of times I myself have pointed out that many U.S.
liberals and Leftists have a false picture of the political
situation in Canada -- and are continuing to spread this
unwitting disinformation, to the potential harm of anyone
acting on it. In fact, Canada is very much a class-polarized
electoral police state on the model of the U.S. -- i.e. a
dictatorship in some senses and not in others, the effects
depending on class (race IS class, BTW); one of the major
differences between the two countries being the historical
lack of a large e.g. black population/underclass to bring
this structural ugliness out in the open. This convenient
fact has allowed the extremely racist, elitist canadian
regime to 'play' internationally as some sort of north
american version of a wonderful scandinavian country, simply
because they've had few opportunities to show their true
face -- and plenty of resources to project a false one in
the meantime. But just ask the indians what the canadian
state and its supporters are _really_ like. However, this
historical situation has receded steadily into the past; and
the ongoing basic truth of the situation is coming more to
the fore nowadays as capitalism decays more and more
obviously into a chronic crisis situation, and the impatient
forces of reaction shoulder-aside the more historically
liberal face of north american capitalism.

So, a number of times I myself have cautioned any potential
U.S. military deserters, etc. to NOT come to Canada (or go
to México either, which is almost as completely open to U.S.
power-projection) because -- legal technicalities aside --
the canadian state is totally open to the U.S. regime and
its demands, and U.S. deserters WILL be in danger here.
During the Vietnam era, the canadian Trudeau regime took a
nationalist approach to U.S. relations -- of which taking in
U.S. deserters was a surface expression -- and the liberal
bourgeoisie in Canada has been paying for this transgression
against the totalitarian will of the U.S. oligarchs ever
since. THIS war, today, the canuck regime is behaving like
the banana pudding republic it has actually always been.
Business as usual: über alles.

And (regards below commentary) I think U.S. state terrorists
sneaking into Venezuela thru this program is the least of
the bolivarians' concerns. They have a very long border with
Colombia, for instance. There is where the true physical
threat to Venezuela lies most immediately.

And so this is a very great and important move by the
bolivarian government, even if it's true only in part. We
have to all work to *limit the reach* of this north american
police state: and its reach should, frankly, end right at
the U.S.-Mexican border -- for starters. Canada, however is
a non-starter: it's locked-into the Empire for the interim.
You can bank on that.

Don't come here.
Go South, young man.

- -- grok.]

> From Jo -
> I'm posting this tentatively from the Forum since it was
> posted there, but am still looking for another source to
> verify the story. I hope Venezuela is careful about this,
> because Bush could sneak in some nasty characters (like
> another Posada Carriles) into the country on the pretext
> of asking for "asylum". Regardless, am proud of my little
> Venezuela, for her heart is as big as this entire
> hemisphere! VIVA CHAVEZ!!!!!!!!
> Venezuela To Offer Asylum For American Military Deserters
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>  link to www.libertyforum.org
> Venezuela To Offer Asylum For American Military Deserters
> Fleeing Illegal Wars
> Source: www.whatdoesitmean.com
> Published: July 7, 2006
> July 7, 2006
> Venezuela To Offer Asylum For American Military Deserters
> Fleeing Illegal Wars
> By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Russian
> Subscribers
> Kremlin sources are reporting today that Venezuela's
> Foreign Minister, Ali Rodriguez, has finished preparing a
> report for President Chavez that will be released to the
> world upon the Venezuelan Presidents upcoming visit to
> Russia and which will announce that their South American
> nation will become the first to offer sanctuary and asylum
> to American Military Soldiers fleeing the United States
> Internationally condemned and illegal war in Iraq.
> Foreign Minister Rodriguez notes in this report that
> refugee status will also be granted to US Military
> Soldiers families and children, and as we can read as
> quoted in their main text of this document, and which
> says:
> "The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela believes that the
> rights of refugees are very important for the improvement
> of human rights conditions within a country’s regional
> neighbors and the world in general. Following the war in
> our neighboring Colombia with the Revolutionary Armed
> Forces of Colombia (FARC) we have made significant effort
> to accommodate refugees who have migrated into our
> borders.
> We have made tremendous efforts to ensure that the
> refugees have all the necessary protection; legal
> assistance and asylum, which seek to ensure that they are
> kept out of harm’s way. International law as well as
> our own constitution clearly recognizes the right to
> asylum for anyone facing human rights violations. We
> realize that not a single person should be forced to
> return to a country consumed with the violence of war and
> that soldiers of any nation ordered to fight in an illegal
> war should likewise be given protection.
> Like every member of the United Nations who has signed and
> ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child , The
> Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela takes pride in ensuring
> that extraordinary precaution to protect the rights of all
> minors that come into the nation are very adequate. These
> minors may be unaccompanied because they had been orphaned
> or separated from their parents by the war."
> This extraordinary action by Venezuela mirrors their
> actions of last century when they offered secret refuge,
> and asylum, to German Soldiers, and their families,
> fleeing the Nazi Empire, and became one of the few South
> American nations to break diplomatic relations with
> Germany, Japan and Italy following the Japanese Empires
> attack upon the American Naval Forces in December, 1941.
> Venezuela’s actions in providing protection for
> American Soldiers fleeing their country also mirrors those
> actions of Canada, and which during the American war in
> Vietnam during the 1960’s and 1970’s provided
> refuge and asylum to tens of thousands of young Americans
> fleeing service in that war, but which during this war has
> all but closed their borders to those fleeing the horrors
> of war.
> These reports further mention that ‘cracks’ are
> beginning to appear among the United States Army’s
> Officer Corp as charges have been brought against one of
> them for refusing his illegal orders, and as we can read
> as reported by the Reuters News Service in their article
> titled "Army charges officer for refusing to fight in
> Iraq", and which says:
> "The U.S. Army filed three charges on Wednesday against an
> officer who refused to fight in Iraq due to objections
> over the legality of the war. First Lt. Ehren Watada, who
> supporters say is the first commissioned U.S. officer to
> publicly refuse to serve in Iraq and face a military
> court, remained at Fort Lewis base in Washington state
> when his unit shipped out to Iraq on June 22. Watada
> called the war and U.S. occupation of Iraq "illegal" and
> said participation would make him a party to war crimes.
> In a statement, the Army said it had charged Watada, 28,
> with missing movement, contempt toward officials and
> conduct unbecoming an officer."
> Not being fully explained to the American people by their
> propaganda media organs is that their recent Supreme Court
> decision against their Top Military Leaders provides yet
> another ‘link in the chain’ to the eventual War
> Crimes Trials to which many of them will be brought
> before, and as more fully explained by the Los Angeles
> Times News Service in their article titled "Supreme
> Court's decision in Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld could expose
> officials to prosecution", and which says:
> "THE SUPREME Court on Thursday dealt the Bush
> administration a stinging rebuke, declaring in Hamdan vs.
> Rumsfeld that military commissions for trying terrorist
> suspects violate both U.S. military law and the Geneva
> Convention. But the real blockbuster in the Hamdan
> decision is the court's holding that Common Article 3 of
> the Geneva Convention applies to the conflict with Al
> Qaeda â€" a holding that makes high-ranking Bush
> administration officials potentially subject to
> prosecution under the federal War Crimes Act.
> The provisions of the Geneva Convention were intended to
> protect noncombatants â€" including prisoners â€" in
> times of armed conflict. But as the administration has
> repeatedly noted, most of these protections apply only to
> conflicts between states. Because Al Qaeda is not a state,
> the administration argued that the Geneva Convention
> didn't apply to the war on terror. These assertions gave
> the administration's arguments about the legal framework
> for fighting terrorism a through-the-looking-glass
> quality. On the one hand, the administration argued that
> the struggle against terrorism was a war, subject only to
> the law of war, not U.S. criminal or constitutional law.
> On the other hand, the administration said the Geneva
> Convention didn't apply to the war with Al Qaeda, which
> put the war on terror in an anything-goes legal limbo."
> Not just to the present US Military Leaders are war crimes
> being put against, but also to the present American
> Presidents father, and who was once an American President
> himself, and as we can read as reported by the Uruknet
> News Service in their article titled "Criminal Charges
> Filed Against George H.W. Bush (Sr.) in Iceland", and
> which says:
> "A group of ten Icelandic citizens filed yesterday at the
> Office of the State's Police Chief criminal charges
> against George H.W. Bush, former U.S. President, who is
> expected in Iceland this evening at the invitation of
> Icelands's President Olafur R. Grimsson.
> The group accuses former President Bush for participation
> in war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes against the
> peace, and crimes against internationally protected
> persons. It demands that former President Bush be detained
> by the Icelandic authorities and investigation on these
> charges. Should the investigation conclude that legal
> proceedings against him are warranted, the group requests
> that he be tried before an Icelandic court or extradited
> to an international criminal tribunal which possesses the
> requisite jurisdiction to deal with his case. Icelandic
> courts are, under international law, qualified to try
> individuals suspected of having committed international
> crimes.
> George H.W. Bush is charged of initiating a war of
> aggression against Panama in 1989, in breach of
> international law and the UN Charter, constituting a crime
> against the peace, and of ordering the kidnapping of
> Panama's President Noriega in violation of the Convention
> on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against
> Internationally Protected Persons. George H.W. Bush is
> furthermore charged for his command responsibility for the
> multiple war crimes committed by US forces in the Gulf War
> in 1991, including the policy of deliberately bombing
> civilian targets and the massacre of soldiers hors combat.
> His command responsibility for these crimes is equivalent
> to those of other heads of states who have been charged,
> indicted and convicted for international crimes, including
> torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
> George H.W. Bush is also charged for inducing an uprising
> of Kurds and Shi'ites in Iraq during the Gulf War and then
> ordering US forces to withhold aid from those who risked
> the uprising, thus leaving unarmed uprising masses
> unprotected against Saddam Hussein's brutal forces."
> Russian Social Scientists have long noted the striking
> similarities between the average citizens of the former
> Nazi German Empire and those of the present American
> Empire, with the most important being their inability to
> see their Military Leaders coming to eventual trial for
> their war crimes. Russian International Legal Scholars,
> however, state that the differences between Nazi Germany
> and the present American Empire lie in the Nazis having a
> dictatorial fascist government, and where under Emergency
> Laws no elections were held this does not apply to the
> current Americans, who are still able to elect their
> Military Leaders, and who according to these scholars are
> as liable as their Military Leaders for the War Crimes
> being committed by them.
> Sadly though, and from all the evidence that can be seen
> in the United States, their citizens remain like their
> German Nazi counterparts, not seeing the storm clouds
> gathering around them….not because they are not there,
> but simply because they will not look to see them.
> It has been well said before, the American Dream is just
> that, a dream…the true reality of the Americans present
> existence is not a dream, it is a nightmare. But to those
> American Soldiers able to flee to the safety and refuge of
> Venezuela, perhaps their lives as true and free human
> beings can begin again.

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