Better Relations With Venezuela and Cuba Needed

RECEIVED Tue., April 21, 2009

Dear Editor,
    The mainstream news media made a big fuss over Barack Obama's recent peaceful overtures to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Cuba. People should know that the so-called “liberal” mainstream U.S. press falsely and habitually calls President Chávez "anti-American.” The truth of the matter is that Hugo Chávez has never said or done anything that would lead a reasonable person to label him as anti-American. Chávez has made it clear that he is against oligarchy, imperialism, white supremacy, unbridled corporate greed, and all the other ugly products of the most corrupt misleaders of the colonial powers. Chávez has taken a stand for the people and against Bush and those who apparently think that the role of political leaders is to help the rich get richer while pissing on the poor. Like many other good people, he hasn't been shy about his opposition to the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. He and his supporters have made great strides in turning the tide and creating a government that helps the majority of the Venezuelan people. Millions of Venezuelans have Chávez's picture in their living rooms, next to their pictures of Jesus. Naturally the greediest Venezuelans, many of whom have second and third homes in Washington and Florida, don't like Chávez's approach at all. They do everything in their power to hinder his work. Another major thing that more people should consider is that Havana, Cuba, was the U.S. Mafia's No. 1 source of revenue until Castro and the Cuban people had their revolution and threw them out. The Mafia pledged at that time that Fidel Castro would regret it for the rest of his life. The longstanding, cruel U.S. trade embargo against Cuba reflects the wishes of the old Mafia and its sympathizers, not the wishes of the majority of the American people. Anything that President Obama does to lead us toward a better relationship with Cuba, Venezuela, and all of Latin America should be applauded by all who value justice and peace.
John O'Neill
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