Friday, August 29, 2008

Ken Livingstone’s tacit support for Islamist terrorism

It was revealed earlier this week that Ken Livingstone is to work as a ‘consultant’ for Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. The BBC noted that he has ‘long been a supporter of Mr Chávez’ and that he was ‘proud and honoured’ to become part of his team. No doubt the appointment of Mr Livingstone to the Venezuelan payroll is pay-back for the £12 million windfall President Chávez received from Mayor Boris Johnson as compensation for cancelling Mr Livingstone’s oil deal.

But this is not simply about a common anti-American, pro-Islamic, left-wing ideology on transport and tourism. Mayor Johnson is right that many Londoners were ‘uncomfortable’ with the deal, but he never really explained why.

It seems that Ken Livingstone is not the only one to enjoy ‘close ties’ with Venezuela; they are also enjoyed by the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim terrorist organisation Hezbullah, which is reported to be building terror strongholds in the country. The LA Times says that experts on international terrorism fear that Venezuela will soon become a base for terrorist attack initiatives in light of the tightening of ties between the South American dictatorship and both Iran and Hezbullah.

Agents of Hezbullah and the Revolutionary Guard of Iran ‘have allegedly set up a special force to attempt to kidnap Jewish businesspeople in Latin America and spirit them away to Lebanon, according to the Western anti-terrorism official. Iranian and Hezbollah operatives traveling in and out of Venezuela have recruited Venezuelan informants working at the Caracas airport to gather intelligence on Jewish travelers as potential targets for abduction.’

The Bush administration, Israel and other governments worry with some justification that ‘Venezuela is emerging as a base for anti-US militant groups and spy services, including Hezbollah and its Iranian allies’.

‘Several joint Venezuelan-Iranian business operations have been set up in Venezuela, including tractor, cement and auto factories. In addition, the two countries have formed a $2-billion program to fund social projects in Venezuela and elsewhere in Latin America. Those deepening ties worry U.S. officials because Iranian spies around the world have been known to work with Hezbollah operatives, sometimes using Iranian embassies as cover, Western intelligence experts say.’

It is widely known that Iran has been involved in terrorist attacks in the region, not least on US and Israeli embassies, and that attempts are being made to undermine democracy. The terrorists raise money through cocaine-smuggling and are reported to send profits to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

But none of this is actually new, and it makes one wonder why Mr Livingstone is ‘proud and honoured’ to be associated with such a regime. President Chávez is known to make frequent visits to Syria and Iran, and one can tell much about a man from the company he keeps. Quite why he is content to facilitate the advent of Shari’a law into South America is unknown, unless they are simply united by the common enemies of the US, Israel and those who are allied with them. Perhaps Mr Livingstone considers an Islamic theocracy a small price to pay for the opportunity to undermine or eradicate everything he despises. And if he could not achieve his Marxist utopia in London, why not Caracas?

No true democrat and no politician with integrity could associate himself with those regimes which disseminate or lend support to the terrorist message that brings only chaos, death and untold misery to millions. Yet in associating with those who preach the Islamist message of hate, Ken Livingstone is simply being true to form. And since the people of London deserved better, and will undoubtedly feel more than ‘uncomfortable’ by these revelations, the hand of God might just have been on Mayor Johnson’s victory.


Anonymous oiznop said...

They are all Marxists, that's what ties them together. Livingstone should leave the country and go and live in Venezuela where he'll feel more at home, until the likes of Qaradawi or Hizbollah are in power or running cities, and then he'll come crawling back to England to claim asylum. The man is a joke. Venezuela and Iran are just about the only countries that offer him the status he's accustomed to.

29 August 2008 at 12:43  
Blogger mckenzie said...

Staying away from this one. Trying to turn a new leaf.

29 August 2008 at 18:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Islam with its vast wealth is preying on some of the poorer countries therefore getting a foothold in them.
There is a policy in Islam of converting the whole world to Islam.
Ken Livingstone will be swept aside when he has outlived his usefulness.

30 August 2008 at 09:22  
Blogger Bishop Brennan said...

Sadly, no surprises here.

I know it isn't very Christian of me, but I can't help half hoping that Livingslime gets his comeuppence in the afterlife...

30 August 2008 at 11:36  
Blogger Chalcedon said...

You get the bad boys in one place that you have the co-ordinates of and then..........stand by. Watch the mushroom cloud billow. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

31 August 2008 at 18:08  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

I'm Confused, Bush wants to get rid of Chavez, by my reckoning that means he must be one of the good guys.

3 September 2008 at 18:47  

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