“Despite bogus U.S. government claims, after Hugo Chavez was elected president of Venezuela by an overwhelming majority in 1998, and subsequently refused to take orders from Washington, he became a fast target of U.S. aggression. Though a U.S.-supported coup d’etat briefly overthrew Chavez in 2002, his subsequent rescue by millions of Venezuelans and loyal armed forces, and his return to power, only increased U.S. hostility towards the oil-rich nation. After Chavez’s death in 2013 from cancer, his democratically-elected successor, Nicolas Maduro, became the brunt of these attacks.”
“Would Washington ignore a group of Americans receiving funds from al Qaeda and engaging in repeated meetings with known members of that organization? In recent years the United States has arrested a great many people in the US and abroad solely on the basis of alleged ties to al Qaeda, with a lot less evidence to go by than Cuba has had with its dissidents’ ties to the United States. Virtually all of Cuba’s “political prisoners” are such dissidents. While others may call Cuba’s security policies dictatorship, I call it self-defense.”
So great was Europe’s slaughter in the name of Christ that it created the very ideas and institutions that we cherish so deeply today. Only, it didn’t do this because religion was so wonderful, but precisely because quarrels in the name of it were so horrible. Religion, in other words, had grown so destructive to European civilization that it had to be caged by secular ideas like the separation of church and state, tolerance and liberalism in order to keep the peace. War wasn’t banished by these developments, of course, but in the West war in the name of religion was. Holy War had thus burned away the old world, and out of those ashes came the world we exist in today.