Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Christianist Diplomacy

The bats are busy in Virginia Beach.

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson called on Monday for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him a “terrific danger” to the United States.

Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition of America and a former presidential candidate, said on “The 700 Club” it was the United States’ duty to stop Chavez from making Venezuela a “launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism.”

Chavez has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of President Bush, accusing the United States of conspiring to topple his government and possibly backing plots to assassinate him. U.S. officials have called the accusations ridiculous.

“You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Robertson said. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war … and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.”

This must be part of Robertson’s job application process for the vacancy at the State Department left by the departure of John Bolton.

Since when is one of the largest Catholic countries in South America a “launching pad” for Muslim extremism? And the last time we had to worry about “communist infilration,” it was from a bunch of people who converted a 1959 Buick LeSabre into a raft with tailfins.

If this doesn’t prove Pat Robertson is nuts, I’m not sure what will.