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Friday, June 02, 2006

Does Chavez know that Carlos the Jackel has converted to Islam?

Interesting statements from our good friend Hugo Chavez:

CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez brought up Carlos the Jackal during a meeting of oil producers Thursday, calling the Venezuela-born terrorist who once took hostages at an OPEC meeting "a good friend."

Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, gained notoriety during the Cold War for staging a string of bombings and assassinations. He is serving a life sentence for murder in France.
I wonder if Chavez has read the Jackel's book Revolutionary Islam and knows that he has converted to Islam and pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden?

According to Amir Taheri, the book details Carlos':
...conversion to Islam and present[s] his strategy for "the destruction of the United States through an orchestrated and persistent campaign of terror."

[P]ublished under the name Ilich Ramírez Sánchez-CARLOS, the book urges "all revolutionaries, including those of the left, even atheists," to accept the leadership of Islamists such as Osama bin Laden and so help turn Afghanistan and Iraq into the "graveyards of American imperialism."
Taheri further writes that...
Carlos claims that terrorism is "the cleanest and most efficient form of warfare." By killing civilians, he argues, the terrorist saps the morale of the enemy and forces its leadership to submit to the demands of the revolution or surrender.
and
Carlos had also concluded that the United States could not be destroyed by any military rival. What was needed was a campaign of terror that would separate the United States from its allies and then destroy its self-confidence. This campaign would require a large number of volunteers ready both to kill and to die for the cause. Carlos saw that only revolutionary Islam could recruit the large numbers of killers and martyrs necessary to destroy the United States.
To be honest, if you take out the Islam angle, I have a hard time distinguishing Chavez's rhetoric from the Jackel's.

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