Monday, August 22, 2005

Pat Robertson: Assassins for Jesus?

Move over, Hal Lindsey... Hal may have fanatasies about Christian mobs attacking Muslims in the U.S., but Pat Robertson is now checking in with his violent tendencies regarding assassinating heads of democratic states we don't like.

As MediaMatters.org reports, Robertson today (Aug 22) began complaining about the democratically elected Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Before Robertson was able to stop himself, he went well into an absolutely disgusting, and anti-christian, diatribe on how our government should have Chavez assassinated. MediaMatters has the video at the above link; here is the text:

ROBERTSON: There was a popular coup that overthrew him [Chavez]. And what did the United States State Department do about it? Virtually nothing. And as a result, within about 48 hours that coup was broken; Chavez was back in power, but we had a chance to move in. He has destroyed the Venezuelan economy, and he's going to make that a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism all over the continent.

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. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don't think any oil shipments will stop. But this man is a terrific danger and the United ... This is in our sphere of influence, so we can't let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine, we have other doctrines that we have announced. And without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil, that could hurt us very badly. We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.

4 comments:

Dave King said...

WWJA?

- Peace

thegator said...

Praise Jesus and kill Chavez!

chris said...
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chris said...

SHUT YOUR MOUTH PAT ROBERTSON and please don't ever appeal to Dietrich Bonhoeffer again!

Alright that's it. I know that Pat's all over the news and so my little rant is dust in the wind. But I've got to comment and Pat's "clarification."

Here's a quote in which he admits he thought killing Saddam would have been better than starting the war and then brazenly uses Bonhoeffer to support his case:


"As I report the news daily from around the world, I am acutely conscious of the fact that our nation is at war. Not only are there active wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but there is a war of terror being waged against civilized nations throughout the world.

We are in the midst of a war that is draining vast amounts of our treasure and is costing the blood of our armed forces. I am a person who believes in peace, but not peace at any price. However, I said before the war in Iraq began that the wisest course would be to wage war against Saddam Hussein, not the whole nation of Iraq. When faced with the threat of a comparable dictator in our own hemisphere, would it not be wiser to wage war against one person rather than finding ourselves down the road locked in another bitter struggle with a whole nation?

The brilliant Protestant theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who lived under the hellish conditions of Nazi Germany, is reported to have said:

“If I see a madman driving a car into a group of innocent bystanders, then I can’t, as a Christian, simply wait for the catastrophe and then comfort the wounded and bury the dead. I must try to wrestle the steering wheel out of the hands of the driver.”

On the strength of this reasoning, Bonhoeffer decided to lend his support to those in Germany who had joined together in an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer was imprisoned and killed by the Nazis, but his example deserves our respect and consideration today.

There are many who disagree with my comments, and I respect their opinions. There are others who think that stopping a dictator is the appropriate course of action. In any event, the incredible publicity surrounding my remarks has focused our government’s attention on a growing problem which has been largely ignored."

Yes Bonhoeffer was brilliant---not that you would know---and if he had a grave he'd be spinning in it right now because of your use and bastardization of his life struggle. The smartest thing you could do (as soon as you can pull your foot out of your mouth) would be to admit that you really have no idea what you're talking about and that because you know everyone knows this you'll just go do some reading somewhere.