by Sir Arthur Foulkes
Pat Robertson’s statement calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent shock waves around the world.
Mr. Robertson is one of the most popular television evangelists in America as well as a political activist who once sought the nomination of the Republican Party to run for president of the United States.
He is believed to be well-connected to the present administration of President George W. Bush and his neoconservative hawks who misled America into an expensive and disastrous war in Iraq.
So it was not surprising that his words stirred up such a hornets’ nest. Even though he has made many outrageous pronouncements in the past, it was still shocking that this Christian leader could openly advocate the murder of the democratically-elected leader of another country.
In response to the torrent of condemnation which followed his remarks, Mr. Robertson at first tried to blame the media for misinterpreting his words, a not unfamiliar tactic. Then he interpreted his gangster parlance “take him out” to mean kidnapping.
But what he did in fact say was clearly heard and understood by millions in his own country and around the world: