The Reverend Pat Robertson is in the habit of invoking hurricanes and other disasters as evidence for his assertions about God's plan and the evils of his enemies ( http://blogcritics.org/archives/2005/08/27/121328.php). So what a surprise that nature has provided such rapid proof of the controversial statements Robertson recently made in a televised episode of his Christian Broadcast Network show, "700 Club," in which he called on the US government to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in order to rid the world of a "dangerous Communist" controlling "a huge pool of oil."
Chavez himself has just confirmed Robertson's worst fears with his announcement that the Venezuelan national oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA), through its wholly owned US subsidiary, the CITGO chain of refineries and gas stations, will sell subsidized gasoline in an effort to help relieve dislocations caused to poorer Americans due to the recent devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in south Louisiana, and to diminish the threat of profiteering by US energy companies in the wake of the disaster ( link to news.yahoo.com)
Who but an out-and-out Communist would publicly forswear any opportunities to make windfall profits off his neighbor's misery at such a perfect time, with such flamboyant and extremist "share-the-wealth" rhetoric? Instead of condemnation, the Reverend Pat should be commended for his cogent analysis of the threats posed to US crony capitalism by enemies like Chavez. What will Exxon, Chevron, Texaco, and Shell do, with Chavez spoiling such golden opportunities for them?
At least one silver lining remains: maybe Halliburton can still land some more of those lucrative, sole-source, no-bid contracts again, this time from FEMA, for disaster relief on the Gulf Coast...