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Chavez: The latest Sinisterist south of the border

By Bruce Walker
web posted April 3, 2006

Hugo ChavezHugo Chavez, the latest thug who embraces anti-Americanism and collectivism as a secular religion, is simply the latest in seventy years of Sinisterist demigods that began with Juan Peron continued through Fidel Castro and blossoms now in Hugo Chavez. The elements are always the same: hatred of Yankees, hatred of Christianity in its historical form, hatred of Jews and hatred of Israel.

The dumbfounding spectacle is how many JINOs (Jews in Name Only) rushed to defend Chavez when he spoke in January about the tiny minority who murdered Christ controlling half the world, when his supporters crowded the streets of Caracas in 2003 with anti-Semitic banners in protesting the war against Iraq and graffiti on synagogues, and when Chavez sat side by side with virulently anti-Israeli states at conferences denouncing the "root causes" of terrorism.

His mentor, Castro owned the complete works of Mussolini and deeply admired Hitler as a young Sinisterist. He later established working relationships with terrorist states that murdered Israelis. Three thousand Cuban soldiers were in Syria helping defend it against Israel in 1974, and a Cuban tank brigade actually engaged Israeli forces in the Yom Kippur War a year earlier. In 1967, Castro called Israel a tool of Yankee imperialism and – of course! – America an apologist for Zionist aggression. Hatred of America, Christians (persecuted in Cuba), Israel and Jews makes Castro the idol of Chavez, the perfect "Sinisterist," as described in my book, Sinisterism: Secular Religion of the Lie.

There is no "Far Right," but only Sinisterists, and the best Latin American example before Castro was Juan Peron, supposed "Fascist" leader of Argentina. Leftists have always had problems dealing with Juan Peron. There is justice in calling Peron sympathetic to Fascism and also sympathetic to Nazism. When Mussolini was killed by Italians in northern Italy, Peron called him "the greatest man of this century" and forbade Argentine theaters from showing pictures of him hanging upside down.

The spark that led Peron to institute a junta against the government of President Rameriz in early 1944 was that the Argentine government wanted to sever diplomatic relations with Nazi Germany and to declare war against it, something Peron opposed. In 1945, when Peron was accused of being a Nazi, he said: "Some say what I am doing follows the policy of Nazism. All I can say is this: if the Nazis did this, they had the right idea." Peron was the last government in Latin America to break with the Nazis, leading America to withhold diplomatic recognition until April 1945.

Evita gave the Fascist salute during her visit to Spain after the Second World War had ended, and told Franco that she felt "Drunk with love and happiness." Evita was called "Comrade Evita" when she visited Paris, by the French Communist newspaper L’Humanite which said simply that she was part of an Argentine version of – surprise! – Fascism.

Peron loathed Christianity. He cancelled religious holidays, his supporters attacked the clergy in public, and Peron offered Argentineans the choice between "Christ or Peron." This hostility to religion grew so profound that in May 1955, the Argentine Congress passed a law banning religious teaching in public schools and ending the tax exempt status of church property.

So how did the Perons consider themselves ideologically? On June 23, 1946, the Peronist members of the Argentine Congress sat on the Left side of the chamber, not the Right. Juan and Evita championed the poor against the rich, like any good socialist, and demonized the successful. Peron, as President of Argentina, purged from government service anyone who was not "imbued with revolutionary ideals or the precepts of social justice."

Peron, pro-Nazi throughout the Second World War, adopted a post-war policy called the "Third Position," between Communism and capitalism. He said "We do not defend capitalism; in fact, we are dismantling it bit by bit." A popular Peronist slogan was "For a capitalist oligarchy, a Communist Party is better than a Justicialist" (the term Peronists used to describe themselves.) Peron himself observed "Capitalism and Soviet Communism are but two of one." When Peron died – surprise! - Castro called him a very great man.

Who are these Sinisterists? As I relate in my book, they are monsters joined by a common hatred of those of us who treasure God, life and truth. They lust only for power, which is how Castro could overthrow Batista, who had been supported by the Cuban Communist Party, and call himself a revolutionary. They had one religion, a secular religion, The Lie.

Bruce Walker has been a published author in print and in electronic media since 1990.  He is a contributing editor to Enter Stage Right and a regular contributor to Conservative Truth, American Daily, Intellectual Conservative, Web Commentary, NewsByUs and Men's News Daily. His first book, Sinisterism: Secular Religion of the Lie by Outskirts Press was published in January 2006.

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