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Ron Radosh


July 12, 2013 - 7:46 am

In today’s Foreign Policy, a wonderful article appears, written by Peter Wilson, an journalist who lives in that country and has covered it through the Chavez era.  As Wilson reveals, what awaits Edward Snowden, should he actually ever arrive in that nation, is anything but a joyous time. Indeed, one might argue that if he does get exile there, he could be in a living hell—almost as bad as living in an American prison. As Wilson writes:

It’s true that many Venezuelans here admire you for blowing the whistle on clandestine U.S. espionage programs. But think twice before pulling a stunt like that here. We have our own version of the surveillance state, but the government’s opponents say that it’s more typically Cuban “advisors” who are listening in on calls through the state telephone company and the armed forces.

Try to mess with Cuban state security, ever vigilant in its service to Nicholas Maduro, and you will quickly find what living in a real totalitarian society is like. Here is what is likely going to befall you, should you decide to be a whistle-blower- to use the term you and your advocates use for what you did to our country- and this is what will become of your government job and largesse:

Don’t worry; you’ll be able to find a copy of the Guardian in Caracas. And yes, we still have a free press, even though the government has a habit of shutting down television and radio stations when they get too critical. Open dissent has its dangers. Just ask the 2.4 million Venezuelans who signed a recall petition against Chávez in 2004. Thousands lost their government jobs and are still barred — nine years later — from reapplying for state work. That’s what you get for just speaking out against the government here…

So I doff my hat to Peter Wilson, for so wonderfully describing the Venezuela Mr. Snowden seeks to move to. Good luck, Ed, you’ll need it!

Ronald Radosh is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at The Hudson Institute, and a Prof. Emeritus of History at the City University of New York. He is the author or co-author of 14 books.

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Might as well note this before the likes of FeralCat and Elkoong make comments defending Snowden:

Snowden has recently been exposed as having Marxist-Leninist sympathies from his own mouth:

I'll even quote the key part of the article:

"Assange begins with an interesting admission:

" The original cypherpunks were mostly Californian libertarians. I was from a different tradition…

"The link between anti-military libertarians and anti-military leftists continues with Ron Paul supporter Edward Snowden working with anti-imperialist internationalists like Assange, Laura Poitras, and Glenn Greenwald as we speak. Their common cause is not to protect America's freedoms but to destroy the military dominance of the United States in order to free the world from what this group sees as the oppressive force of what they call the American empire.

"Latin America is a big focus of Assange's piece. This is especially important, since Snowden may be bringing his classified information, training, and skill set to Latin America at the behest of Assange. Assange writes:

" The struggle for Latin American self-determination is important for many more people than live in Latin America, because it shows the rest of the world that it can be done. But Latin American independence is still in its infancy. Attempts at subversion of Latin American democracy are still happening, including most recently in Honduras, Haiti, Ecuador and Venezuela.

"Assange's talk about the "struggle for Latin American self-determination" makes it clear that the "tradition" he comes out of is Marxism and more specifically Leninism. Vladimir Lenin laid out the importance of destroying capitalist imperialism in his 1916 essay "The Socialist Revolution and the Right of Nations to Self-Determination." This view of "rights" as a thing belonging to states, not just individuals, is a running theme in Assange's Guardian piece.

"What about the rights of the individuals when a state "self determines" to nationalize private property or seize control of communications? Assange is mute on that point.

"This explicitly socialist view of imperialist America trampling on the rights of the world is a common thread that has run through the Snowden story and its attacks on American military intelligence gathering. America as empire is a common theme with Greenwald, who constantly refers to that concept in pieces throughout his career with titles like "Collapsing Empire Watch" and "Will America Do Anything to Preserve Its Empire?," all part of the overarching narrative that capitalism and imperialism as exemplified by the United States is falling apart before our eyes. "

Let me make something very clear: I will not tolerate Socialists or Communists of ANY stripes, not after what they tried to do with us Christians all to advance their godless ideology. If Snowden is a communist, and that admission certainly makes him at least a communist sympathizer, I will not support him. I will remove both him and Obama's administration due to their both being Communist. And for those who claim he can't be that due to being a Ron Paul supporter, that only proves that Ron Paul's ideals are far closer to the Marxist side/hard left than to true libertarianism. a LibertarINO, in other words (said this way as "LINO" could mean either "Liberal In Name Only" or "Libertarian In Name Only").
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