My prayers go out to his family. They are dealing with a great loss. The loss of a family member is hard.
Way back on September 20, 2006 I actually scooped the Associated Press on this story:
I happened to be watching the news, and it was showing Chavez speaking at the U.N. Then I heard him recommending Chomsky. That piqued my interest. So I backed it up on TiVo, hit the record button, and started transcribing.
I think that the first people who should read this book are our brothers and sisters in the United States because their threat is in their own house. The devil is right at home. The devil, the devil himself is right in the house. And the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right here. (crosses himself) Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today. This table that I am now standing in front of, yesterday ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the President of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as ‘the devil’ came here talking as if he owned the world. Truly as the owner of the world. I think we can call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday’s statement made by the President of the United States. As the spokesman of imperialism he came to share his nostrums. To try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title, ‘The Devil’s Recipe’.
As Chomsky says here clearly and in depth, the American Empire is doing all it can to consolidate its hegemonistic system of domination and we can not allow them to do that. We can not allow a world dictatorship to be consolidated.
I pray for the Venezuelan people, that they get a leader who’s first for them, not him or herself. Someone who won’t steal private property and make it “public” property. Someone who will develop policies that benefit the people while not being “benefits” that someone else has to pay for.