Hat tip to the Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism
The below article describes concern about growing anti-Semitism in Venezuela as documented by the Organization of American States (OAS).
That, of course, doesn't concern Hugo Chavez's friend, actor Sean Penn, who told fellow-jerk Bill Maher Friday on Maher's show that those who report "false" stories about Chavez should be prosecuted and put in prison.
PENN: "The collaborative opportunity in Haiti, when you talk about Hugo Chavez, and some of the other people who are demonized [think Castro], and you know, when some of these countries accuse us of an occupation -- where I believe this was strictly a humanitarian action by the United States military, and an incredible one – I’m a little sympathetic. Because every day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it! And accept it. And this is mainstream media, who should – truly, there should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies."
What is truly sad about Sean Penn is that he has embraced a man (Chavez) who is a truly bad guy. Why? I guess because Chavez was an enemy of George W. Bush and opposes US policies. I would say that Penn supports Chavez for the same reasons that many misguided Americans support Fidel Castro and revere the memory of Che Guevara (who was nothing more than an executioner after Castro took power).
Yet, Penn chooses to ignore not only that Chavez is turning Venezuela into a dictatorship, but that he has given aid to the Colombian rebel group FARC, which finances its "revolution" against a democratic Colombia by drug trafficking and kidnapping, and now, has launched a campaign of anti-Semitism and persecution of Venezuela's tiny Jewish community because he has chosen to align himself with the Palestinian cause.
If Penn had any intellectual capacity, he might ask himself why Chavez is using his sympathy for the Palestinian cause to persecute the Venezuelan Jewish community.
Apparently, Penn doesn't have a lot of intelligence. Or perhaps, it is because he doesn't care about the harm Chavez is doing to Colombia-or to Venezuela's Jewish citizens. And to think that he implies that American writers who criticize that thug should be put in prison is just astounding.