2002 Dumb and Dumber Political Awards: Truly a tight race as the year came to an end. Especially with Huguito el Carismatico charging hard at the end of the year.
There is no doubt that no one models a red beret better than Huguito Chavez.
He has that ?revolutionary progressive chic? that few can match. Hopefully we can persuade Univision to give him a segment on El Show de Sammy once the Venezuelan people throw him out of power.
But as incredibly inept as Chavez has been, there are two other political organizations that deserve the title of Dumb and Dumber.
Drum roll and the envelopes please!
The winners of last years coveted Dumb and Dumber Awards in the field of Politics are: The California Republican Party and Yasser Arafat and his poor Palestinians.
Before anyone accuses me of being a Democrat or a shill for the Sharon government let me give some background on my political history.
With the exception of 1996 - - due to Prop. 187 -- I have worked and contributed financially for every Republican presidential candidate since Goldwater in 1964.
I am a card carrying, dues paying member of Miami based CANF.
As far as my position on Palestine, I have always supported a Palestinian state. Withdrawal of Israeli troops to their pre-1967 borders. The dismantling of settlements on Arab land and a negotiated settlement of the status of Jerusalem. And full Israeli compliance with all U.N. resolutions.
So you can rest assured that I do not hang around in a Che Guevara t-shirt, sipping eco-friendly coffee, munching on lox and bagels while listening to KPFK.
Take the California Republican Party: Grey Davis could have been beaten by Mickey Mouse. He handled the energy crisis in a disastrous manner.
He paid off every State employee union that supported him in his bid for re-election. He received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the California Correctional Guards Union while closing down private prisons that were higher rated than the State run institutions at half the price to the taxpayers.
You had in Davis an incompetent crook. Piece a cake, no?
And what did the California Republican Party do?
The CAL GOP dumped Richard Riordan and nominated Bill Simon.
Why? Because Bill Simon was against abortion and Riordan was not.
Because Riordan supported gay issues while Bill Simon did not.
Now at the State level what can a governor do about abortion? Nothing.
With CAL Republicans becoming an endangered species why was it wrong to support basic human rights for the gay community?
But alas, that was not to be. We had the cavemen of the Party control the primaries. Bill Simon who could not win the election was nominated in the primaries, with Davis advertising heavily only against Riordan.
Riordan, who in every poll was beating the pants off Davis, was dumped. Sacrificed by the ultra-right wing mutants that tend to vote in the GOP primaries.
The Neanderthals overpowered the ?compassionate conservative? wing of the Party and we got el bandido incompentente de Grey Davis again.
Then there's Yasser Arafat: I have come to the conclusion that Yasser Arafat is really working for the Mossad. No one can be as bad as Yasser and not do it on purpose.
Arafat had a golden opportunity to pressure Israel into a settlement after the rioting that broke out after the 1st of September of 2001.
Ariel Sharon, a right wing psychopath who was forced out of his post in the Army by the Israeli government for the massacres at the Palestinian camps in Lebanon, had just paid a visit to the Dome of the Rock mosque. It is one of the most revered sites in Islam.
This was the equivalent of having the head of the Nazi Party visit a holocaust museum.
Rioting broke out and lawful demonstrations by Arab citizens were met with hails of bullets by the IDF.
Later on, Sharon was elected to head the government promising the people of Israel security, a security that he himself had caused to deteriorate by his visit to the Dome of the Rock.
Yasser Arafat had the perfect opposition in Sharon. A fascist, blood-soaked General. A Genghis Khan-type. A man who had human rights charges and an arrest order pending for him in Europe issued by a Belgian Court.
Yet, Yasser managed to blow it.
Instead of appealing to the world community, to the UN resolutions that Israel has ignored, Yasser Arafat played footsies with the members of Hamas and other terrorist groups.
After a number of bombings of civilian targets in Israel, even those who had supported the Palestinian people started to turn away in disgust from them.
Even George Bush, who initially was violently against the Israeli invasion of the West Bank and Gaza, started to look the other way due to continued suicide bombings and civilian casualties in Israel.
And what has been the result of Yasser?s leadership of the Palestinian people?
A disaster. Gaza and the West Bank are occupied and under curfew. People are dying due to the inability to travel to get medical help.
In Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity spent Christmas surrounded by Israeli troops and snipers.
The IDF justifies every atrocity and their massive human rights violations with the fact that the suicide bombings have not stopped.
Even Yasser?s headquarters has been so heavily damaged that the stairs leading to the second floor had been blown up by the IDF.
Yasser has gone from being a dubious leader to a clownish one at best
But this clown is not causing laughter, he is causing misery, death and despair to his own people. As a Mossad agent he could not have done a better job.
Both the Israelis and the Palestinian people deserve better. The real tragedy is that after all of the bodies are buried, all of the tears have been shed. The Israelis and Palestinians must learn how to live together in peace and harmony. There is no other alternative.
The Palestinians will never drive the Israelis into the sea and try as they have, the Israelis cannot kill all of the Palestinians.
And who will win the Coveted Dumb and Dumber award for 2003?
So far we have three strong contenders out of the gate. Chavez, Saddam and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe are all doing their outmost at this point.
See ya next year!!!
Alberto Marrero Salas:
Alberto R. Marrero Salas was born in Cuba 1953 and exiled to the US in 1959. Administrator Nacara2000/ Estamos Unidos (Wilshire) Immigration. Eight children, married to Olivia Rodriguez from La Libertad, El Salvador. firstname.lastname@example.org