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  •   Hugo Chavez  Venezuela Analyis  Maj After two years of battling cancer, President Hugo Chavez has died today at 4.25 pm.  and Sodahead Hugo Chavez Says CIA May Have Given Him Cancer: Assassination by Cancer?   Hugo Chavez and several other Latin American leaders recently got diagnosed with various forms of cancer. Chavez said in a speech, “It’s very difficult to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to some of us in Latin America... Would it be so strange that they’ve invented technology to spread cancer and we won’t know about it for 50 years? ... I’m just sharing my thoughts, but it’s very, very, very strange."  and Bloomberg  ...  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hinted that the U.S. may be behind a “very strange” bout of cancer affecting several leaders aligned with him in South America.  Chavez, speaking a day after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, said the Central Intelligence Agency was behind chemical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and that it’s possible that in years to come a plot will be uncovered that shows the U.S. spread cancer as a political weapon against its critics.
  • WMR December 31, 2011 -- January 1, 2012 -- Bio-assassination weaponry used on Kim Jong Il  ...   Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he was thinking aloud when he speculated that diagnoses of cancer affecting Latin America's most notable progressive leaders may have been the result of a U.S. plot through technological means. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, the wife of neocon and Zionist foreign policy adviser Robert Kagan, immediately called Chavez's remarks "horrific and reprehensible."    ...   However, the State Department may or may not be aware of what has been gleaned by WMR from Japanese intelligence sources in Pyongyang: that North Korea's late leader Kim Jong Il, who we previously reported was assassinated by rebellious military officers, met his demise from the use of a sophisticated bio-weapon. Kim Jong Il, whose only medical problems were periodic blackouts and the early onset of dementia, did not die from a heart attack, according to Japanese military intelligence sources. North Korean official news reports claimed that the late Dear Leader died from a heart attack aboard a train outside of Pyongyang. Neither of these reports was correct.     ..   Kim Jong Il, while not in perfect health, was on a strict diet, exercised regularly, and was frequently examined by doctors.    ...    However, the military coup plotters arranged for Kim Jong Il to be administered a series of doses of toxins. The toxins ultimately built up in Kim Jong Il's vital organs, causing renal failure and heart stoppage. The plot by North Korean military officers resulted from a major split over a secret deal made by some North Korean officials with Israel. The secret compact was for North Korea to stop missile shipments to Syria, Iran, and Egypt in return for Israel supplying low-grade enriched weapons-grade uranium to the North Koreans.    ...    It is not certain what Chavez based his fears on, however, Cuba enjoys close relations with North Korea. Chavez cited a warning he once received from former Cuban President Fidel Castro, who, himself contracted a mysterious and almost fatal stomach disorder after visiting Argentina, that he should "take care. These people have developed technology . . . Take care of what you eat, what they give you to eat . . . a little needle and they inject you with I don't know what." Chavez went on to say, "It would not be strange if they developed the technology to induce cancer and nobody knew about it until now."    ...   Progressive Latin American leaders, including Chavez, have recently been diagnosed with cancer. The latest to fall victim to cancer is Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who recently won re-election in a landslide. Others contracting cancer include Paraguay's President Fernando de Lugo, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, and former Brazilian President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva. Chavez said other Latin American leaders should exercise caution, including Bolivia's Evo Morales. Former Argentinian President Nestor Kirchner, Fernandez de Kirchner's husband, died from a sudden heart attack before running again for the presidency. Fidel Castro contracted an almost fatal stomach disease after meeting with Nestor Kirchner and Chavez in Argentina.    ...   Castro's warning to Chavez about being stuck with a fatal needle comes from someone who was on the receiving end of such assassination plots. Tulane Medical School researcher Dr. Alton Ochsner, a friend of such notorious Latin American right-wing leaders as Juan Peron, Panama's Tomas Gabriel Duque, and Nicaragua's Anastasio Somoza, was known to be conducting CIA-sponsored research to develop weaponized cancers from monkey viruses. The prime target for such a weapon was Castro.    ...   When it comes to U.S. bio-assassination weaponry, Chavez had the best source of information in Castro. Nuland and her neocon associates in the Obama administration and corporate media would rather ridicule the messenger, in this case Chavez, than in recognizing the fact that the United States is one of the few countries in history to conduct medical research for the purpose of assassinating perceived foreign and domestic threats including Castro; Congo's Patrice Lumumba; Iraq's Abdul Karim Qassem, Yugoslavia's former President Slobodan Milosevic; Jack Ruby, the slayer of Lee Harvey Oswald; and, quite possibly, U.S. ambassador to the UN Adlai Stevenson who died of a sudden heart attack in 1965 on a street in London located near the U.S. embassy. 
  • WMR 2/11 The CIA's running of false flag terrorist operations may not be confined to Iraq, Pakistan, and other Muslim countries. Last week, Argentinean officials seized an undeclared cargo of weapons and espionage equipment on a US Air Force C-17 transport plane at Buenos Aires' Ezeiza International Airport. The cargo originated with the 7th US Army Airborne Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The cargo also consisted of brochures with the following statement in fifteen languages, including Spanish: "I am a United States soldier. Please report to my embassy I have been arrested by the country." Also in the military cache was communications interception equipment, encryption gear, GPS devices, high-powered sniper rifles, machine guns, and expired drugs, including stimulants and morphine. The Argentine Foreign Ministry filed a strong protest with the U.S. government.    ...   An indication of the seriousness of the U.S. covert operation was the presence at Ezeiza airport of Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, who personally supervised the confiscation of the weapons and spy equipment cache.    ...   Caught with its pants down once again, the Obama administration's top man on Latin American policy, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela, a noted gusano supporter, called on Buenos Aires to return the military and espionage cargo "without delay." The demand was echoed by State Department spokesman P J Crowley, the CIA's public relations "embed" in Hillary Clinton's top advisory group. It is significant that President Obama is avoiding Argentina on his upcoming trip to Latin America.    ...   The neocon media, including The Wall Street Journal, where, as an aside, we are told by informed sources that non-Jews, as a hiring policy, are discriminated against for reporter and editor jobs, accused Timerman and President Cristina Fernandez of trying to score pre-election points by stirring up a conflict with Washington. 
  • EIR This is the crowd that brought us the overthrow of President Alberto Fujimori in Peru, funneling $1 million from Soros into the campaign coffers of Fujimori's replacement, Alejandro Toledo, and which helped fund and trigger the latest bloodletting in Bolivia (see article page 44).  ... and and the role of Soros' money in stopping Peruvian President Fujimori's successful war against the narco-terrorists in Peru, Thompson came to the fact that Soros had given a $10 million subsidy to the CAP, co-sponsor of the Washington event. Finally, noting that Soros, by hard accounting, had given another $10 million to legalize narcotics in the United States, Thompson asked the panelists, "Do you want to rebuild the Democratic Party with drug money?"   go to Poverty / Soros / Obama   NFU
  • VQR 9/14/2007 Virginia Quarterly Review: [The Octopus is United Fruits, renamed Chiquita Brands to avoid the connotations of its monstruous history, some of which is discussed in this article. The Cathedral of Salt is a famous cathedral in Bogota.] - "Although the FARC is involved deeply in the business, it is the right-wing AUC that worked closely with the cartels to organize the smuggling system. Coca growers, who are usually poor peasants or campesinos, earn the least of all… In a front-page deal reached with the US government this year, Chiquita pleaded guilty to making millions of dollars in payments to a group on the State Department list of foreign terrorist organizations: the AUC. Lawyers for the company argued that they were forced into the making payments out of fear for the safety of its workers. Chiquita also admitted that they had a similar arrangement with the FARC. The result of the plea deal was a $25 million fine for a business that earned $3.9 billion in revenue in 2006, and there were no charges filed over the weapons shipment. It is not surprising that Chiquita Brands was forced to make protection payments to armed groups operating around their plantations, but that is not the entire story."
  • WMR Feb 09, February 27-March 1, 2009 -- Stanford's Latin American operations linked to U.S."counter-narcotics" efforts    ...   Although it stands accused of laundering money for narco-interests in countries like Panama, Colombia, and Mexico, the Stanford Financial Group of "Sir" R. Allen Stanford is being linked by investigators to the world of U.S. government covert and overt counter-narcotics programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.   WMR has learned from a knowledgeable source that FAA records point to a Stanford & Associates, Inc. address at 1329 Alum Springs Road #101 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The address is listed for Stanford's Learjet (N60CE), which was exported to Germany in 2001. The same address was used for HS 125-700A (N81QV), exported to the Cayman Islands in 2000, Cessna 650 (N1239L), exported to Germany in 2000, Another Stanford & Associates address is at 1661 N. Swan Road, Suite 200-6, Tucson, Arizona for a Learjet (N613SA), exported to Germany in 2000. more search terms: Gulf Stream G-IV, N2SA, N3SA, N1SA, N4SA, Abby Construction, Hawker 800XP, N14SA, N10SA, Fredericksburg, Laura Pendergest-Holt arrested, AV Craft, Zenithe Aviation, Alum Springs, Robert F. Stanford, Heather Hills, Bryan Stoelker, Andrea Stoelker, Oceaneering International, Inc. Judge Mark Fuller,  Senator Richard Shelby, Iceland 'special missions', Peruvian Air Force, Bowers, Cessna, Aviation Development Corporation, Maxwell AFB, Viva International, River Hawk Aviaiton, SEC, Eastern Caribbean Airlines Corp, Stanford Aviation,  The pattern is familiar to one informed source who contacted WMR. The source stated: "the CIA continues to created these false front aviation/parts corporations, infuses some government money to get them up and running, then sells them to another government- created entity and the CIA shaves off the excess cash." The pattern is similar to the CIA shell companies used to mask the agency's extraordinary rendition program that relied on chartered aircraft. full story
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    Lauded by the Reagan and Bush Administrations as a showcase for the privatization of social service, Covenant House had expanded into Guatemala as a gateway to South America. According to intelligence community sources, the purpose was procurement of children from South America for exploitation in a pedophile ring. The flagship Guatemalan mission of Covenant House was launched by a former business partner of Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, Roberto Alejos Arzu, who had ties to the CIA, according to the Village Voice of Feb. 20, 1990. The Voice quoted Jean-Marie Simon, author of Guatemala: Eternal, Spring, Eternal Tyranny: "It’s like having Idi Amin on the board of Amnesty International." (180)" more search terms: Robert McCauley, Americares
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  • FAS   Gates consistently testified that he first heard on October 1, 1986, from the national intelligence officer who was closest to the Iran initiative, Charles E. Allen, that proceeds from the Iran arms sales may have been diverted to support the contras.  2 Other evidence proves, however, that Gates received a report on the diversion during the summer of 1986 from DDI Richard Kerr. The issue was whether Independent Counsel could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Gates was deliberately not telling the truth when he later claimed not to have remembered any reference to the diversion before meeting with Allen in October.
  • WMR has obtained further details on the fate of the SS Poet, which is widely-assumed to have carried arms to Iran as part of George H. W. Bush's 1980 October Surprise operation against President Jimmy Carter, and was then conveniently "disappeared" along with its crew of 34. The Poet had a complement of 10 officers and 24 crewmen when it set sail from Philadelphia on October 24, 1980, just after George H. W. Bush visited Chester before his secret trip to Paris to arrange an arms swap with the Ayatollah Khomeini's government in return for their keeping the hostages imprisoned in Tehran until after the presidential election.  The Poet had made a trip previous to its stated late October voyage to Port Said, Egypt. Its radio officer joined the Poet's crew in Port Said around October 1, 1980. The Poet had three other names before being renamed the Poet: the SS General Omar Bradley, the SS Portmar, and the SS Port.  The US Coast Guard/National Transportation Safety Board Final Report on the Poet says she loaded corn in Philadelphia at the Girard Point Pier 3, sailing from there down river. She sailed past Sun Ship in Chester, where George H. W. Bush had been on October 18, en route to the mouth of the Delaware River and to the open Atlantic. The Final Report says corn was loaded in holds 1, 2 and 3. It makes no mention of hold 4.  The Poet was later reported missing after it failed to pass through the Strait of Gibraltar. No SOS or Mayday was ever heard from the ship. The RCA Service Company representative who repaired the Poet's radio gear in Philadelphia testified the radio officer was a 30-year Navy veteran and was a Master Chief Petty Officer. The radio officer had served on the SS Pioneer Moon before joining the crew of the Poet.  
  • Milfuegos "The U.S. ambassador who has permitted "Sir" R. Allen Stanford, a billionaire Texan, to run roughshod over the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda, as reported here yesterday, is Mary Ourisman, U.S. ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean States, including Antigua and Barbuda. Like Stanford, Ourisman is a native Texan and friend of Laura Bush who has been a professional board member in Washington, DC -- Beltway "code" meaning that she has never actually worked for a living. As U.S. ambassador accredited to the Caribbean states, Ourisman is apparently more concerned with allowing billionaire friends of George Bush to buy up the islands under her diplomatic jurisdiction. Ourisman and her husband, Mandell ("Mandy') Ourisman, a multi-millionaire Maryland automobile dealer who has homes in Washington, Jamaica, and Palm Beach, have donated over $443,630 to GOP coffers. Mary Ourisman served as the development director of the Republican GOPAC political action committee.  We were informed by our sources in Antigua and Barbuda that the sole radio station there read on the air our March 3-4 report about Stanford. Hopefully, our own U.S. Senate and House will take notice of the Ourisman-Stanford Texas axis of business interests to conduct a full investigation of U.S. policies in the Eastern Caribbean."

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WASHINGTON - While Argentina's military junta was suppressing dissidents in 1976, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told the country's foreign minister, "If there are things that have to be done, you should do them quickly," according to a newly declassified document.  The conversation left Argentine generals with the belief that Kissinger gave them "a carte blanche for the dirty war," said Carlos Osorio of the National Security Archives. The foreign policy research center obtained the documents that were being released Friday.

But a former State Department official who attended Kissinger's meeting in June 1976 with Argentina's foreign minister, Adm. Cesar Augusto Guzzetti, said that view was "a distortion of history."  "It's a canard," said William D. Rogers, vice chair of Kissinger's lobbying firm, Kissinger Associates. "The idea that he would tell another country to violate human rights quickly or slowly or under any circumstances is preposterous."  Kissinger's office did not respond to a request for comment. He has denied condoning abuses.

The documents revive the debate about Kissinger's relationship with military dictators in Latin America when he was secretary of state in the Nixon and Ford administrations. It was an era when military officers frequently toppled elected governments and brutalized dissidents, but were accepted by U.S. leaders as anti-communist allies.  Argentina's military rulers seized power in a March 1976, beginning six years of rule in which they kidnapped, tortured and killed dissidents. The government says 8,900 people disappeared over that period; human rights groups put the figure around 30,000.

Three months after the coup, Kissinger met Guzzetti while in Santiago, Chile, to attend an Organization of American States meeting. Detailed notes of the meeting were taken by Luigi Einaudi, a member of the State Department policy planning staff. Einaudi now is assistant secretary-general at the OAS.  In an interview, Einaudi said his recollections of the meeting are vague after 28 years, but he doubts Kissinger would have said anything to condone abuses. Because of congressional pressure and public opinion, "the political reality was the United States could not put up with those kinds of abuses," he said.

Kissinger told Guzzetti he wished his government well. "We wish it will succeed. We will do what we can to help it succeed," Kissinger said, according to Einaudi's account.  Kissinger spoke of Argentina's problem in which "political, criminal and terrorist activities tend to merge without any clear separation." He said he understood the government's need to establish authority, "but it is also clear that the absence of normal procedures will be used against you."  Kissinger said the United States could not help Argentina fight terrorism, but may be able to help economically.

Guzzetti spoke of the need to "create disincentives to potential terrorist activities" and complained that outsiders did not understand Argentina's problems, Einaudi's notes show. Kissinger responded "as a friend," that "military governments are not the most effective in dealing with these problems." He noted problems in Chile, then led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet (news - web sites).  "You will have to make an international effort to have your problems understood," Kissinger said. "Otherwise you too will come under increasing attack. If there are things that have to be done, you should do them quickly. But you must get back quickly to normal procedures."

Previously declassified documents suggest that Argentine leaders took heart from the exchange. President Jorge Videla told U.S. Ambassador Robert Hill in that September that "Kissinger understood their problem and had said he hoped they could get terrorism under control as quickly as possible."  "Videla said he had impression senior officer of (U.S. government) understood situation his govt faces, but junior bureaucrats do not," Hill wrote in a cable. Hill, who had repeatedly complained to Argentine officials about abuses, said he responded by stressing Kissinger's concern about human rights in Argentina.

Osorio said the Kissinger-Guzzetti exchange makes clear why Videla believed abuses would be tolerated.  "If you are standing in the position of the generals, that's (how) you would interpret it right away," he said. What was most striking was that Kissinger made no direct appeal to stop the abuses, Osorio said.  Rogers said Kissinger had stressed at the OAS meeting that the United States would not tolerate abuses. Kissinger would not have contradicted those public statements during a private meeting, Rogers said. "That's fatal to diplomatic discourse."  He said Guzzetti's English was shaky, which could have led to misunderstandings. Einaudi's notes say Guzzetti spoke Spanish to Kissinger, but it's not clear if Guzzetti used an interpreter to understand English responses.


Obama administration fingerprints on Ecuador coup attempt ... October 2010 --
Using the standard CIA playbook on toppling democratically-elected governments in Latin America, the Obama administration, which was not happy with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's moves to increase state control over oil companies in the nation and his decision to oust the United States military from its airbase at Manta, appears to have suffered a major defeat in the failed coup attempt in Ecuador by police officers and Air Force personnel who were backed by rightist elements in the National Assembly and business community. Correa was re-elected with an overwhelming majority last year after he gave the U.S. military its walking papers from the Manta airbase. The Pentagon and CIA have been working to topple Correa ever since by pumping money into opposition political parties and other groups through NGOs funded by the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy.

In a statement from Correa after his rescue from the Police Hospital in Quito by a military special operations team, the president warned of a larger conspiracy launched against him by his political opposition, saying the "attempt at destabilization is the result of a strategy that has been brewing for quite some time. A barrage of messages and misinformation have been given to the National Police, which today has been realized through violent actions from a conspiracy attempt."

Correa's predecessor, the pro-U.S. Lucio Gutierrez, who is wedded to foreign oil company interests in the country, was accused by the government of covertly supporting the police and Air Force mutineers.

Although Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a weak statement saying the United States backed Correa, it came one day after Clinton heaped praise on former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the person who helped to craft the September 11, 1973 coup in Chile and the assassination of its progressive president Salvador Allende. In fact, Clinton and Obama had given military and political support to the right-wing junta that ousted democratically-elected progressive President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras in June 2009 and has fought against allowing the ousted democratically-elected president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to return to his country from exile in South Africa after the CIA-engineered coup against him in 2004.

Clinton's tepid response to the attempted coup against Correa was in marked contrast to the strong denunciations of the attempted coup and messages of support for Correa that came from Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Cuba, and Spain.

And the fact that Correa, like Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who was briefly ousted in an April 2002 coup organized by the CIA, was held as a virtual hostage at the Police Hospital in Quito for the greater part of a day provided a grim reminder of an old CIA tactic in staging coups in Latin America. Chavez was briefly held hostage on a Venezuelan island in the Caribbean while a U.S.-registered plane stood by to fly him into exile. In an emergency Latin American summit meeting in Argentina, Chavez saw the U.S. behind the events in Ecuador. He said, "The Yankee extreme right is trying right now, through arms and violence, to retake control of the continent." Chavez's own experience with a CIA backed coup and the June 2009 coup, supported by the Pentagon, CIA, and Mossad against his ally Zelaya in Honduras, makes him an expert on CIA and Mossad tactics in the region. Informed sources have told WMR that Correa and Chavez are currently comparing notes on the coups launched against them.

Ecuadorian intelligence will be looking closely at the wereabouts of key CIA personnel stationed at the CIA station at the US embassy in Quito and a smaller CIA station within the US Agency for International Development (USAID) mission in Guayaquil. In the 2002 coup attempt against Chavez, the US embassy's top CIA and DIA officers were discovered to be helping to direct the coup from Venezuelan military installations.

Clinton's State Department has been casting Ecuador in a bad light throughout the past two years, calling the country "difficult to do business in," the only real priority that the Obama administration cares about due to its total subservience to Wall Street and the fat cat bankers. The State Department's "Investment Climate Statement" for Ecuador states: "Ecuador can be a difficult place in which to do business. . . There are restrictions or limitations on private investment in many sectors that apply equally to domestic and foreign investors . . . A 2006 hydrocarbons law imposed new conditions in the petroleum sector that have been problematic for many companies, complicated by a 2007 decree that imposed additional restrictions. A 2008 mining mandate stalled mining activity, and a new Mining Law is expected in early 2009. Negotiations for a free trade agreement between the United State and Ecuador, which would have included investment provisions, stopped in April 2006. The current Government of Ecuador has not expressed interest in restarting negotiations." Correa's financial policies, as well as his foreign policy that saw him order out the American base at Manta and establish close ties with Venezuela, Iran, and other countries inimical to American and Israeli hegemony, placed a huge CIA and Mossad target on Correa's back. In June, Ecuador sponsored a resolution at the Organization of American State (OAS) summit in Lima condemning Israel's attack on the Turkish aid flotilla transporting humanitarian aid to Gaza. Ten nations voted with Ecuador in support of the resolution.

The uprising among Ecuadorian Air Force ranks, with Air Force personnel taking over and shutting down Quito's international airport, will have Ecuadorian counter-intellligence personnel looking closely at the possible role of Israeli technicians and trainers who support the Air Force's 26 Israeli-made Kfir combat planes. Israel also reportedly sold Python-3 air-to-air missile to the Ecuadorian Air Force in 1997.

Mossad also has its hooks into the Ecuadorian National Police, where the main coup plotters received support/ Mossad is chiefly tasked with spying on Ecuador's large Ecuadorian-Arab community. The activities of the Mossad station at the Israeli embassy in Quito before and during the coup attempt will also draw the attention of counter-intelligence officers. Last year, Tel Aviv-based On Track Innovations received a contract to provide an electronic biometric-based electronic identification card system to Ecuador's Central Registry Office.


  • WayneMadsenReport:  "December 18, 2006 -- Ecuadorian President-elect Rafael Correa, who has called George W. Bush a "dimwit," is vowing to toss the U.S. out of its "forward operating location" base at Manta after the lease expires in 2009. The base, billed as a "counter narcotics" base, is actually a U.S. special military operations and support base that is used to conduct anti-population operations in Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia. Manta was also used as a support base in the abortive U.S.-supported military coup against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in April 2002. The loss of Manta will likely result in an increased U.S. military presence in neighboring Colombia, a longtime base of operations for anti-leftist military operations being conducted by U.S. special forces and private military contractors"
  • Counterpunch "John Paul was profoundly political, always on the side of the powerful in Latin America and in Spain. He never touched on the political causes of poverty, he marginalized and ostracized the mass religious movements in Latin America that called for major social reforms in favor of the poor, and (with Cardinal Ratzinger, the guardian of the Church orthodoxy) he condemned such movements, ordering their leading figures ­ Gustavo Gutierrez, Leonardo Boff, Jon Sobrino, and others ­ to remain silent. Bishop Romero wrote in his personal notes that, when he denounced the brutal repression carried out by the fascist dictatorship in El Salvador, the Pope reprimanded him for not being sufficiently balanced in his criticisms of the Salvadorian dictatorship, whom John Paul referred to as the legitimate government of El Salvador.  ...  In Spain, John Paul was political to an extreme. He was openly supportive of the post-Francoist party, the Popular Party (whose founder is Fraga Iribarne, ex-Minister of the Interior of the Franco fascist regime) and just a few months before his death he gave a speech against the Zapatero government that was actually written by the pro­Popular Party leadership of the Spanish Church. Although he opposed the invasion of Iraq and the bombing of the Iraqi population, he never condemned the Franco regime (which the Spanish Church supported), nor did he ever condemn the bombing of Spain's civilian population by the Franco Air Force, with the help of German Nazi bombers. When he was asked to condemn the bombing of Spanish cities by the Church-supported fascist forces of Spain, he declined to do so."