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Rice vs. Red-ucation: Who is the "illiterate"-Condoleezza Rice or Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez?
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | January 14, 2004 | Lowell Ponte

Posted on 01/14/2004 4:29:19 AM PST by SJackson

Rice vs. Red-ucation
By Lowell Ponte
FrontPageMagazine.com | January 14, 2004


CONDOLEEZZA RICE IS A “TRUE ILLITERATE,” said a patronizing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

This Marxist thug added that he had asked his comrade Cuban dictator Fidel Castro to mail America’s National Security Advisor samples of Cuban books now being used to teach Venezuelan children literacy to “see if she learns to respect the dignity of the people and learns a bit about us.”

Apparently President Chavez is both a racist and a puny macho sexist to make such stupid remarks. His stunted manhood is threatened by criticism from this powerful woman.

Condoleezza Rice, who recently called on Chavez to accept the democratic vote of Venezuelans in a legitimate election to recall him, is as many have noted “the most powerful woman in the world.”

Dr. Rice understands collectivist terrorist murderers like Chavez better than do most Americans, and not only because she is a highly-regarded expert on the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Most of us awakened to the threat of terrorism only on September 11, 2001. Rice as a nine-year-old African-American girl in Birmingham, Alabama, in September 1963 felt the ground shake from a racist’s dynamite bomb going off in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church only blocks away from the church where her father John was pastor.

Among the four black girls murdered in that hate crime that shocked our nation’s conscience was Rice’s 11-year-old friend and schoolmate Denise McNair. She remembers their funeral and how small their coffins were.

“If you’ve been through homegrown terrorism,” said Dr. Rice, “you recognize there isn’t any cause that can be served by it… Because what it’s meant to do is end the conversation.”

Racism is a collectivist idea that denies human dignity by defining individuals as members of mythical collective racial groups. Socialism and Marxism are collectivist ideas that deny human dignity by judging individuals only as members of mythical class groups and by declaring all human beings to be slaves whose lives and labors belong to the collectivist state, as in Castro’s Cuba and increasingly in Chavez’s Venezuela. The indoctrination of this dehumanizing idea, as we shall see, is what Chavez means by Marxist education.

But first, let’s look more closely at the “illiterate” Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Leftists such as Hugo Chavez have tried to silence or discredit this “uppity” powerful black woman with insults. The Leftist media inside the U.S. have tried either to ignore her or to diminish her with the most vicious, loathsome and toxic kinds of racist satire, mockery, denigration, insults and ridicule.

Jamaican singer-limboist Harry Belafonte, an outspoken supporter of Fidel Castro and the Democratic Party, called Rice a “Jew” and a “slave who lived in the house” and “served the master.”

Leftists engage in such verbal terrorism against Bush Administration National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Colin Powell out of fear, wrote distinguished African-American journalist and liberal Clarence Page. 

The Democratic Party depends on blacks for 18 percent of its votes. Its survival depends on keeping those voters as a solid, owned bloc of slaves chained by dependency and fear down on the plantation of the Democratic Party.

A powerful, successful Republican role model such as Condoleezza Rice could show young blacks an alternative to dependency on Democrats. What if African-Americans notice that Democrats (the party of the slave owners, the Klan, Jim Crow and Bull Connor) talk about helping them but hold them down?

And at the same time, the Republicans (party of the Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln who freed their ancestors from Democrat slave owners) have advanced blacks to the highest echelon of actual power in the Bush Administration. To prevent African-Americans from opening their hypnotized eyes to this self-evident truth and reconsidering why they vote for a party that chains and exploits them, Dr. Rice has been targeted for every kind of insult and attack possible. She must be politically assassinated.

This is why Leftists have been using character assassination against Dr. Rice to “end the conversation” about how little the Democratic Party has done for blacks…and about how much the Republican Party is now doing.

(And the same Marxist tactics are being used against Latino Republican candidates, one of whom days ago was smeared by a desperate, racist Democratic National Committee official and Howard Dean operative as a “house Mexican for the Republicans.” This is yet more evidence of Dean’s implicit racism.)

So who is Condoleezza Rice, this bright black woman whose mere presence strikes terror into the hearts of Leftists?

Condi, as friends call her, was born November 14, 1954, in what his 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., would call “probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States.”  During the Civil Rights struggle it came also to be called “Bombingham,” with racist explosives killing not only Rice’s friend and three other girls but also shattering the home of black civil rights lawyer Arthur Shores and terrifying the African-American community.

“Rice’s father went to police headquarters to demand an investigation,” wrote Dale Russakoff in the Washington Post Magazine. “They didn’t investigate,” Condoleezza Rice has said. “They never investigated.”

The Police Commissioner in Birmingham who would not investigate was Bull Connor, a Democrat who perfectly embodies everything that political party has always stood for. When civil rights protestors arrived, Connor unleashed his dogs and fire hoses on them.

“John Rice,” writes Russakoff, “then did what black fathers all over Birmingham were doing – what Alma Powell remembers her own father doing then, when she happened to be home with her babies during her husband’s [Colin Powell’s] tour in Vietnam: They got out their shotguns and formed nightly patrols, guarding the streets themselves.”

One of the many dirty secrets of the Democratic Party is that its passion for gun control began, and continues to be, from a desire to disarm African-Americans and thereby make them powerless and dependent. Russian expert Michael McFaul, writes Russakoff, “remembers [Condoleezza] Rice telling him she opposed gun control and even gun registration because Bull Connor could have used it to disarm her father and others” in 1963.

Condi Rice remembers many lessons of how her mother and father stood up to segregationists, refusing again and again to accept the inferior place into which the white Democratic bosses of Birmingham tried to push blacks.  She remembers learning from her grandfather that “You have control, you’re proud, you have integrity, nobody can take those things away from you.”

Her grandfather’s aunts were among the first nursing graduates of Tuskegee Institute, founded by Booker T. Washington. By hard work he would put his children through college, and they would marry into other African-American families with passionate faith in the power of education.

“My family is third-generation college-educated,” says Dr. Condoleezza Rice, winner of the NAACP Image Award. “I should’ve gotten to where I am.”

Both her father Rev. John W. Rice, Jr., then Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Dean of historically black Stillman College, and mother Angelena, a science and music teacher at a local black high school, were committed to providing the best education possible for their daughter. Her name Condoleezza comes from the Italian musical notation “con dulce” or “con dolcezza,” meaning to play “with sweetness.”

Condi began piano lessons at age three and by age four was accompanying the choir at her father’s church. She learned to read music before she, by age five, could fluently read English. When the local superintendent of Negro schools decided that Condi was too young to attend first grade, Angelena took a year off from work to teach her daughter at home. Condi was soon mastering figure skating, French, ballet, Latin and a host of other advanced skills.

Playing Bach and Beethoven even before her feet could reach the piano’s pedals, Condoleezza pursued becoming a concert pianist.  At age 13 her family moved to Colorado, where her father became a University of Denver assistant Dean. She enrolled there at age 15, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, at age 19 when most other youngsters are just beginning college.

But by then she recognized that she lacked the skill to become one of a handful of pianists able to reach the top of that profession and would probably end up “teaching 13-year-olds to murder Beethoven for a living.”

One day she found herself in a classroom fascinated by Josef Korbel, former Marxist Czech diplomat, as he expounded on the Byzantine nature of Soviet politics and Stalin. “There was so much intrigue,” Rice says. “I decided I wanted to study the Soviet Union.”

“It was like falling in love,” she told Essence Magazine. “I just suddenly knew that’s what I wanted to do….Soviet politics, Soviet everything.”

Korbel, who became Rice’s mentor and career booster, is the father of Clinton Administration Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Condoleezza went on to earn a Masters Degree in international relations at Notre Dame, then a Ph.D. at the University of Denver. The year she completed her doctorate, 1981, she was offered a teaching job at Stanford University.  She is author or co-author of several scholarly books, including Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army: 1948-1983and The Gorbachev Era and Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft.

Her expertise on the Soviet Union soon earned Rice an advisory position with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1986 and, with the recommendation of Brent Scowcroft, a place on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council in 1989.  She returned to Stanford in 1991, becoming Provost of that great university in 1993 with oversight of its $1.5 billion budget. She has also served on the boards of Notre Dame University, the San Francisco Symphony, the Carnegie Endowment for World Peace, San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED, and other institutions. She co-founded the Center for a New Generation to help education gifted minority students, as she was and is.

When they first talked, she and George W. Bush, both big sports fans and devout Christians, hit it off immediately. “America will find that she is a wise person,” the President-elect said when announcing her as his pick to become National Security Advisor in December 2000. “I trust her judgment.”

Rice is part of a tiny Bush inner circle of brilliant advisors – including Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State George Schultz, and Pentagon analyst Paul Wolfowitz – nicknamed for their superior intellects as “The Vulcans,” in the spirit of Mr. Spock and other Vulcans in “Star Trek.”

Now, at age 49, Condi Rice has already become what Business Week Magazine called probably the most influential National Security Advisor since Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. When she, as one of two top foreign policy advisors to the President of the United States criticizes or challenges Hugo Chavez, it is no wonder that this nasty little Marxist tyrant shakes with fear and rage.

Chavez knows perfectly well that Dr. Rice is not illiterate. In fact she is an expert in Marxism, the Soviet Union, and the kind of tactics Chavez and his ally Fidel Castro are now using to subvert Venezuela as well as several other Latin American nations. Her expertise is helping shape the hard line that President Bush has taken against Fidel Castro at this week’s summit of Western Hemispheric democracies in Monterrey, Mexico.

The difference between the Marxist indoctrination of Chavez and Castro and the kind of education that lifted Condoleezza Rice and her family is clear. An Enlightenment Western education of the kind that informed America’s Founders is one that respects and empowers individuals.

One of the only three things Thomas Jefferson wanted inscribed on his tombstone and wished to be remembered for was the founding of the University of Virginia – and what it represented: universal education to empower every American with the basic tools of literacy.

Jefferson wanted all to be educated, not to teach conformity but so that every citizen could read the revolutionary pamphlets of future Tom Paines. Jefferson understood that revolution is a never-ending process, that each new generation must rise up and rein in the tendency of government to take more and more power from the people.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization,” wrote Jefferson, “it expects what never was and never will be.”

Dr. Condoleezza Rice is a living symbol of the liberating power of education, determination, and self-respect.

Hugo Chavez is also to some degree educated. He reportedly in 1975 earned masters degrees in military sciences and engineering from the Venezuelan Academy of Military Sciences. He also studied for a masters degree in political sciences at the Simon Bolivar University in Caracas but reportedly never graduated.

Like so many on the political Left, Chavez has the education of a technocrat and the soul of a machine. His is a mind without beauty, without love, without any depth of human compassion or comprehension, without respect for the unique talent of each individual. No wonder one wife divorced him and a second left. No wonder he has imported more than 10,000 Cuban operatives and tons of Cuban textbooks to indoctrinate the children of Venezuela with Marxist racist-like ideas of class hatred and class war.

To understand the Left, here and in Cuba, ponder the documentary “90 Miles” by Juan Carlos Zaldivar aired on the PBS show “POV” on July 29, 2003.

“In 1980, I was a thirteen-year-old communist living in Cuba,” Zaldivar’s personal story begins. “The Revolution was the biggest thing in my life. Bigger than religion, or anything else.”

This documentary follows his reluctant move with his family to the United States via the Mariel boatlift and his comparison of Cuba and the U.S. 

As you would expect from the Public Broadcasters of Socialism, this documentary is not entirely positive towards America. It shows Juan’s father “bitter,” disappointed with his inability to become rich in the U.S., and “defeated by the American dream for which he sacrificed everything in Nineteen Eighty.”  It takes viewers back to Cuba and depicts people there as relatively happy.

And Zaldivar identifies himself as part of a politically-correct minority, gays – while never mentioning Fidel Castro’s monstrous history of imprisoning, torturing and killing people simply because they are homosexuals.

But in this documentary we find that in Communist Cuba “instead of going to school, my class would join demonstrations that publicly humiliated the people who were deserting [leaving]. They were called ‘acts of hate.’ We’d build bond fires [sic]… And we’d make dummies out of uniforms that people left behind. We would stuff them with their pillows and then we would burn them…. One afternoon, I saw a mob of my school friends chasing a student and her mother. The mother was caught sneaking her daughter out of school to take her out of the country.”

In addition to such lynch-mob “acts of hate,” Zaldivar says: In Cuba we had to wear uniforms to school. In Miami, we could wear whatever we wanted. I didn’t like that. It created this atmosphere that there was nobody to answer to….”

“I remembered how safe one feels in a crowd,” he says of the Orwellian groupthink in Cuba.

“During the first two years [in Miami], I was very outspoken,” says Zaldivar. “I was still spouting out communist slogans.”

His father explains to him how Fidel and the Marxists too control over who got what in Cuba. “You had to apply and they gave you a house,” the father says. “When they came to check me out, they saw pictures of saints on the walls. So they never gave me a house.”  His father had supported Castro’s revolution, and continued to be a block leader for it prior to deciding to leave for the United States. He was a man insufficiently loyal to either system, viewers are left to conclude, and fell between the two stools.

This columnist has also seen Castro’s educational system firsthand, albeit briefly. As a journalist in Cuba to do a piece for the Los Angeles Times, I visited a Potemkin Village school shown off to foreign visitors. Oddly, the pride of this school was its adjoining factory, into which young students were marched to work half of each day, burning their hands with acid as they manufactured batteries.

If such a thing happened in the U.S., it would be denounced as brutal exploitation of child labor. Visiting Leftists to Fidel’s factory-school, of course, make no such criticisms of Cuba whatsoever.

And, needless to say, we were not shown how those who fail to conform and succeed as Communists in Cuba’s schools are required to live out their short lives in the hot sun cutting sugarcane for 10 Cuban pesos a month – much the way slaves lived in Cuba centuries ago.

This school had a black principal – the only instance in Cuba where I saw a black person in a position of power. As Cuban-American author Humberto Fontova (whose current best-seller is The Hellpig Hunt) explained to me, Leftist Hollywood movies about Cuba typically depict Castro’s revolutionaries overthrowing a blond, blue-eyed dictator Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar. Batista, however, in real life was a dark-skinned mulatto of black ancestry from a poor farming family.

It is Castro who embodies the white Spaniard colonial ruling class and whose father was a crime boss in Cuba….just as Fidel is a crime boss today. And under Batista Cuba had the third highest standard of living in the Western Hemisphere, while today this Marxist prison colony is near or at the bottom. This, notes Fontova, is typical of the lies America’s Leftist media use to brainwash Americans.

This is also typical of the lies in Cuban textbooks now being used by Hugo Chavez to enslave the children of Venezuela – and of the Left-slanted faculties that former Marxist intellectual David Horowitz has been fighting to diversify at the University of Denver and other institutions of higher learning.

Call it Red-ucation in the enslaving spirit of Karl Marx, not education in the empowering spirit of Thomas Jefferson and Condoleezza Rice.

Here’s one lesson to remember: a major 1986 textbook dealing with Marxist education lists 15 significant nations that were then Communist. Today, 18 years later, more than half of those nations are no longer Communist. Guess who is winning the global battle for hearts and minds.

A second lesson: as Condoleezza Rice so admirably teaches by example, we must never permit the collectivist thugs, here or abroad, to stifle or end the conversation.

Mr. Ponte hosts a national radio talk show Saturdays 6-9 PM Eastern Time (3-6 PM Pacific Time) and Sundays 9 PM-Midnight Eastern Time (6-9 PM Pacific Time) on the Liberty Broadcasting network (formerly TalkAmerica). Internet Audio worldwide is at LibertyBroadcasting .com. The show’s live call-in number is (888) 822-8255.  A professional speaker, he is a former Roving Editor for Reader’s Digest. 


Mr. Ponte hosts a national radio talk show Saturdays 6-9 PM Eastern Time (3-6 PM Pacific Time) and Sundays 9 PM-Midnight Eastern Time (6-9 PM Pacific Time) on the Liberty Broadcasting network (formerly TalkAmerica). Internet Audio worldwide is at LibertyBroadcasting .com. The show’s live call-in number is (888) 822-8255. A professional speaker, he is a former Roving Editor for Reader’s Digest.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; drcondoleezzarice; hugochavez; lowellponte; venezuela

1 posted on 01/14/2004 4:29:20 AM PST by SJackson
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To: *Dr._Condoleezza_Rice; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; Aaron_A; Abn1508; Alex P. Keaton; ALOHA RONNIE; angelo; ...
Condi! ping...
2 posted on 01/14/2004 6:00:03 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative ("Howard Dean is incontrovertible proof that God is on Bush's side in the 2004 election"- Dick Morris)
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3 posted on 01/14/2004 6:01:47 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative ("Howard Dean is incontrovertible proof that God is on Bush's side in the 2004 election"- Dick Morris)
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To: SJackson
"PRESIDENT RICE" sure does have a nice sound to it.
We can hope!
4 posted on 01/14/2004 6:46:39 AM PST by cpdiii (RPH, and Oil Field Trash (an educated roughneck))
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To: SJackson
Thanks for the article. It bothers me that so many have tried to discredit her and make her appear inferior. They don't realize that not many national security advisors have been called to the level of importance that she has, yet they want to criticize her and make her appear incompetent. I'm glad she's a strong woman that can withstand this pressure. I'm sure it is difficult especially since she does not have a large family support system to help her through this. Blessing to George Bush who will not waiver in his support of her. She's just doing her job in calling out Chavez for what he is; a thug that needs to go!
5 posted on 01/14/2004 6:47:15 AM PST by rave123
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To: SJackson
Great read - thanks for the post!
6 posted on 01/14/2004 6:49:04 AM PST by jonno (We are NOT a democracy - though we are democratic. We ARE a constitutional republic.)
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To: mhking
ping
7 posted on 01/14/2004 7:29:53 AM PST by SJackson
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To: rave123
I like Rice and admire her for her smarts and the ability to see the contradictions of the Democratic lifestyle and the support by blacks of that lifestyle. I do want to ask some questions. This Wilson leak thing - the ambassador - or clown as Ann Coulter refers to him - with the CIA wife and the supposed leak from the White House. Does anyone here believe that Condi is the one that dropped this on Novak? Regardless of she is the one, do you think the media will pounce on her as the one even if nothing directly connects her to it? Do you think the media will use this to discredit her in an effort to prevent any White House ambitions she may have in the future? Your thoughts?
8 posted on 01/14/2004 7:38:10 AM PST by 7thson (I think it takes a big dog to weigh a 100 pounds.)
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Black conservative ping

If you want on (or off) of my black conservative ping list, please let me know via FREEPmail. (And no, you don't have to be black to be on the list!)

Extra warning: this is a high-volume ping list.

9 posted on 01/14/2004 7:38:47 AM PST by mhking (I like my coffee extra crunchy, thank you...)
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To: SJackson

10 posted on 01/14/2004 7:52:59 AM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: cpdiii
2008 my friend... if 'my senator' runs in 2008 you won't have to wonder who is ripping down Hillary Clinton signs all over Nassau County.
11 posted on 01/14/2004 8:03:00 AM PST by cyborg
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To: SJackson
Good editorial. Bump!
12 posted on 01/14/2004 8:28:24 AM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: mhking
That church bombing in Birmingham was indeed terrorism.


13 posted on 01/14/2004 8:47:15 AM PST by rdb3 (Never enough muscle to stop a tertiary hustle.)
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To: 7thson
I do not believe she was the one that leaked the information (if you want to call it a leak). I believe this because the media continues to say two males leaked the information, and remember she was away in Africa or just returning when this came about. I think she gave her comments on the plane to the media in route to the US. And did not have much dealings with the Wilson guy(if you remember she did not even know of the trip until after the report). I still believe it was someone more closely related to the white house media staff. I also suspect it was Cheney or some of his direct staff. As for Rice being pounced on in the media to discredit her, they are constantly doing this but if she is smart, she will stay the course and not let them get to her. She is a smart lady with a great deal of potential no matter what is being said about her. And remember, she has one of the most influential families in America behind her.
True there are many blacks that say bad things about her, but there is a great deal of support for her in the black community regardless of the aaron mcgruder, harry belafonte or any one else that has nasty things to say about her, she is still respected. Notice the admiration she received on Oprah and the events that she has been invited to surrounding African Americans. It is the media that takes the left approach of reporting about her.
14 posted on 01/14/2004 9:01:58 AM PST by rave123
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Condoleezza Rice ~ bump!
15 posted on 01/14/2004 9:18:35 AM PST by blackie
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To: *bang_list
Russian expert Michael McFaul, writes Russakoff, “remembers [Condoleezza] Rice telling him she opposed gun control and even gun registration because Bull Connor could have used it to disarm her father and others” in 1963.
16 posted on 01/14/2004 11:48:29 AM PST by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: mhking
No contest here. Condi Bump!!!
17 posted on 01/14/2004 12:01:40 PM PST by JustPiper (Register Independent and Write-In Tancredo for March !!!!)
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To: SJackson
Pro 2nd Condi Bump!!!
18 posted on 01/14/2004 12:25:00 PM PST by Kennesaw
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To: mhking
Could you please ping your Black Conservative list for the other Frontpage article:

Portrait of a Democrat(Alice Huffman)

19 posted on 01/14/2004 1:15:32 PM PST by Eva
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To: mhking
Well, I think Chavez' message with this insult is that he cannot stand the thought of this brilliant, beautiful woman who is so full of wisdom and integrity holding such a powerful position in such a powerful nation! His insult is the sputtering of an impotent man.
20 posted on 01/14/2004 9:01:09 PM PST by WaterDragon (GWB is The MAN!)
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To: SJackson
bttt
21 posted on 01/18/2004 7:21:05 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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