Monday, May 16, 2005

Whats Cuba got to do with it? 

Again and again the Venezuelan oppenents of Chavez accuse him of trying to convert the country into another Cuba. The fallacy of this has been pointed out on this blog before but given that the opposition keeps repeating this assertion it is worthwhile to keep rebutting it. To that end it is interesting what President Chavez said yesterday in his weekly TV program Alo Presidente:

" We cannot copy the Cuban model and we are not going to copy it. Cuba is Cuba and Venezuela is Venezuela. Each country has its own peculiarities"

"In Cuba there is a model that is a product of particular circumstances. And here there is a model that is a product of other circumstances. Does Cuba advocate socialism? Yes. Us too. But each country has its own circumstances and its own model."

Chavez went on to point out how socialism takes many different forms in countrys like China, Brazil, and Spain and that no one complains about Spain becoming another Cuba when it elects a socialist government.

So there you have it straight from the horses mouth.


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