Sunday, September 24, 2006

The fur flies 

Chavez’s speech at the U.N. sure does seem to have shaken things up. Much of the media has literally gone nuts over what he said and in some instances they have clearly taken leave of their senses. But in reality we always knew this propaganda would be coming. No matter what your democratic credentials if you stand up to the U.S., not to mention poke a finger in their eye, you WILL draw their ire as has been shown by some of these comments:

"He is an everyday thug," - Nancy Pelosi

“In many other countries, including Venezuela where Chavez's leadership looks a lot like a dictatorship, calling a country's leader "the devil" would be inviting jail or worse.” - The Charlotte Observer

“The Venezuelan dictator provoked this…” – Wall Street Journal editorial , Friday September 22, 2006

“Indeed, any expression of dissent, public or in private, against any public official is punishable with prison.” By Thor Halvorsen in the New York Post

"The real issue here is he knows he can exercise freedom of speech on that podium, and as I say, he could exercise it in Central Park, too. How about giving the same freedom to the people of Venezuela?" – U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton

Which provoked this from U.S. Senator John McCain

"He's smart, he's tough, he will respond to these guys. And he could talk back to these two-bit dictators who have the airfare to New York." – John McCain on John Bolton

With all due respect to Mr. McCain the only thing here that seems “two-bit” are the thinking processes of this pack of idiots. Chavez a dictator? I don’t know, but after this this, and this I tend to think of him more as the duly elected President of Venezuela.

And as to not being able to speak freely in Venezuela that certainly would be news to these people much less the people carrying this sign or this sign. Hate to break the news to Mr. Bolton but if anything there is MORE freedom of expression in Venezuela than in the U.S.

And as for thugishness I tend to think telling a country threatening to bomb a country “back to the Stone Age” constitutes bullying much more than calling someone the devil.

All of this is to be expected. The democratic and popular transition taking place in Venezuela has never been something the powers that be in the U.S. liked. It is a threat, not because of what Venezuela itself could ever do but because of what an example it represents for so many other people in the rest of the world. The would like to stop Venezuela in its tracks and if they have to lie they will do it. And really there is no lie to small or too big or just too plain silly for them. Witness this nonsense from today:

HUGO CHAVEZ got the attention that he craves by comparing President Bush to Satan last week. But the Venezuelan leader's absurd talk may be less threatening than his equally absurd incompetence. Since Mr. Chávez took power seven years ago, Venezuela has mismanaged its oil so disastrously that production may have fallen by almost half, according to the estimates of outsiders, reducing global oil supply by a bit more than 1 percent. Along with natural disasters and Nigerian rebels, Mr. Chávez's ineptitude has contributed to high energy prices


To the extent that Mr. Chávez's wild talk stirs up anti-American feeling, he must be regarded as an irritant. If he secures a temporary seat on the U.N. Security Council, as he hopes to do next month, he will doubtless render U.N. diplomacy even more challenging than it is already. Yet it is not the United States but rather Mr. Chávez's own countrymen who should most fear his intentions. Venezuela's courts, media organizations and civil society groups have been bullied into submission, and Mr. Chávez is talking about a constitutional change that would allow him to remain in power indefinitely. "The people should not be stripped of their right if they wish to reelect a compatriot whoever it may be three, four, five, six times," he said recently.

Of course, Venezuelan oil production has not done anything like drop 50% under Chavez, as any international agencies statistics will clearly show anyone who bothers to read them (comically, one gullible and dense opposition blogger reprinted this editorial in full apparently clueless as to its mendacity). Moreover, as anyone who reads this or watches this will know, no-one in Venezuela has been bullied into submission in Venezuela. But if the Washington Post keeps this up their credibility might just drop by 50%.

These are indeed dark days for those who oppose Chavez. The anti-Chavez forces in Venezuela see a light at the end of the tunnel but they know it’s the light of an oncoming train. And not one of the new trains Chavez is building all over Venezuela. Rather it is the train of the wildly popular Chavez heading to another massive victory at the polls.

Abroad the anti-Chavez forces are fighting to keep his example from spreading elsewhere, sometimes successfully sometimes unsuccessfully. But fight they will. So expect the fur to keep flying and the wild, mendacious, and absurd accusations to keep coming. Fortunately this fact based blog won't run out of non-sense to debunk anytime soon!


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