March 15, 2007

THEIR TOMBSTONES HAVE RED STARS:

The liberal war on democracy (John Pilger, 19 March 2007, New Statesmen)

Elected last December with a record landslide of votes cast by three-quarters of the eligible population - his 11th major election victory - Hugo Chávez expresses the kind of genuine exuberant democracy long ago abandoned in Britain. In this country, the political class offers instead the arthritic pirouetting of Tony Blair, a criminal, and Gordon Brown, the paymaster of imperial adventures fought by 18-year-old soldiers who, on their return home, are so ill treated that there is no one to change their colostomy bag.

Chávez, having all but got rid of the deadly IMF from Latin America, dares to use the wealth from Venezuela's oil to unite the Latin peoples and to expel a foreign economic system that calls itself liberal and is the source of historic suffering. He is supported by governments and by millions across South America from whom he derives his mandate.

You would not know this on either side of the Atlantic unless you studied carefully. The propaganda that converts a lively, open democracy to an "authoritarian" dictatorship is written on the rusted crosses of Salvador Allende's comrades, of whom the same was said.


Well, he's certainly right that it was killing Allende and company that made Chile a lively democracy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 15, 2007 7:45 AM
Comments

Someone who thinks that Chavez's Carter endorsed "victories" are signs of "exuberant democracy" is the kind of gullible fool whose opinions can be safely ignored.

(And "gullible fool" is being charitable, as the other alternatives are "useful idiot", "willing dupe", and "voluntary propagandist.")

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 15, 2007 12:18 PM

Apparently in Pilger's alternate universe an "exuberant democracy" is characterized by a leader who "reforms" the constitution to bestow "Presidente-for-life" status upon himself...who knew?

Posted by: b at March 15, 2007 12:38 PM

He wants to be Hugo, he's projecting.

Posted by: Sandy P at March 15, 2007 12:59 PM

The US is ignoring Chavez because he is too unimportant to worry about. If he ever poses any perceived danger, he will be gone in a heartbeat. The praise from the left and the teeth grinding from the right about Chavez both amuses me. Peron without a musical.

Posted by: Bob at March 15, 2007 1:32 PM

Mr. Pilger's ignorance of history and willful blindness are far too common; I despair such will be with us forever. Their ideas are so superficially seductive they overcome all reason.

"Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not." - Jeremiah 5:21

Posted by: jd watson at March 15, 2007 2:01 PM
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