Monday, May 08, 2006
The Observer has an exstensive article on Hugo Chavez and what he means to Venezuela, Latin America, and the World at large. Its an iteresting article because unlike most things about him which either vilify him as a dictator trying to take over all of latin america, or else they swing so far the opposite way to where they praise him as a saint come to show us the light. And the reality is as usual somewhere in between the extreames. First off he is NOT a dictator, we was elected by a margin unheard of in american politics. he has around a 70% approval rating, most of the dissent comming from the upper and middle class. He has made the poor his ally by genuinely trying to improve the lives of the poor. And if you have never been to a third world nation then I suggest you do, it will help you to understand why the world dislikes america, and its not because of our "freedoms." This into why the people love him and then shows that he like many leaders are using fear of attack to prompt an expanded military. I didnt get a chance to finish reading but it seems well done.