Long Live Chávez & A Just Venezuela!
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2002
I was in Caracas not too long ago, came away with the same impression: Very nice people in general, beautiful country, but handicapped by a very racist and class prejudiced society which represents the Latin America and Caribbean of the slave and colonial era which, regrettably, still persist. We will never progress as a people or region, if these societies of the kind Chávez met do not reform. Anyone who calls a country where a 5% elite controls 90% of the wealth democratic is living in loony tune land. And for sure, Chávez did not cause that situation, he met it so and has been trying to change it for the better--if only the oil managers would allow the country's wealth to be invested internally and not be transported to Miami and elsewhere.
I am with you 100% And I pray and hope that Venezuelans of all stripes will wake up and confront the nightmare of inequity which grips so many countries in our region, like theirs, and not try scapegoat Chávez. He may have been provocative in his speech, and his style could have been more diplomatic, but all these coup planners have been allowed to demonstrate and plot, without one arrest. Generals calling for rebellion, in uniform, and not one court martial? A court which states that there was no coup, and not one justice sent home? Let a US general call for the overthrow of George Bush from Lafayette Square in Washington, and see how fast he would be clapped in irons?
Dictatorship under Chávez? What a joke.
As President, he has treated his opposition in a most Christ-like fashion. If this were the "democratic" Chile, Colombia or El Salvador they praise so much, they would have been packed into stadiums, shot at the altar, or their unionist buried in garbage dumps. That happened all the time in those other "democracies"; has it happened in Venezuela? Yet they call the man a dictator!!!?? Give me a break, those folk must not know their own history or they may have overdosed on cappuccino from their favorite Chacao Starbucks, or its local twin.
The Caribbean, indeed the world, can do without such "democrats" who oppress those who come from a lower station in life, or whose skin tan goes toward the dark side of the color line. Anyway, it's too late now. I believe the eyes of the people have been opened and even if they kill Chávez, he has already won!
Let freedom for all, not just the rich and powerful, ring!
Long Live Chávez and A Free Venezuela!