Coup in Venezuela in progress.

Gordon Mohr gojomo@usa.net
Fri, 12 Apr 2002 01:13:29 -0700


Not that I expect it to interfere with your reflexive 
crankiness in assuming everything is a right-wing
conspiracy, but you should keep in mind:

(1) Before being elected, Chavez' main claim to fame
was an attempted coup. 

(2) A broad coalition of business and labor groups
have initiated a general strike against his policies,
which have included a centralization of power calling
the viability of future elections as a check on Chavez
into question. 

(3) In reaction, among other things, Chavez acted 
to shut down 5 private television stations.

(4) It remains to be seen if a right-wing strongman
will emerge; the military and popular opposition so
far has merely called for his resignation and new
elections.

We shall see how it turns out, but it doesn't seem
fair to call this a simple left-wing tyrant vs. right-wing
tyrant power play. 

- Gordon

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill Humphries" <bill@whump.com>
To: <fork@xent.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2002 11:41 PM
Subject: Re: Coup in Venezuela in progress.


On Thursday, April 11, 2002, at 08:28 PM, John Hall wrote:

> Getting rid of Chavez is almost certainly a plus. He could hardly be 
> replaced with someone worse.

Hah. So a rightist tyrant is better than Fidel Jr.?
Tyrants are tyrants.
Whatever happened to elections?

-- whump



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