Coup in Venezuela in progress.

Gordon Mohr
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

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" <>
To: <>
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