Coup in Venezuela in progress.
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
(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.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Humphries" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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?