CMSMJ1 wrote:How do you reconcile the dudes launching suicide attacks to those doing what the elected governments are asking of them?
JohnsonsEvilTwin wrote:I think this needs perspective.
Basically America was happy to let Venezuela continue its corrupt ways, turning a blind eye to injustices that occurred prior to Chaves democratic appointment.
The poor were neglected for too long, and they are the swing vote in Venezuela.
So when Chaves military coup failed, he was elevated into the public eye as a romantic rebel leader similar to that of Che Guevara. People liked him.
Since his appointment 2 things have happened very quickly.
1.The country has grown richer.
2.Its infrastructure was near totally rebuilt were possible. He introduced massive social spending that has expanded health and education programs. It is said to be of very high standard. He has also openly confronts the United States, which he describes as a decadent empire.
Since taking office, Chávez has sold oil to Cuba - a longtime adversary of the United States - and resisted US plans to stop narcotics trafficking in nearby Colombia. He also helped guerrilla forces in neighboring countries. Over the years, Chavez has threatened to stop supplying oil to the United States if there is another attempt to remove him from power. He did, however, donate heating oil to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, which destroyed numerous fuel processing facilities.
He isnt perfect, and his people grow tiresome. He is probably also reaping the benefits of the current oil price. But at least he is investing in the country.
Saddam Hussein or Ahmedinejad this guy is not. America would like you to think so, but he is a marked step down from the above.
Unsavoury but an improvement on what preceded him.
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