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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Hugo Chavez Should Look to Saddam Hussein as a Warning

When I criticized Hugo Chavez on a blog once, I was asked why I disliked him so much. I had to retreat from my assault because I had no examples of such high crimes as Saddam Hussein. I also realized that many around the world do not have the ability to recognize a thug before it is obvious. To me it is already obvious that Hugo Chavez is a thug moving in a direction toward tyranical dictatorship.

Such people at this stage begin with solidifying their power base. Once the power base is secured to a strong enough degree, there is no stopping them in whatever they want to do within their own country. Any citizen who has something the dictator wants must yield it or die: a beautiful wife or daughter, valuable land, a successful business. To maintain the power base and guard against overthrow or assasination thousands must then die. They may be innocent, but their deaths will serve as an example to others who might think of such things.

Chavez has taken another step in solidifying his power base. Captains Quarters Blog is posting about Chavez shutting down a broadcast station he views as hostile to his regime. Chavez is denying freedom of speech and freedom of the press to Radio Caracas TV. This station 's actions that have garnered such loss of freedom:

- Support of the coup that briefly removed Chavez from power
- Support of a 2003 protest strike against Chavez
- Support of the opposition in the election against Chavez

Captain Ed also provided a good link to a Reporters Without Borders 2006 report listing several other attacks by Chavez against a free press. The writing on the wall is clear. The direction that Chavez is going is undeniable. However there are those who look at the social programs of Chavez, the cheap heating oil gestures to the poor in the U.S., the cheap shots against the U.S. calling Bush the Devil. Some think that loss of freedom of speech is worth it. Some think loss of a free press is OK. They think that the move toward tyrannical dictatorship is something to yawn over. They, however, will not be there to suffer when the murdering and torture begins. They will safely be in their country that enjoys freedom from such "inconveniences".

The world body yawns and shrugs against the same loss of liberty in other parts of the world: the middle east, Russia, China, North Korea. They only awake from their stupor to laugh when a "leader" from these regions attempts to shove a stick into the eye of America. They are only angered when such thugs are challenged by the U.S. It is these liberals who claim to care about people and yet let thousands fall under these threatening dictators. It is liberals who claim to care about freedom of speech and the press, yet look away when their hero takes away such freedom.

Hugo Chavez will go the way of Saddam Hussein. He may not commit atrocities to the level of Saddam; but if his direction is not successfully challenged, he will have much blood on his hands before he dies. Justice has come to Saddam. Chavez should look and fear, because it may come to him one day if he pursues this path.

17 Comments:

  • At 1:34 PM, Blogger MarxistFromLebanon said…

    Do you work for CNN?

     
  • At 7:18 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    mfl,

    Thanks for visiting and commenting.

    I will try not to take that as an insult :)

    No, I do not work for CNN. I am an IT Project Manager in the transportation sector.

     
  • At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    one of the pitfalls of the internet is that it gives a voice to many ignorant fools.

     
  • At 8:08 PM, Blogger Incognito said…

    A great blog is http://caracaschronicles.blogspot.com.

    What I see potentially happening there is what happened to Cuba. Castro came in as a Socialist and within a very short time established his Communist regime. Granted they have free education and medical but that's about it. No other freedoms.

     
  • At 9:37 PM, Blogger Return to Westernesse said…

    Another pitfall of the Internet - anonymity.

     
  • At 12:08 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    anonymous,

    So it must be refreshing to find my blog and escape the ignorant fools for a respite.

     
  • At 12:12 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    incognito,

    You are probably right. Castro and Cuba are another area I need to study in more detail. From what I know there are many similarities. I think I have seen that blog you referenced, but I will check it out.

     
  • At 12:18 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    r2w,

    I expect to see a response that your monicker is just as anonymous as "anonymous". This of course is not so. People may not know who our personal identities are, but they know when I write something it is from me. My writings are open to scrutiny and comparison for consistency. The thread also gives continuity that has value beyond the motive of critique; it gives context to what I say when read over time.

     
  • At 3:49 AM, Blogger Justin Delacour said…

    The plain and simple truth is that you're incapable of backing up your charges against Chavez with facts.

    In order to educate yourself, you might want to begin by reading an article at this URL: http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2796

     
  • At 5:22 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Justin,

    Thanks for visiting. Sorry, but I do not accept a link alone as a debate point. Please make your points here for me and all to read and I will address them.

    My charges against Chavez is that he is denying freedoms to others in order to solidify his power base. I cited examples which are documented. Please provide proof to the contrary if you think I am wrong.

     
  • At 8:15 PM, Anonymous patriot said…

    Justin wasn't offering this link as a debate point, he was offering it as a reference guide that is full of well documented information about Chavez and Venezuela. You should at least give it a read. It's very informative and won't take more than 10 minutes.

     
  • At 9:20 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Sorry, I have been down that rabbit trail before. If Justin wants to make a claim then he needs to list the points here. It is great when commenters then support the points they make from links, but my time is too limited to chase stories and try to read people's minds as to what points they are trying to make.

    If Justin has a point let him make it instead of leaving a drive-by generic insult and a link that will waste my time.

    So patriot, are you going to support a guy like Chavez who is slowly taking away freedoms one by one? Or is freedom of the press only good for some people?

     
  • At 3:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    RCTV will lose their licence to broadcast over the free airwaves, which will be opened up for community access. But RCTV is free to turn itself into a cable channel. No freedom? That's just crap. Folks, there's really no crisis here! Here is the irrefutable proof: a rabid opposition guy working out of the UK went to Venezuela in September to work on Manuel Rosales election campaign. This is what he wrote after 4 months of campaign and his side losing the election (newsflash: the "dictator" held an election!)

    "Having being in my country for nearly 4 months now has given me much time to ponder about the utility of continuing with the crusade that I once embarked upon, that of reporting Venezuela’s crisis. When I started back in October 2002 an almost physical need to tell our side of the story prompted me to launch this site, learn to write in English, inform, counteract with facts other versions, lobby, investigate and create an outlet where I could vent the anger caused by the misinformation spread around about Venezuela. Much writing I did and many, many, many hours were spent on this endeavour. My perception about the situation has changed though and the change has come about by being much closer to the country’s reality. “Our side of the story” is an empty concept nowadays, it no longer applies. To begin with there’s no crisis here"....

    ..."I once felt that my dignity was being trampled upon. I once believed that by exposing the vices and double discourse of chavismo I was doing my bit for my country. No more. Most of my countrymen, on both sides of the divide, think otherwise and behave accordingly. Chavismo is but a manifestation of Venezolanismo and its time has come. The country has changed for good, those who were in the back of the list are now in power and with a fresh mandate. Whatever comes after depends on them, in the meanwhile many folks around are having the time of their lives."

    Based on this, let me now predict the exact number of mass graves of government-sponsored, murdered opposition folks in the next 6 years: zero! After that, there is another election....

     
  • At 11:43 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    RCTV will lose their licence to broadcast over the free airwaves, which will be opened up for community access. But RCTV is free to turn itself into a cable channel.

    You are confirming my point. Lose their license is such passive wording for license being taken away because the dictator does not like what they say. The fact is that liberals would be livid if CBS lost their license due to their opposition to the current administration. I don't think liberals would be passified by CBS being told they could become a cable channel.

     
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