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The Wall Street Journal Calls Hugo Chavez A Threat to World Peace

by Laurent GUERBY Tue Jun 27th, 2006 at 02:10:10 AM EST

From Venezuela News (Venezuela government sponsored):

You won't find commentary and language any more hostile to Hugo Chavez than on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal.  Their June 23 piece by Mary Anastasia O'Grady in the Americas column is a clear, jaw-dropping example.


The O'Grady article is about the elections scheduled to take place in the fall for five non-permanent UN Security Council seats to be held in 2007. One of them will be for the Latin American seat now held by Argentina.  The two countries vying to fill the opening are Guatemala and Venezuela, and the other countries in the region will vote on which one will get it.


The idea of a Chavez-led government holding a seat on the Security Council does not go down well in Washington


The WSJ's June 23 editorial is titled "A Vote for Venezuela Is a Vote for Iran."


I don't have a reference for the WSJ article (anyone?).

Are some European (was: USA) medias drawing a different picture of Hugo Chavez?

What do Eurotribers (was: Kossacks) know and think about Hugo Chavez actions as president of Venezuela?

Hugo Chavez is / His policies are for his country
. A dictator / Bad policies 6%
. A dictator / Neutral policies 0%
. A dictator / Good policies 0%
. Somewhere in between / Bad policies 6%
. Somewhere in between / Neutral policies 13%
. Somewhere in between / Good policies 40%
. Respects democracy / Bad policies 0%
. Respects democracy / Neutral policies 0%
. Respects democracy / Good policies 33%

Votes: 15
Results | Other Polls
Originally posted at Daily Kos
by Laurent GUERBY on Tue Jun 27th, 2006 at 02:11:06 AM EST
What's difficult is to get a truly accurate of just who and what Chavez is. He's democratically elected...but for how long? Can he be re-elected, or is there a term limit? That sort of thing. I think his mouth can be his enemy, though he has done a lot to help the poor...even in the US, ironically.

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Tue Jun 27th, 2006 at 06:03:17 AM EST
He can be re-elected once, and elections will be this year.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jun 27th, 2006 at 06:09:12 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I don't see what's so good about his policies. He's selling oil below market price in order to develop political support, which would seem to undercut his country's need for cash. He's encouraging the nationalization of oil infrastructure, a policy that has already been shown to be a disaster in most instances. It seems to me that he's spending a lot of time working up useless anti-American sentiment instead of trying to solve his own problems.
by asdf on Wed Jun 28th, 2006 at 08:44:03 AM EST
The core point is that Chavez, despite some undemocratic activity earlier in his career (when he attempted a coup), is now the clear democratric choice of the majority of the Venezuelan population to be the President.

Venezuela holds what are generally considered free and fair elections. There is another coming up soon.

Whether Chavez is a fit person to be President of Venezuela is a matter for the Venezuelans not the Americans. Probably the hostility of the United States contributes greatly to his popularity.

Venezuela, as a sovereign state, has every right to conduct its economy and its foreign policy as it wishes. Washington may not like it but Chavez has far more friends in Latin America than Bush does.

The ostensible purpose of the Monroe doctrine was to prevent European powers from interfering in the western hemisphere not to make the Latin American countries American colonies.

by Gary J on Wed Jun 28th, 2006 at 03:14:39 PM EST

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