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Originally posted by nikelbee
I think you have the wrong idea. My aim was not to lambast you at all. I was trying to explain the unfortunate drug problem in Latin America and why it is unfair to pin the blame solely on the countries manufacturing the drugs. My rhetoric was not directed at you. It is fair to say that in order to argue something, one must be well informed about the various different sides of the argument. I was acting as devil's advocate for the 'war on drugs'.
Chavez has many faults and Venezuela (like a lot of South America) is in need of serious economic, political and progressive help. I just think it is too easy to accept the propaganda about Chavez' *evil* socialism because it echoes the US government's agenda.
Originally posted by Nakash
Well, most of the decent leaders Latinamerica has had (Peron, Fujimori,etc.) did these sort of things in their youth. Fact is he was elected on a landslide verified by the Carter institute and the UN. The people love him. You do have a point, but thing is, if he wanted to be a dictator, he would be by now. He is after all an army man with only a feeble school of the Americas division being the only part opposed to him seizing absolute power (which hasn't happened until now).
Originally posted by Peruvianmonk
To be fair he provides alot of money and help to countries surrounding him and in his own country
Originally posted by ThePieMaN
Lets not forget he kept good on his word to help poor americans with heating oil when American Oil companies were reporting record profits and doing nothing but raising the prices. Maybe its just PR but still its more then Pat Robertson who said he should be assasinated did or Exxon did for the americans that needed help.
When he first made that offer I figured it was just talk, but over the winter there was a news article on his selling heating oil to poor americans below current prices. I thought that was a great gesture.