Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Second-Rate Dictators Club!

This article both amused and depressed me: amused because you have to wonder if Chavez and Lukashenko really take themselves seriously or are just being ridiculous to look good for their people; and depressed because of the way they're hurting the average Venezuelan and Belarussian. Seriously, though, if you were going to write an Onion article about the posturing of irrelevant countries, you'd probably pick these two. You'd write something like:

Venezuela, Belarus form strategic alliance in order to combat US hegemony

And then you'd have quotes like these:

"After a day of intensive work, we have created a strategic alliance between our countries," [Chavez] said, speaking through an interpreter. "It is absolutely vital to protect our homeland, to guard against internal and external threats. The jaws of imperialism and hegemonism have both us and Belarus in their grip."

Wait, those quotes are real? I see...

This is not good, either.

5 Comments:

At 12:19 PM, Blogger RedHurt said...

I mean, it's not good, but a single F-22 can still down his entire air force before he'll see us on the radar, so I'm not really worried about the Venezuelan invasion. He'd never be able to be so bold if he posed any real threat...Chavez does it all for show. It's pandering to his crowd of anti-American supporters - he knows we don't care about him, so he can get away with it for now. The second he becomes a legitimate threat you'll see him shut up real fast.

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger J. Morgan Caler said...

I read an article about 2 months ago that argued that Chavez is actually a much bigger threat to U.S. interests and regional hegemony than anyone has yet let on.

I don't know enough about it to have an opinion, but why does redhurt think he is just "pandering to his crowd of anti-American supporters" and why does Charles think him a "second-rate dictor?"

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger Jackscolon said...

Is it just me, or are socialists no longer scary? I'm with J. Morgan that I'm uninformed about the topic, but what could Chavez do that I actually would care about? I can't think of anything...

 
At 9:03 AM, Blogger J. Morgan Caler said...

Probably change this quite a bit. Or, he may buy up some of this to exert more regional influence.

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger CharlesPeirce said...

I don't necessarily think he is a second-rate dictator. On the one hand, it appears he was legitimately elected; on the other, he first attempted to seize power in violent coups in the early 90's. On the one hand, he's promoted education; on the other, Venezuela's GDP is artificially inflated by oil revenue.

What do you think?

 

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