Friday, March 04, 2005

What Chavez is doing to Venezuela

Many of you know that I spent 2 years in Venezuela as a missionary. I'm really saddened to see what President Hugo Chavez is doing to the country. He’s rolling the clock back big time and things there are looking and sounding a big too much like Cuba in the 1950s. This article in TCS talks about the growing Socialist government and the land grabs that the government is making, and not just figuratively. The man really believes he’s the dictator and has be consolidating power for years in spite of massive protests. The people are losing any say in the government and quickly losing a voice in major parts of their lives. As Venezuela is an oil producing nation, this is particularly troubling for the US. (I sure wish that wasn’t a factor, but it most certainly is) Hugo thinks Bush has put a “hit” out on him and that CIA assassins are roaming the streets of Caracas. He’s openly embracing Castro and thumbing his nose at the US – in a different way than the Europeans. All the while inflation is rampant and the people of that country, who I learned to love, are suffering more and more. Score one for the bad guys. I have a lot more to say about this, and I will, but for now I'll just say this: let’s pay attention to what’s happening down there.

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