Hugos mistake



I admire none but a few. In that tiny set, you can find Hugo Chavez. The pace of reform may be slower than our impatience expects and Venezuela may still have many problems, but his transformation into a country for all from a country of the elite, is glorious history in the making.


I express my admiration and hope for Chavez and the Venezuelan people to my father and he cautions me. “When Mugabe came to prominence, I greatly admired him, his struggles and his aims. Now look at him. Power corrupts l’d keep an eye on Chavez.” says my father whose wisdom always makes me feel I will never achieve par.


I tempestuously dismiss his wisdom and believe Hugo is different, despite a residual feeling of unease that my father saw potential problems unlike me.


But the fact of the matter is that Chavez’s multiple successful election into office speaks for itself. His solidarity with Ecuador, Bolivia and Cuba in the face of aggressive neoconazi US policy and the US vassal Colombia, strengthens the Bolivarian spirit inside those still with souls.


But what Hugo did the othe day is a big mistake.


On September 18 008, Venezuela expelled human rights watch staff José Miguel Vivanco and Daniel Wilkinson after they held a press conference criticising aspects of Chavez’s government.


HRW statement: Venezuela: Human Rights Watch Delegation Expelled


It does not matter if people protest HRW issued a politicised report, because critical analysis and reflection upon it, is an essential part of a healthy society. If the report was wrong the government should take effort to contest it.


Banning critical elements in ANY society has invariably proven to encourage a slide into corruption and fascism.


Venezuela is not such a society but with each expulsion the road to fascism widens and beckons its traveller more greater vigour.


HRW Report: A Decade Under Chávez


NGO’s reporting on the problems of ones society is something to be welcomed. Those problems which have been identified can then be acted against. If this silly blog manages to reach the ears of officials and friends of comrade Chavez, please advise against this course for action.



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8 Responses to “Hugos mistake”

  1. 1 American Backyard September 21, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Hugo Chávez is a dog. The USA will do want it wants to your tiny country and you will give the US the oil it wants when it wants it. Bend over.

  2. 2 lwtc247 September 22, 2008 at 5:43 am

    LOL. Thanks Mr Monroe (or was it Mr Magoo???)

  3. 3 steph September 23, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    The problem is that HRW isn’t an NGO it’s effectively an arm of the Democrat party, that is sponsored primarily by George Soros and other American undesirables. He had every right to throw out HRW, as does every other country, what they do is engage in espionage and propoganda. Why should any country allow foreign NGOs to spy on them and try and destabilise the government, which is what George Soros’ is all about?

  4. 4 lwtc247 September 24, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Hi steph.
    He has the right – yes, and as far as I know, he’s only thrown out two such people, so it’s not that bad.

    But although the report is clearly skewed (e.g. under ‘media‘ it neglects to quantify the ratio of opposition media to pro-govt media – a massive inequality in favour of the opposition) IMO, it would be far better to issue a detailed retort against its bias. I would embarrass HRW and make them more likely a proper job of what it is they charge themselves with doing, and less able to be the tool of the US.

    Also Hugo isn’t going to last forever, isn’t this is his last term yes? If a culture of ‘expulsions’ is established, it is possible that Hugo’s successor may use that ‘culture’ for expediency.

    If genuine human rights activists start to be wary of reporting what they find, it will only provide cover for the oppressive force, whatever that may be, causing the uncovered problem.

    Plus, it will be publicised in the corporate MSM as being something like: ‘Chavez throws out human rights monitors’ implying ALL HR workers, implying he did so because he violates HR. You know the US corporate MSM will do this, although I suppose in one aspect it doesn’t really matter because there are many powerful nations that are friendly to Venezuela and Chavez which probably understand the sneaky tricks played against Venezuela, so there not likely to swallow the propaganda, but it could sway the FOX Newz population into supporting some kind of military action against Chavez, like the MSM is guilty of complacency in the run up to the Iraq war and tries to sanitize.

    I believe HR organizations have a role to play. It is hard to stop them being politicised (heck even the IAEA has a politicised elements and it’s going o strengthen once Dr. Al-Baradei leaves) but they do have a useful role in helping identify problems and enabling caring governments to do something about it.

    Anyway, VIVA Chavez, VIVE the people of South America. VIVA the Bolivarian Revolution.

    P.S. Last week it was the 10th anniversary of the Cuba 5. There’s a short article on it at “JUST” headed by the noble Dr. Chandra Muzzafar.

  5. 5 steph September 24, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Completely disagree, Human rights are a facade of western neo-colonialism, it’s soft imperialism, and NGOs like HRW and AI ought to be violently opposed, these are the same groups that tried to lead a “non-violent” coup against Hezbollah and impose a pro Zionist regime in Lebanon. As far as I’m concerned Human rights groups shouldn’t operate out of their own countries.

  6. 6 lwtc247 September 24, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve seen AI, HRW getting accused of being pawns before, and I think it’s a ‘given’ that there wll be shades of this within their structure, but the degree to which they are tools for manipulation… hummm.. I feel it’s bit too hard for me to think these organisation are set up entirely for imperialistic purposes..

    I think your suggestion that they should operate only within their own country is very good. I know AI specifically refuse to do this saying it puts HR workers at greater personal risk. What would you advocate as a mechanism to ensure HR workers arn’t targetted? – the critical findings of HR investigators is likely to be proportional to the despotic tendancies of its leadership and hence be under more danger of state sponsored reprisals. Uzbekistan is probably a good example where nationals criticising the govt would be boiled to death in water.

    I’m not familiar with these org’s being involved with Hezbollah/Lebanon. That’s worrying. Whatever the flaws of the Party of God, they seem to be the line of best resistance to Zionist expansionism.

    It should be noted also that Chavez didn’t expel HRW or AI or any other org, but merely two workers. I was worried that all floods begin with a drip.

  7. 7 steph September 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    If you got a few hours read some of the human rights posts and the links on my blog. I’m pretty sure you’ll change your view, AI and HRW are heavily backed by the Israel lobby and western governments.

  8. 8 lwtc247 September 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    As a trusted source, I’ll take your word for it.

    The Red Cross/Crescent also engage in HR monitoring and publishing activities. Whats your opinion on it?

    Do you know of any HR gp that is generally sincere?

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