My answer to the Daily Bell article about Hugo Chavez:
Chavez may be loudly “Christian“, but he is NOT “unabashedly” Christian. The writing from The Daily Bell is always intelligent and pretty much grounded in reality, but that one was greatly puzzling. He’s not very Christian at all, any more than the Bolsheviks (“I was always a Leninist”-Chavez visiting Moscow) or the Maoists (“I was always a Maoist”-Chavez visiting China) or the North Koreans (“I was always a Marxist”-Chavez in North Korea)
NOT AT ALL. George W Bush is no more Christian than him, and vice versa.
He is Christian like the Cubans in Miami say about Fidel Castro in the mountains, wearing his rosary beads.
The Marxists learned a lesson maybe from the Mexican “peasants’ rebellion” against their own Marxist president.
Also, he has “redistributed” a lot of the oil revenues in social programs but he has also created a new nouveau riche class, and the POOR have already been getting very restless.
And he is NOT so popular as the American press makes him out to be. This is the same press that LIED about Honduras, where easily 85 PERCENT of the people supported the arrest of auto-coup dictator Manuel Zelaya, aspirant to lifetime presidency who promised a cabinet member (a relative of a close family friend of ours) a lifetime position.
During those theatrical “riots” in Honduras demanding the Chavez surrogate’s return, that “astro-turf uprising” fizzled so bad so fast and got so bad that it took such a whopping major infusion of Chavez money to pay a few dozen at it that the lempira went up TEN PERCENT against the dollar in a matter of DAYS.
Poverty by itself doesn’t breed Marxism. I’m sure the royalty in D.C. and in Caracas and Habana were all flummoxed to distraction by the explosive blowback from Honduras against them.
“We’re poor enough, thanks anyway, we don’t want to be like Cuba or Venezuela, we’d rather be like the US“.
Honduras put a wrinkle in the supposed forced march of Latin America toward socialism.
The mayor of Caracas publicly demanded that Honduras send them a set of cojones.
After their 2009 elections, the president of El Salvador, of the FMLN (the former Communist guerrilla fighters) came out and announced that after all, joining ALBA would NOT be in the best interests of the nation.
The president of Guatemala publicly asked Honduras to join with his country and the other Central American countries to engage in foreign relations together.
Peru’s subsequent elections kept the nation’s distance from Chavez.
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