[Le Monde Diplomatique editor Ignacio Ramonet argues that given
the results acheived by the Chavez government in Venezuela, is it not surprising that President Chávez has
become a target that "the owners of the world and their agents want
to shoot". Click here for a Spanish version of this article.]
By Ignacio Ramonet - Le Monde Diplomatique
Monday, August 13, 2007
governments in the world have been victims of devastating campaigns
full of hatred. The Venezuelan government, led by President Hugo
Chávez, is one of those victims. His enemies have tried everything:
Coup d’État, oil strike, flow of capital, plots… After the attack
against Fidel Castro, a similar situation has not ever happened in Latin America.
The most miserable lies have been said about Chávez, all of them orchestrated by the new propaganda office called -National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, financed by Bush Administration. With unlimited financial resources, this lying machine manipulates important media and organizations for the defense of Human Rights which are at the service of sinister plans.
Likewise, part of the social-democrat left-branched party surrender before these groups of liars.
Why so much hate? Nowadays, the social-democracy in Europe is experiencing a crisis of identity. The historic circumstances seem indicating that Chávez has the responsibility of assuming the international leadership of the left’s recognition.
While in the old continent the European construction has made impossible any alternative to neo-liberalism, in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, and Ecuador, inspired in the Venezuelan model, some experiences keep alive the emancipation hope of poor people.
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