Funny, I was two weeks ago writing a reply to one book called the “Idiots Guide to Latin America” and after seeing a realist magazine review one thing (among many) was really peculiar: the theme that Latin America was really not important economically so there is no oily reason to assume that the US has other intensions rather that advancing democracy in Latin America. On that aborted post I was going to say to look for the Venezuelan president to be the exhibit A of the real power Latin America has to “think differently” I had only less than a month to wait. . .
Many of our American “defenders” of democracy realize that local Latino well to do are the key to subvert the will of the people and yet, the local extremists could be dead in the water if the US and the IMF says so (Ecuador had a similar cue 2 years ago and the Clinton administration did tell to the plotters about the consequences of their actions, the military backed down.) Bush comment of Venezuela now: that Chaves is at fault for firing on his people. The problem to me is that using history I do not trust at all the even more conservative media in Venezuela to tell the truth and, doesn’t raise any red flags to anyone that the source for all the early information is coming from the Venezuelan military? There is already a report in common dreams contradicting many key aspects of the “resignation” of Chaves. http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0412-08.htm
It is a dogma of many neo economists of Latin America that the left did not see how evil populists like Peron were (the connection here is that the Venezuelan president was also a populist) but this lesson was learned many decades ago by intellectuals in Latin America, this is the reason why the extreme left was also willing to go against the Venezuelan president. They are assuming a more and true leftist leadership will appear after this chaos. I think they shot themselves in the foot. As for the Right it shows that they also do not have patience for democracy either.
Many important Latin American nations are protesting the Cue, as a thinking leftist I do agree that the Chaves was not really helping the Venezuelan people, but the disaster is that another generation in south America is learning that the powers that be can not have patience for democracy. I have concluded that just like in Allende’s Chile the fasistic millitary can not wait for the next election cycle to remove the “bad” guy from office. They can’t afford the possibility that the elected troublemaker can show that he remains popular. As a believer in democracy first and then a leftist, I think what happened in Venezuela is one of the worst things that could happen democracy as a whole, and I am ashamed that America is virtually doing nothing, why is this?
We could do something about Ecuador but not in this case?
One more related topic: The Arizona Republic published this beauty of a lower column headline: “Venezuelan regime ousted” nice double speak from the “liberal” media describing the toppling of an ELECTED government.