Saturday, January 26, 2013

Down the Rabbit Hole with Maduro

I recommend this interview of Nicolás Maduro by Eva Golinger. It's pure messianic politics.

Just compare this:

Everybody knows how President Chavez has invested all his efforts and energy into his country, into fighting for the independence of Latin America, how he has persevered in his anti-imperialist struggle for social justice worldwide. It was President Chavez who went vocal about global warming, so that everyone could find out the truth. It was he who championed the struggle against global plunder and the neoliberal policies that are killing Europe.

To this from the most recent release of the North Korea News Agency:

The next four chapters cover the period from August 1945 to December 1960. They deal with the feats the President performed by successfully implementing the historic tasks for carrying out social revolution at two stages, waging the Fatherland Liberation War, conducting the postwar rehabilitation and construction and laying foundations of socialism, and establishing the Korean-style socialist system centered on the popular masses in the DPRK.

The last four chapters cover the period from January 1961 to July 1994. They deal with the immortal feats the President performed by successfully leading socialist construction of various phases and thereby building a socialist power, independent in politics, self-supporting in the economy and self-reliant in national defence and fully demonstrating its dignity and might.

It's pretty gaggy stuff, and does not provide much confidence that he's telling the truth.


Defensores de Democracia 8:20 PM  

The Terminal Cancer of Hugo Chavez makes me think of this book : "The General in His Labyrinth"
Written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - This is a metaphor of how much can be won and lost in life - Aflame with memories of power, glory and impossible dreams.

A philosopher said "The body is the main enemy of the old man" - Is our destiny to become bitter and frustrated with memories of Impossible Dreams ??

Chavez has always impressed me as vulgar, uneducated, uncultured, rude, harsh and rough, the saddest image of Latin America.

Bolivar was more worldly with a youth spent in Spain, France and Britain. He also journeyed in Jamaica. He was more charming, polite, courteous, gracious, cultured, with distinguished manners of an aristocrat, and more amazing and surprising than Chavez in every respect.

Chavez has always been predictable in his vulgarity and grossness !

Chavez is a caricature of Bolivar. It has been said that Bolivar was a great warrior, one that defies belief, but perhaps and unfortunately a poor statesman.

The book of Garcia Marquez in infinetely sad and makes us think of our own lives, sometimes spent in impossible dreams :

"The General in His Labyrinth" book of Garcia Marquez :

General Simon Bolivar, “the Liberator” of five South American countries, takes a last melancholy journey down the Magdalena River, revisiting cities along its shores, and reliving the triumphs, passions, and betrayals of his life. Infinitely charming, prodigiously successful in love, war and politics, he still dances with such enthusiasm and skill that his witnesses cannot believe he is ill.


Randy Paul,  10:40 PM  

"It was President Chavez who went vocal about global warming"

And courageously called for the end of the use of petroleum as an energy source.

Messianic? More like the journalstic equivalent of a puñeta . . .

Justin Delacour 1:58 AM  

In fairness, Greg, it's over the top to cherry-pick a fawning statement from Venezuela's vice president and then compare that statement to a North Korean news agency's fawning statement about the country's leader. You know as well as I that, if anyone wanted to locate a fawning statement about Obama from Vice President Biden, he or she would have no difficulty doing so. Vice presidents often issue fawning statements about presidents.

While it's not hard to make a case that there's too much idolatry surrounding Chavez, you make it hard to take your point seriously when you use such hyperbole.

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