Steely Hill wrote:let's face it, this is only world news because he hasn't allowed his country to be raped by the Yanks. he was in charge of a hugely insignificant country in world terms which most people couldn't even pick out on a map.
i saw him described as a 'dictator' above - didn't he win four elections, all over seen by UN monitors?
i find this all similar to the Russian 'democracy' thread. if the Venezuelans are happy with his kind of leadership then good luck to them - it certainly has no impact on my life so if a carbon copy takes over then so be it.
the CIA and co have spent many years trying to oust Chavez and for what? certainly not for the good of Venezuela or it's people. indeed, the uprising after the failed 2002 coup showed how much public support Chavez had, regardless of the efforts to suppress their views.
he did also introduce free healthcare to his citizens - something the Yanks still fail to do.
I support this stance 100%.
The only thing i would say is that it is absolutely impossible for the US to provide free health care to it's citizens. Venezuela are sitting on enough oil to facilitate there healthcare system in that tiny country so it a lot easier.
We need more chavez' i'll tell you that!