From The Venezuela Solidarity Network
Sunday, December 09, 2007
How Has The U.S. Responded To Iraqi And Venezuelan Democracy Movements?
Iraq was home to the largest secular democratic movement in the Arab world—but it was a movement, which was not submissive to US political or corporate interests. This is one reason the US supported Saddam Hussein during the 70s and 80s. US dissatisfaction with Hussein did not occur until after he had killed tortured, and/or incarcerated hundreds of thousands of democracy activists and unionists.
President Bush calls Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez a dictator, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi calls Chavez “a thug.” But what do Venezuelans say? Pres. Chavez has handily won three elections, certified by the Organization of American States, the Carter Center, and the European Union. The Venezuelan people have elected Bolivarian candidates to all branches of government, voted to ratify a new constitution, and are involved in all levels of political life. The US has responded by supporting attempts to overthrow Venezuela’s elected government, sabotage its economy, and buy its elections.
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