Sunday, February 19, 2006
upping the ante against venezuela
In spite of the idiocy that sometimes pours out of their mouths I don't believe that the people governing the US say much by accident. That is to say that when Rumsfeld compared Chavez to Hitler earlier this month it was not simply the man being an idiot. World War 2 represents the ultimate legitimate war in the American memory. At the time of Vietnam policy makers invoked that war to rationalise their action. Comparing Chavez to Hitler was a mechanism for making him and his regime into a legitimate target for intevention. On Friday Rice said Chavez was leading countries away from democracy, referred to him a regional danger, called for a united front against him and stated that "The international community has just got to be much more active in supporting and defending the Venezuelan people,". Of course this is not the first time that the USA has attacked chavez. The point is that US commentary is more and more implying that practical action against Venezuela would be desirable.
Posted by Reuben at Sunday, February 19, 2006