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Tue Mar 5, 2013, 10:25 PM

As far as Latin American Dictators went, Venezuela could have done a lot worse…

Chavez was no Pinochet, Somoza, Rios Montt, Trujillo, Galtieri, Torrijos, Noriega, Paz Garcia, Rodriguez, Cordova, Stroessner, Fujimori, Argentine Junta, El Salvadoran Junta, Suarez or Batista

http://tinfoilpalace.eamped.com/2011/01/29/dictators-supported-by-the-us/

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Reply As far as Latin American Dictators went, Venezuela could have done a lot worse… (Original post)
MrScorpio Mar 2013 OP
PDJane Mar 2013 #1
Warren Stupidity Mar 2013 #2
MrScorpio Mar 2013 #3
The Magistrate Mar 2013 #4

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 10:29 PM

1. And, of course, he wasn't supported by the US.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 10:34 PM

2. Yeah he was more the fdr sort of dictator, the type that keeps getting

Elected in fair and open elections until he dies in office. That sort of dictator.

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 10:39 PM

3. Which is a big diff from those other guys nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2013, 10:40 PM

4. Absolutely, Sir: This Is What Has Always Bothered My About The Obloquy Directed At Him

He played in a league where the norm is to torture your opponents to death,and either disappear their corpses or leave them on the street as an object lesson. There was none of this in his 'dictatorship', none of this in his 'disregard for human rights'. Even people known to have actively participated in armed rebellion continued to live free, even to own property.

Was he without flaw? Of course not. Was everything he did, every policy, every act in furtherance of his policies, the right thing to do? No. Did I agree with everything he did? Certainly not. But he was head and shoulders above the country's previous rulers over the last half century, head shoulders above the murderous creature ruling his neighbor Colombia ( who our government lavished with praise as an ally and friend ). He was a man who wanted to do something to improve the lives of the mass of poor persons in his country, and did everything in his power, by his own lights, to do that. And had some success at it.

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