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Wed Mar 6, 2013, 09:11 PM

El comandante has left the building

March 6, 2013

By Pepe Escobar

Now that would be some movie; the story of a man of the people who rises against all odds to become the political Elvis of Latin America. Bigger than Elvis, actually; a president who won 13 out of 14 national democratic elections. No chance you will ever see such a movie winning an Oscar - much less produced in Hollywood. Unless, of course, Oliver Stone convinces HBO about a cable/DVD special.

How enlightening to watch world leaders' reactions to the death of Venezuela's El Comandante Hugo Chavez. Uruguay's President Jose Mujica - a man who actually shuns 90% of his salary because he insists he covers his basic necessities with much less - once again reminded everyone how he qualified Chavez as "the most generous leader I ever met", while praising the "fortress of democracy" of which Chavez was a great builder.

Compare it with US President Barack Obama - in what sounds like a dormant cut and paste by some White House intern - reaffirming US support for "the Venezuelan people". Would that be "the people" who have been electing and re-electing Chavez non-stop since the late 1990s? Or would that be "the people" who trade Martinis in Miami demonizing him as an evil communist?

El Comandante may have left the building - his body defeated by cancer - but the post-mortem demonization will go on forever. One key reason stands out. Venezuela holds the largest oil reserves in the world. Washington and that crumbling Kafkaesque citadel also known as the European Union sing All You Need is Love non-stop to those ghastly, feudal Persian Gulf petro-monarchs (but not to "the people") in return for their oil. By contrast, in Venezuela El Comandante came up with the subversive idea of using oil wealth to at least alleviate the problems of most of his people. Western turbo-capitalism, as is well known, does not do redistribution of wealth and empowerment of communitarian values.

in full: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-02-060313.html

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Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 04:41 AM

1. Absolutely wonderful article. I leaped to save it for personal use. Thank you. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 06:04 PM

4. Pepe does a thorough job, doesn't he...and you're most welcome. n/t

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Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 08:21 AM

2. President Chavez was

An amazing man.
Hasta siempre, Comandante!

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Thu Mar 7, 2013, 10:10 AM

3. K&R

An excellent read.

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Thu Mar 7, 2013, 06:17 PM

5. This is just so sad.

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