Sorry, I forgot to post this at the time–a really good piece on Hugo Chavez.
Nothing startling in it as such, but stuff like this is always valuable in the face of the anti-Chavez bulldada elswhere.
“Sometimes you hear a stray sentence on the news that makes you realise
you have been lied to. Deliberately lied to; systematically lied to;
lied to for a purpose. If you listened closely over the past few days,
you could have heard one such sentence passing in the night-time of
As Ingrid Betancourt emerged after six-and-a-half years – sunken and
shrivelled but radiant with courage – one of the first people she
thanked was Hugo Chavez. What? If you follow the news coverage, you
have been told that the Venezuelan President supports the Farc thugs
who have been holding her hostage. He paid them $300m to keep killing
and to buy uranium for a dirty bomb, in a rare break from dismantling
democracy at home and dealing drugs. So how can this moment of
dissonance be explained?“
Bonus: The lunatics are out in force in the comments section.