Monday, July 07, 2008

Chavez and the FARC: "you have been lied to"

Great article by Johann Hari in the Independent:

"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 news.

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?

Yes: you have been lied to – about one of the most exciting and original experiments in economic redistribution and direct democracy anywhere on earth. And the reason is crude: crude oil. The ability of democracy and freedom to spread to poor countries may depend on whether we can unscramble these propaganda fictions."

Read the whole thing here.

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Blogger Luke said...

Yeah it was a good article. It really is articles like these (and yours) that have almost exhausted the capacity of Murdoch and to a lesser extent the MSM to mendaciously lie about Venezuela and its 'dictatorship' (I remember the NY times editorial all too well). Put simply, the pink tide is still in full flow (E.g. Fernando Lugo) and is just too big now to be resisted by Washington. Even hostile leaders like Uribe are trying to plug in to the regional integration agenda, even goign so far as patching it up with Chavez, which can only be a good thing.

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