Venezuela, thy name is Cuba

Great editorial today from Mario Loyola at NRO:

A Long Goodbye to Democracy

Venezuela reenacts the Cuban Revolution in slow motion.

By Mario Loyola

For students of the Cuban Revolution, it was an ill omen to hear Hugo Chávez in the final weeks of Venezuela’s presidential campaign proclaiming that “there is no longer room in Venezuela for any project other than the Bolivarian Revolution.” Sure enough, just one month after his reelection victory, Chávez is moving against both opposition parties and opposition press. Venezuela is staring into the abyss of fascism.

When Castro arrived in power early in 1959, he moved fast to suspend the constitution, form a single party, and push through an agrarian land reform that severely impaired property rights. When members of his own cabinet criticized these steps towards Communism, he forced them to resign. A few months later, on learning that a revolutionary tribunal of his own making had acquitted some 50 officers of Fulgencio Batista’s air force for lack of evidence, Castro immediately replaced the judges, explaining that justice was now a matter not of evidentiary technicalities, but of “revolutionary conscience.” The new slate convicted the officers, who were swiftly machine-gunned to death en masse.

Read the whole thing.

4 thoughts on “Venezuela, thy name is Cuba”

  1. I hate to say this, but like Castro before him Cuba, Hugo Chavez has ‘declared war’ on democracy in Venezuela.

    If this were to happen in the United States, I dare say we would be in the initial stages of organizing an ‘armed’ resistance.

    The Venezuelan peoples have the benefit of a full documented history of 48 tragic years that has befallen the Cuban people as a result inadequatly planning and executing a successful armed attack on the enemies of a democratic Cuba.

    I hope that history does not repeat itself.

    “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”
    – Sen. Barry Goldwater – Acceptance Speech Republican National Convention 1964

  2. Unfortunately, Venezuela is proving that Karl Marx was right when he said: History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.

  3. ***
    People get the governments they deserve.

    The Venezuelan people have had several oportunities to vote that bastard out and they haven’t.

    It’s like a battered wife. Keeps getting the crap beaten out of her but keeps coming back to the guy….

  4. This is extremely sad but equally predictable. Chavez is anything but subtle, and never has been. It was always clear where he was likely to be headed. Having the experience of Cuba out in the open for all to see, and knowing full well Chavez was a true Castroite, there was no excuse for supporting him (apart from the fact he’d already attempted to overthrow a duly elected government and that he looks and acts like a cheap thug). I’m sorry for Venezuela and its people, but they should have known a lot better.

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