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13 October 2007
Washington wants to live and let live with Caracas

It is obvious that Manuel Rosales is desperate, to put it mildly. Meeting with an American State Department official was bad enough, but trying to pressure him to take action against his own country's leader was stupidity of the highest order. Such calls only play into the Venezuelan government's hands, and it is interesting that the American response was to remind all and sundry that Venezuela's political debates are a matter for Venezuela. Furthermore, the Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations was told last month that Washington wanted to have good relations with Caracas, so why did Rosales make his plea?

It is possible that he had no other option. He lost last December's elections comprehensively, and the bulk of the Venezuelan population seem to be solidly behind President Hugo Chavez Frias and his reforms. Furthermore, Chavez Frias has neutralised the business interests that used to oppose his rule by reminding them that nationalisations will be the order of the day if they don't toe the line.

All the opposition can rely on is the small, local middle class - and they lack both the numbers and the balls to oppose the government. The last hope that they had was the possible arrival of the U.S. Marines. Alas for their hopes, the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan mean that there just aren't the troops available for another adventure. Besides, if the USA does attack Iran then Venezuela's oil is going to be doubly important on the world market.

The Americans may not be very happy with Caracas, but they do seem to be prepared to adopt a live and let live attitude. Tough shit is the message to Manuel Rosales and his tiny band of followers.
6 Comments:

You don't seem to have any idea of what are you talking about. When was the last time you were in Venezuela? When was the last time you saw your friends losing their jobs and running from the country just because they think different? When was the last time that you just decided to support a dictator by pretending the middle class just doesn't exist? They are people too, and they deserve to be heard. Read my blog and you'll see if we truly lack the numbers and the balls to oppose the government. Have you ever fight for 5 years in a row during you teenager days? Have you ever run from the military, have you ever been kidnapped inside your university? Have you ever end up in an ambulance because of the effects of the tear gas? Please if you are going to denounce anything, don't talk about things you don't know.

14 October 2007 at 15:30  

Julia,

The Exile really likes it when people do a quick Google, find the blog, then dart in to leave a load of hysterical old wank in a comment box.

Tell you what, send a nice photo in - one that shows your tits - and it will get published. If the regulars like the look of you, then I'll give you the chance to submit a guest posting.

Hey, Julia, is it true that Venezuelan girls always swallow and never gag?

14 October 2007 at 19:40  

http://www.quepasa.cl/showjpg/0,,1_138255296_350_310,00.jpg

Done, now are you going to have the balls to let me write a guest post or are you going to keep answering me like a teenager by making abuse of disturbing sexist comments?

15 October 2007 at 03:08  

Ya no puedo ver tus pechugas, vieja, pero haz tu post si quieres.

15 October 2007 at 04:45  

Well, where's the posting? Send it to me.

15 October 2007 at 07:43  

I dunno. Try and be nice to these people and look what you get. Offer some brainless bitch a guest posting and she doesn't take advantage of it.

Never mind.

15 October 2007 at 17:49  

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