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Hasdrubal





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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 3:10 pm    Post subject: Venezuela legislators grant Chavez rule by decree Reply with quote

The birth of a new communist dictatorship......
We need to invade Venezuela & do it soon before this gets out of hand.


Venezuela legislators grant Chavez rule by decree
Jan 18 5:46 PM US/Eastern

Venezuelan legislators voted unanimously to grant leftist firebrand President Hugo Chavez the power to rule by decree for 18 months, a week after he began a second six-year term vowing to seek to become president for life. The bill authorizes Chavez to "rule by decree ... with the force of law," legislative president Cilia Flores said after an unanimous show of hands in favor.

We welcome this enabling law, with the support of the National Assembly, which backs our leader (Chavez)" she added.

Chavez, in power since 1999, began serving a new term a week ago, with his allies controlling Venezuela's unicameral legislature.

Opponents called the special law a "totalitarian abuse" of power.

But Flores said "there will always be opponents, and especially when they know that these laws will deepen the revolution" -- a term Chavez uses to describe his socialist movement.

Chavez is expected to abolish the independence of the Central Bank and to nationalize Venezuela's telecommunications and electrical industries.

He has already announced Venezuela will acquire 51 percent shares in foreign oil operations.

And he has called for the constitution to be changed to lift any limit on presidential terms.

Chavez has piqued the ire of the United States with his fierce anti-US rhetoric, his affinity for Cuban leader Fidel Castro and his warm relations with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who visited Venezuela over the weekend.

Washington also accuses Chavez of destabilizing Latin America, where the presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru and Uruguay all have leftist leanings.

Chavez's plans include changing the official name of the country, to the "Socialist Republic of Venezuela" and adding a stanza to the national anthem lauding Simon Bolivar, the "Liberator" of much of South America from Spain and an inspiration to most Venezuelan presidents.

Leftist parties announced earlier this week talks to form a single coalition to promote Chavez' program of "socialism for the 21st century."

To that end, Chavez in December asked the 21 political parties backing him to join in a broad coalition to run the country which is the world's fifth oil producer and the fourth supplier to the United States.

"Creation of a socialist state will take nine or 10 months," legislator Carlos Escarra said.

"The perverse rules of the great transnational (corporations) will be forced to yield before the sign of our times."

Deputy Antonio Montenegro recommended "not wasting time convincing the opposition of the sense of the socialist revolution."

"We cannot dally over what the opposition thinks. They want to detain this project, which is gaining momentum in Latin America."

Teodoro Petkoff, campaign manager for Chavez' presidential opponent Manuel Rosales, said: "In an environment of obsequiousness and servility, 'I, the Supreme (Chavez) am ready to legislate, backed by this far-reaching, enabling law."

The law, Petkoff said in a column published in the daily Tal Cual, allows Chavez to legislate "without any debate in the country."

http://www.breitbart.com/news/.....5jkua.html
Azimech





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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Venezuela is going down hill quickly. However with Bush weakened due to Iraq, a substantial intervention in South America appears unlikely.
Duck Tory





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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two words to deal with Hugo the Fatso......Air Strikes.
Hasdrubal





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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a bit worrying when alot of Canadian Liberals see Chavez as a good model for their movement. As far as interference, all that needs to be done is to approach Venezuela's military leaders and launch a coup against Chavez.
PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it is something he learned from the Iranian mullahs. Ruling by decree...
Azimech





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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hasdrubal wrote:
It's a bit worrying when alot of Canadian Liberals see Chavez as a good model for their movement. As far as interference, all that needs to be done is to approach Venezuela's military leaders and launch a coup against Chavez.


My concern is that a military coup may lead to worse management of the country. Chavez may be a windbag, but a military junta is just as likely to be incompetent and corrupt.

During the Cold War, there may have been good reason to install unelected governments as a counterbalance to Communist insurgents. However in the contemporary setting, Latin American banana republics probably won't benefit from intervention.
Joahob





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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best way to deal with Chavez is to ignore him.
truth4freedom





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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joahob wrote:
The best way to deal with Chavez is to ignore him.


I agree. He's going to make about as much headway as Pelosi is in the US House of Representatives. Both are windbags, and have nothing to back up their wild actions with. Both will become a footnote in history very quickly.
Duck Tory





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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good point Truth good point indeed.
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