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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Chavez's Asymmetric War causes 68,926 deaths in Venezuela

By Miguel Octavio

President Chávez and the old guard Generals that surround him speak at every turn of the so called “asymmetrical war” the country is supposedly engaged in. It even goes beyond their simple words, with the Government spending close to US$ 5 billion in new military equipment, from Kalashnikovs rifles, to helicopters to jets, all in the name of this phantom war, which appears to exist only in the febrile brains of the President and his comrades and which is used to generate political goodwill for the Government.

Meanwhile, Venezuela is truly engaged in a very asymmetrical war. It is a tragic war, because more people have died from it since Hugo Chavez took power in 1998, than either in the war in Afghanistan or the war in Iraq. It is asymmetrical, because despite the Government’s claim to care about the poor, this war mostly affects those without the resources to defend themselves from it. Read on.


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