A ‘Yes’ to Democracy
Ever since, Washington and its henchmen have been trying to dump Chavez by other means: boycotts, long strikes, sabotage of oil production and propaganda (they own most of the media). They figured that misery would wear out the resistance. And finally, a recall referendum looked appealng -- a chance for everybody to vote No. They threw all they had into it, but finally began to realize they would lose. Juan Forero of the Times blamed the rise in oil prices, which allowed Chavez to spend more on schools and health and land reform -- dirty pool. It was a signal defeat for a policy that says we will not tolerate any regime in the third world that talks back -- that does not recognize the right of international capital to exploit their resources. That’s a fact well understood everywhere but in this country. So I urge you to spread the word from Counterpunch.org and Fair.org and Noam Chomsky’s new book. We have a few referendums of our own coming up.