I think it is pretty clear from the election results that there is a vast difference between the political worlds of Putin and Chavez. By all reports one’s life is put at risk in Russia today if one opposes the regime which incidentally features multiple billionaires supported by and supporting Putin. Chavez in contrast is one of the first with native American roots to head a government in the Americas and ending poverty seems to be his aim. He lost the referendum because students and some of his supporters lobbied against him assuming dominating powers as potential president for life. Unless oppression becomes his game he is operating within a democratic framework. Had it with the media distorting such basic realities for popular consumption.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
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