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  •  Hugo Chavez? Perhaps you've read too much SCLM (none)
    Chavez is a dictator the way Allende was a dictator.
    •  Chávez, Allende (none)
       
      I'm not saying that Chávez is a dictator, but some Venezuelans worry that he's well on his way to becoming one.  Sound familiar?  
      •  Some rich Venezuelan elites. (none)
        "I'm not saying that Chávez is a dictator, but some Venezuelans worry that he's well on his way to becoming one."

        That's not what you said -- your post did not refer to what "some" Venezuelans think, but rather to what you think.  I don't trust anyone who uses the word "some" that way, or who disowns what he writes the way you have.  What do you think of Chávez, and why?

        "Sound familiar?"

        Don't be coy; if you want to say something, just say it.

        •  Okay. (none)

          Okay.  Chávez is not quite a democrat, but he's not exactly a dictator either.  This answer may still sound coy, but it is a long way from Nelson Mandela to King Fahd.  

          Amnesty International 2003 report:  Venezuela
          http://web.amnesty.org/report2003/ven-summary-eng

          AI press release, Venezuela, May 12, 2004
          http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR530052004?open&of=ENG-VEN

          Part of the reason that Chávez doesn't qualify for dictator in my book is that the civil government does not seem to have full control of the army and the police.  He's not exactly a democrat, since his government prosecutes abuses by his opponents with much more alacrity than abuses by his supporters.  And confounding the situation are violent and/or illegal actions by the opposition (torching shops, setting up barricades).

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