And with the help of CIA operative Kermit Roosevelt, out him they did. Putting in his place the Shah of Iran a blunder that we are still paying for today. (http://www.iranchamber.com/history/coup53/coup53p1.php)
Let's look at what Chavez in Venezuela has managed to achieve.
REDUCTION OF POVERTY: During the administration of the Bolivarian government led by Hugo Chavez, the extreme poverty rate fell from 42% to 9.5% General poverty was reduced from 50.5% in 1998 to 33.4% in 2008.
ACCESS TO HEALTH: Venezuela invests 4.2% of its GDP in health. It guarantees free access to health. There are currently 6,531 popular health centers established, 479 integral Diagnostic Centers, 543 Integral Rehabilitation Centers, 26 High Technology Centers, 13 popular clinics, 459 popular opticians, and 3019 locations offering medical and dental care since Chavez took office.
ACCESS to EDUCATION: 99.6% of the population over the age of 15 is now literate. (Can the U.S. say the same?) http://www.venezuelasolidarity.org/?q=node/294
So much for the boogie-men the U.S. Government loves to vilify. Now we come to Libya. This is the country that Obama vilifies as a man who would kill his own citizens. Let's not believe for a minute that the average Libyan would revolt under Gaddafi. This is also no the type of revolution that surfaced in Tunisia or Egypt. Theirs were non-violent revolutions. The revolution in Libya is an armed insurrection. The rebels have weapons that they have used against the government. I believe that this revolution was fomented by powers outside of Libya. Here are my reasons:
1. Literacy rates have risen from 10% of the nation to around 90% of the population. (click here)
2. Women have the right to go to school and hold down a job.
3. The life expectancy of Libyans has risen by twenty years and the infant mortality rate has dropped dramatically.
4. Libya had the highest Human Development Index ranking in Africa. This is a U.N. measurement of life expectancy, educational attainment and adjusted real income. (http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/)
5. Most basic necessities: food, housing, fuel, healthcare and education were either heavily subsidized or became entirely free. Subsidies were considered the most effective way to redistribute the national wealth.
6. Libya had a lower incarceration rate than the Czech Republic (or the United States). Libya ranked 61st in the world while the US has been number one for years. (click here=all&category=wb_poprate)
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