108 online
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 7 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Pouring Gas on the Fire: Hugo Chavez Reaches out to Qaddafi

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   5 comments
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Tim McGettigan
Become a Fan
  (15 fans)

Libya is being torn apart by an intransigent tyrant who can't see the writing on the wall. If Qaddafi can no longer remain in power, then he has decided to murder as many Libyans as possible before waltzing into retirement. Old habits die hard.

Sensing that his comrade might be in hot water, Hugo Chavez has offered to serve as a mediator between Qaddafi and Libya's fed-up citizenry. Wow, that's, um...very helpful, Hugo. Let's see, what kind of special skills would Hugo Chavez bring to the negotiating table?

            1. Chavez and Qaddafi are good old boys

            2. Chavez is an authoritarian tyrant

            3. Chavez has zero tolerance for the voices of opposition in Venezuela

            4. Chavez has maintained power by brutally crushing his opponents

            5. Chavez is terrified that, if the rebellions in North Africa continue to succeed, the burgeoning anti-autocratic fervor might spread to other continents

            6. Aha!

All things considered--and much as we appreciate the gesture, Hugo--I recommend that you take your "special set of negotiating skills" and go fly a kite. What Libya needs right now is a whole lot less of Qaddafi and people like you. Don't get me wrong, Hugo, I can understand why you might not appreciate input from your neighbors to the north. We've never been very supportive of your regime and, again, I know how antagonized you are by opposing ideas and democratic principles.

Nevertheless, it's time to fact the facts. The glory days of North African tyrants have come and gone. Thanks to common sense, Facebook (BTW, who would have thought that FB could play such an integral role in the struggle for political progress?? Three cheers for FB!), and a whole lot of Libyan courage, the tide has finally turned against Qaddafi--and there's nothing you can do about it, dude.  

Bitter as it may seem, the one global leader who really has a handle on the situation in Libya is Barack Obama. In case you missed the headlines, President Obama has demanded that Qaddafi cease his reprisals and slither out of office ASAP. Obama has also stated that the US will keep all options on the table in its efforts to support the people of Libya in their struggle against oppression. How's that for a commitment to democracy?

Times they are a changin', Hugo. Get used to it. The heyday of North African tyranny is over. Hopefully, the same will soon be true of South American tyranny as well.


Rate It | View Ratings

Tim McGettigan Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Prof Tim teaches sociology at CSU-Pueblo and he writes books about social change, such as... A Formula for Eradicating Racism, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/113759974X

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Stephen Hawking's God: A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion

Elementary My Dear Watson! The Beauty (and Baloney) of Being Right about Everything

It's Alive!! Ray Kurzweil, AI, and Frankentelligence

Many Worlds, but only One Reality: Stephen Hawking and the Determinist Fallacy

Feynman's Cosmic Onion

Einstein's God is Irrelevant

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend