Sábado, 17 de Julho de 2010

Discarding Chávez way too soon

By Pedro Seabra

 

In her latest op-ed, Frida Ghitis writes a curious, albeit not surprising, swift obituary regarding the future sustainability of the so-called ‘Chavismo’. In her view, such concept, “once believed would bring lasting relief to the poor, is becoming synonymous with power-hungry and socially divisive presidencies, heavy-handed and destructive government intervention, and brazen assaults on democracy”. On the other hand, the growing lack of regional supporters – anyone remembers ALBA? – is also quickly fading way or increasingly loosing popularity amongst the very people they claim to defend and represent. In fact, “between energy shortages, loss of jobs, out-of-control crime, and no prospects for economic recovery any time soon, Chávez's once-passionate support among the poor is gradually disappearing”.

Notwithstanding these grim prospects, one has to be realistic about it. In fact, truth be told, Hugo Chávez’s leadership has consistently proved its longevity and resilience against all odds. It has repeatedly faced Venezuelan conservative sectors – worth asking if they still exist –, nation-wide general strikes, international NGOs critics, ill-fated attempted coups and a mishandling of the country’s energetic resources, all with the same unchangeable result. Even his recent spat with the Catholic Church, isn’t likely to significantly erode his stance and will probably bow down to the never-ending list of ludicrous episodes that has characterized the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the last couple of years.

At the end of the day, it will most certainly “take many years before Chávez and other Chavista governments in Latin America take that final step into the pages of history.”

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