Fools Meet Heroes
Of A Dictator: Venezuela Free of the Clutches of Chavez
By Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
- “According to news reports, Chavez has passed after a long
battle against cancer. For over a decade Chavez had used
corruption, intimidation, manipulation, and brutal tactics to
rule over the Venezuelan people. Chavez misruled Venezuela with
an iron grip on the government, economy, and the courts as he
routinely bullied the media and the opposition to deny the
people of Venezuela their basic freedoms. Today his death marks
the end of this tyrannical rule but the road to democracy for
the Venezuelan people is still very much uncertain.
Chavez not only led Venezuela into a spiraling economic
downturn, but also deepened ties with fellow despots throughout
the world that led to fear and instability in the Western
Hemisphere. His ever growing cooperation with fellow state
sponsors of terrorism, Iran, Syria, and Cuba, threatened U.S.
interests in the region and around the globe. By providing aid
and financial assistance to these rogue regimes, Chavez gave
many human rights violators an economic lifeline in the form of
oil subsidies to continue their tyrannical rule over their
The Venezuela people now have an opportunity to emerge from this
oppressive regime and regain their democracy and human rights.
However, this can only be done through a true democratic process
with free, fair, and transparent elections. I am hopeful that
democracy will rise from the ashes of the Chavez regime and
again become a part of a new Venezuela. Now it is up to the
Venezuelan people to redefine and rebuild their nation as a
peaceful, democratic, and prosperous state free of the clutches
of Chavez and his disastrous social and economic policies.”
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), is Chairman of the
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.
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