Ah, Hugo Chavez, hero of the people. A socialist stalwart, standing up to US hegemony, a beacon of virtue in a corrupt capitalist world. Beloved by so many of the left, prepared as they are to hero worship any authoritarian figure as long as he’s on their side of the ideological fence. Here he is with his good friend (and fellow champion of democracy) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:
Here he is with another principled leftist, Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the socialist utopia that is Belarus:
Truly, you can judge a man by the company he keeps. Oh, speaking of judges, Mr Chavez – as part of his continual onslaught of the concept of the rule of law – has imprisoned one for delivering a verdict that he did not personally agree with. Judge María Lourdes Afiuni has been in jail for a year (with, it would seem, another 29 to go) for sanctioning the release of another prisoner who had been in a cell for three years without having been charged with anything. Chavez, man of the people, would appear to have personally ordered this himself. Will anyone on the left denounce him? Nah.
Hugo Chavez. He’s a champion of the people! He stands up to US hegemony! He’s abolished the rule of law! He’s president for life! Rejoice!
(HT to Carl Packman for sending the photo links.)