Look What They’re Doing in Venezuela!

Above, you see a photograph (from Publius Pundit) of a street in Venezuela’s capital city of Caracas, thronged with hundreds of thousands of people protesting the regime of dictator Hugo Chavez. Venezuela faces a challenge to democracy from Chavez that is very similar to what Russia faces from Putin (in fact, Putin and Chavez are pals just like Krushschev and Castro used to be), but here we see the difference between Venezuelans and Russians: The former are prepared to take risks for democracy and to build a better future for their children. It seems that the latter are not. Not only have we never seen such a scene in Russia, we cannot imagine there ever being one.

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