Sunday, March 07, 2004

Don't Cry For Me, Venezuela

I am editing this entry at 37,000ft between Newark and Birmingham, having left Venezuela for a few weeks. The political situation in Venezuela is not good but it isn't hopeless as in countries like Haiti where one despot will probably be replaced by another.

Venezuela has an excellent tradition in democracy and these dark hours may be its greatest test. Not being an expert I will not prejudge the issue, but one thing I will say. The Venezuelan people are taking their recall referendum very, very seriously. The intention of the Opposition is to effect change using the constitution. This they will do if allowed. The country needs our support, not necessarily of a partisan nature but more an encouragement to "do the right thing". Crying won't do. Nor will outside intervention.