Hugo Chavez Dead, his Venezuelan enablers still live

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Hugo Chavez Dead, his Venezuelan enablers still live

There seems to be a lot of cel­e­bra­tion on Twitter

and some snark

over the death of Hugo Chavez

Pres­i­dent Hugo Chavez, the fiery pop­ulist who declared a social­ist rev­o­lu­tion in Venezuela, cru­saded against U.S. influ­ence and cham­pi­oned a left­ist revival across Latin Amer­ica, died Tues­day at age 58 after a nearly two-​year bout with cancer.

While the temp­ta­tion is to cel­e­brate the poten­tial for pos­i­tive change in Venezuela such cel­e­bra­tion might be premature:

Let’s not for­get that there were plenty of peo­ple in the mil­i­tary and sup­ports of Chavez who were enriched by the largess he dis­trib­uted to his sup­port­ers. None of these peo­ple are likely going to be anx­ious to give the easy life up, par­tic­u­larly to an angry but unarmed populace.

Addi­tion­ally his long ill­ness means there was plenty of time to replace him when ill if the gen­er­als were inter­ested in doing so.

They did not.

I sus­pect change will not come to Venezuela with­out a lot of blood­shed, we should hope and work for the best but we should not delude our­selves that changes are going to come easy or fast.

As for those cel­e­brat­ing his death Chavez was a hor­ri­ble man who did hor­ri­ble things but as a Chris­tian­ity has rules and this tweet expresses prop­erly the atti­tude a real­is­tic Chris­t­ian should have con­cern­ing his death

Given the choice of Chavez in Hell suf­fer­ing for eter­nity or a deathbed repen­tance get­ting him into pur­ga­tory and even­tu­ally heaven I will hope for the lat­ter every sin­gle time because every soul Satan gets is a defeat for us all.

I only hope the arti­fi­cial hell inflicted on his for­mer coun­try will even­tu­ally end.

Update just a reminder:

2216 GMT: VENEZUELA DEPLOYS ITS ARMY AND POLICE

You don’t deploy the army and police after the death of a leader by can­cer unless you are afraid of the people.

There seems to be a lot of celebration on Twitter

and some snark

over the death of Hugo Chavez

President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.

While the temptation is to celebrate the potential for positive change in Venezuela such celebration might be premature:

Let’s not forget that there were plenty of people in the military and supports of Chavez who were enriched by the largess he distributed to his supporters. None of these people are likely going to be anxious to give the easy life up, particularly to an angry but unarmed populace.

Additionally his long illness means there was plenty of time to replace him when ill if the generals were interested in doing so.

They did not.

I suspect change will not come to Venezuela without a lot of bloodshed, we should hope and work for the best but we should not delude ourselves that changes are going to come easy or fast.

As for those celebrating his death Chavez was a horrible man who did horrible things but as a Christianity has rules and this tweet expresses properly the attitude a realistic Christian should have concerning his death

Given the choice of Chavez in Hell suffering for eternity or a deathbed repentance getting him into purgatory and eventually heaven I will hope for the latter every single time because every soul Satan gets is a defeat for us all.

I only hope the artificial hell inflicted on his former country will eventually end.

Update just a reminder:

2216 GMT: VENEZUELA DEPLOYS ITS ARMY AND POLICE

You don’t deploy the army and police after the death of a leader by cancer unless you are afraid of the people.