There seems to be a lot of celebration on Twitter
Hugo Chavez is dead. Today is a good day for freedom! Woot!
— Jason Mattera (@JasonMattera) March 5, 2013
and some snark
— Blog Bash (@BlogBashOrg) March 5, 2013
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
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) March 5, 2013
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.