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.

Over the last 18 months we have heard a lot about the “Arab Spring” and the coming of “Democracy” to places that have not seen it.

Many around the world celebrated these changes. When you considering how horrible some of those deposed were, that’s to be expected.

The media and the left particularly where flush, especially when the pro-US Mubarak was removed. I suspect his hard-line on Hamas and the Muslim brotherhood combined with the American alliance caused him to be particularly hated by righteous leftists everywhere. For them his removal was a moment of true joy and fulfillment, and if the odd female reporter had to suffer rape assault (along with plenty of other women who you will never see on a TV) well, that was the price of freedom and still worth a huzzah.

Fast forward a bit and we are more than two weeks into a second uprising in Egypt after the newly elected Muslim Brotherhood president Morsi took dictatorial powers for himself less than 24 hours after he won praise for taking the heat off the Muslim Brotherhood for not fighting Israel brokering a cease-fire between Israel & Hamas.

There are not only no cheers this time but it seems the western media in general and the US media in particular find this revolution unimportant and those fighting it not worth the trouble to cover.

Forgetting all the moral questions in terms of supporting self-determination, kowtowing to Islamists out of fear and covering the rear ends of people like Obama & Clinton who helped these thugs in the first place, This is a crime against the news industry because in my opinion this revolt is the single most significant event so far of the 21st century possibility including 9/11.

If September 11th was the high water mark showcasing the power of Islamists to the world this 2nd revolt in Egypt could be the catalyst of their ultimate destruction.

Consider: One of the reasons why Islamists are so successful is the Mafia like old world family connection. Think about it.

Lets say you are a Muslim who got sick of the rules, the repression and the life and decided to go west. Suddenly after you’ve finally established a life away from all of that you find a Saudi funded Mosque pushing the very thing you are trying to escape in your area. What do you do? You were already a part of a small minority in the west before 9/11 and afterwards a distrusted one. If you don’t tow the line word gets back to the old country, cousins, uncles and family have trouble, maybe fatal trouble, and that’s assuming they aren’t the ones outraged at you.

On top of that you add the the hypersensitivity of the media to any critique of Muslims. The person who doesn’t want to go along with pressure from the local mosque and community knows that they are not going to get any sympathy from The media.  If the honor killings, the stoning of Americans in America and Molly Norris can’t get press, threats, intimidation and worse from radical Islamists in the community won’t, particularly when there are organizations like CAIR keeping the pressure on.

Now take that and multiply it by 1,000,000 and you have the situation in Egypt, in Gaza, in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

If with the protections that the laws of United States and Western Nations provide, follows of Islam feel intimidated, how must worse must it be is when you live in a nation where a person can disappear without effort, where the authorities are used to being obeyed, where the press isn’t free, where you find yourself monitored and where the religious, social and cultural norms are against you to the point where even if people don’t take part in acts against you, they either approve or understand?

This is the true reason for the stagnation in the Arab World, it’s why the entire area has been one a giant feudal enclave for decades.

None if this is possible without the fear and the belief that things will never change and unless you give in, you will be crushed.

Terrorism is a real threat in the west but totalitarian terror is something these people have lived with for their entire lives as a matter of routine.

Now picture, just for a moment, the image of the Muslim Brotherhood being stopped, successfully defied by the people of Egypt, a people who have said enough, a people so angry and fed up that the normal terror, the normal fear and the normal intimidation and somehow even blaming it on the Jews or Christians doesn’t work?

Suddenly the wall comes down, the perception of invincibility is gone and worst of all this happens in the single most important Islamic country in the world fueled by the acts of ordinary Egyptians.

If this revolution succeeds even slightly, say with the meaningless replacement of Morsi with another Muslim Brotherhood hack, that success will be an earthquake equivalent to Lech Walesa first day in the shipyard in Poland standing up and fighting.

It took a decade for Walesa’s activism to bear fruit and another decade for the freedom of Poland and the nations behind the Iron curtain to follow.  It might take ten times that in a culture that doesn’t have the same history for this to bear fruit.

But if it does it will do so for followers of Islam far beyond the borders of Egypt.  It has the potential to change the world.

The Muslim Brotherhood understand this. It’s why they’re fighting so hard and using all of their influence to keep this a non story in the west.  They don’t want to risk the protestors on the streets of Cairo and elsewhere to get the same inspiration that Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky and other got when their stories were told in the west.

If they lose this fight it could be the beginning of the end and the Islamic world will never be the same.

How can any person who seriously gives themselves the title of “journalist” let this story go?

China 2010:

A Chinese woman has been sentenced to a year in a labor camp for retweeting a Twitter post that mocked Chinese protesters who smashed Japanese products during a recent demonstration, her fiance said Thursday.

On October 17, Cheng Jianping, under the username wangyi09, added a few words to a message written by her fiance, before resending it on Twitter.

Eleven days later on the day the couple had planned to marry, Cheng’s fiance, Hua Chunhui was taken away by the police from his office in the southeastern city of Wuxi.

Well that’s horrible! It’s a good thing we live in America where the political class would never consider suppressing those who disagree with them…oh wait

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): “There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.”

Hillbuzz nails it:

If Senator Rockefeller is so casually saying things that 20 years ago would have had him run out of town on a rail, just imagine what these nuts are saying behind closed doors in their Leftist cloisters.

Expect the media to give this the attention it deserves sometime after Joe Scarborough endorses Sarah Palin for president.

Following up on his first rate post on Howard Zinn this weekend Stacy puts up a new article at the American Spectator:

Revelation of Zinn’s support for Stalinism is unlikely to affect his standing with liberals, whose main response to the FBI disclosures was to express shock that an official of Boston University tried to get Zinn fired in 1970. Zinn’s liberal admirers obviously share his anti-American perspective, in which the FBI poses a greater danger than any foreign enemy. It was that view Zinn meant to express when, in 1986, he condemned the U.S. bombing of Libya in response to a Libyan-sponsored terrorist attack in West Berlin. “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable,” Zinn wrote.

That such a condemnation could be applied more truthfully to Zinn’s communist heroes, who slaughtered millions of innocents in pursuit of an unattainable socialist paradise, is an irony the professor apparently never contemplated.

This is uncharitable of me but I suspect he did contemplate it and brushed it aside as all fans of totalitarianism do. What are mere lives when compared to the cause? The irony that he did this from the safety of America where he was free to make a living off of his support for our foes is not lost on me.

Those who promote his views have much to answer for.