Stephen Lendman
The Baltimore Chronicle
November 5, 2009

[efoods]At a time of growing US poverty, hunger, homelessness, and despair, imperial wars without end, and the Obama administration even worse than its predecessor, Venezuela:

— is a model participatory democracy;

— holds free, fair and open elections;

— respects the rule of law, civil liberties, and human rights;

— doesn’t intimidate its neighbors;

— uses its resources responsibly for the people;

— provides essential social services for the needy;

— champions judicial fairness and the rule of law;

— has a model free and open media;

— wages no foreign wars;

— doesn’t torture or imprison its adversaries;

— conducts effective operations to halt illicit drugs trafficking;

— promotes global peace, solidarity, equality and social justice; and

— its only threat is its good example that shames its northern neighbor.

In contrast, America:

— is a serial belligerent and world class bully;

— spends more on militarism than the rest of the world combined at a time when it has no enemies;

— backs the world’s worst dictators and fake democrats like Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe, a man closely linked to the country’s paramilitary death squads and drug cartels; and

— through the CIA, has actively engaged in global drugs trafficking since the agency’s 1947 founding; it profits hugely from its dealings with local traffickers; so do major US banks and other powerful business and financial interests.

In addition, Washington

— serves the rich at the public’s expense;

— tolerates corruption at the highest levels;

— subverts democracy through electoral fraud;

— has a closed, corrupted dominant media system serving the powerful, not the greater good;

— incarcerates hundreds of political prisoners;

— uses torture as official policy; and

— wages state-sponsored terrorism and global wars.

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