The War on Democracy

I’ve been asked how I could say such nice things about the recently deceased President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, when leading “liberals” have dismissed him as an Anti-American Dictator. Fact is, we’ve been lied to, and much of the “liberal media” has fallen into line   regurgitating the Establishment’s propaganda without any critical analysis. Hugo Chavez wasn’t a puppet for Washington and he is condemned for that. He was a Venezuelan patriot and someone deeply committed to the welfare of his people. I truly wish he was an American, we could have used a leader with his courage. John Pilger’s documentary film provides a good explanation of United States-Venezuelan relations

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‘The War On Democracy’ (2007) was John Pilger’s first for cinema. It explores the current and past relationship of Washington with Latin American countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile.

Using archive footage sourced by Michael Moore’s archivist Carl Deal, the film shows how serial US intervention, overt and covert, has toppled a series of legitimate governments in the Latin American region since the 1950s. The democratically elected Chilean government of Salvador Allende, for example, was ousted by a US backed coup in 1973 and replaced by the military dictatorship of General Pinochet. Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador have all been invaded by the United States.

John Pilger interviews several ex-CIA agents who took part in secret campaigns against democratic countries in the region. He investigates the School of the Americas in the US state of Georgia, where Pinochet’s torture squads were trained along with tyrants and death squad leaders in Haiti, El Salvador, Brazil and Argentina.

The film unearths the real story behind the attempted overthrow of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez in 2002 and how the people of the barrios of Caracas rose up to force his return to power.

You can watch the documentary film at Vimeo – http://vimeo.com/16724719

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