Venezuela = Nazi Germany; Chavez = Hitler
Posted by sanityinjection on February 9, 2009
Yes, I realize these are audacious statements. But the facts support the conclusion. Venezuela under dictator Hugo Chavez is more like Nazi Germany than any other regime since World War II, with the possible exception of the USSR under Stalin.
Perhaps it is more accurate to say that Venezuela resembles the very first years of Nazi Germany in the mid-1930s. Consider:
- Both regimes claimed to be the protectors of the working class
- Both regimes nationalized key industries
- Both allowed the forms of democratic elections to continue while utilizing paramilitary terrorists and secret police to enforce a de facto dictatorship
- Both regimes actively promoted anti-Semitism
- Both regimes focused on a foreign power (Russia for Germany, the US for Venezuela) as a scapegoat for the nation’s problems
- Both regimes deliberately created a cult of personality around their leaders
- Both regimes sought to destabilize neighboring states and bring to power leaders friendly to their interests
In fact, the only significant difference between Venezuela and Nazi Germany is that, with the exception of some minor squabbling about border lines, Venezuela has not adopted an ideology of expansion at the expense of other South American countries. Also, Venezuela hasn’t started slaughtering people wholesale yet – but neither did Nazi Germany for the first several years.