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Can Force Enforce Freedom?

Scott on May 28, 2007 at 4:30 pm

Hugo Chavez, the shoot-from-the-hip-America-is-evil-Castro-is-a-god- freedom-is-overrated leader of Venezuela, has kicked the Socialist plans for his country into high gear. Last night he shut down the only public television station that was broadcasting critical commentary of his rule of the country. He has already taken over the Venezuela’s oil production. Chavez has ordered colleges and universities closed tomorrow, as his military and police forces move to squash protests and public gatherings attended by both students and professionals.

It is interesting how the situation in Venezuela mirrors the events that unfolded in Chile and Cuba in years past. I can’t help but pray for the poor people who are stuck in this country without a way to leave.

It is times like this where I have to wonder if force can/should be used to create and enforce freedom. I know it appears to be a contradiction in terms, but I’m not so sure. The world will always be populated by madmen and tyrants who will attempt to rise to power in order to advance their own personal agendas. In their wake they leave dead witnesses to their grand plans and schemes. Besides the dead, there are the victims of torture and political incarceration whose lives are ruined. (Go read about Pinochet’s reign of terror in the country of Chile and the group of people called “the disappeared.”)

Hugo Chavez, Kim Jung-il, Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, etc, etc, etc. At some point, shouldn’t the free peoples of the world step up and knock these people out of power? “Escape from New York” (the movie) may have had a point. Maybe we should gather all of these dudes together and drop them on an island with their closest “advisers.” Whoever comes out on top gets to control the island, until the next wannabe tyrant is dropped on the island.

I’m just thinking out loud. More on this later.

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