Sunday, November 08, 2009

Peace Through Strength!

Hugo Chavez raises tensions with neighboring Columbia, tells troops to prepare for war:
"The best way to avoid war is preparing for it," Chavez told military officers during his weekly television and radio program. Venezuela's socialist leader has also cited a recent deal between Bogota and Washington giving U.S. troops greater access to military bases as a threat to regional stability.

I don't have any intrinsic problem with Venezuela demonstrating defensive military readiness. It's in an unstable region; it needs to self-help. But we shouldn't be that surprised that a former coup-leading army paratrooper is actually every bit as belligerent, bombastic, and militaristic as the "empire" (the United States) he is perpetually accusing of trying to spark global warfare.

3 comments:

Patton said...

David, David, David, don't you know that his motto is actually "Peace is our profession"? Or perhaps I didn't remember correctly. Perhaps it's "The pot calls the kettle black."

David Schraub said...

Peace through superior firepower.

Charlie H. Ettinson said...

Reminds me of (and stands in contrast to) a comment from Einstein. Something to the effect of 'It is impossible to simultaneously hope for peace and prepare for war' or words to that effect.