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.


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.