I'd rather not start a Chavez-thread, because this is bound to turn into a quarrel over his policies rather than his leadership style... But, to tender a truism, I think that any self-confident leader would (should?) welcome criticism, rather than dismiss it, or worse deny others the possibility to criticise him.
political debate is healthy don't you think?
I think that it should go without saying that leadership needs to be criticised for it to be a good working governing body, without criticism there is no democracy because I cannot think of a single instance in which a leader can stand alone in his decision making...
Being a travel website I was interested in how people would feel if they travelled freely to a country and had to feel on guard about what they said, Chavez isnt the first leader to make a statement like this but in a developing global community I find it a hard pill to swallow, if that makes sense...
Being a travel website I was interested in how people would feel if they travelled freely to a country and had to feel on guard about what they said
Around half of the countries I have traveled in are like that.
I am more concerned about what the people who permanently live in those countries have to swallow, than the pill I have to swallow, for a week or a month.
I think, I once had a narrow escape from being deported from Mexico.
The Mexican army had just a few weeks before my visit slaughtered many indiginious Indians in the villages on the hills in Mexico. Some Italians had recently come to Mexico to do some peaceful political activism. They stood in the villages, to observe what was going on, in order to be witnesses. They were rounded up and deported. I was sitting in a cafe, in a town in Mexico shortly after this. A man I did not know asked me, if he could sit at my table. I did not think of this as more than the usual chat up thing. I said he could sit there. He immediately asked me what I thought about the situation with the Indians. I deliberately misunderstood him(because I thought he might be the police looking for more people to deport), and started talking about a tourist trip I once made to India. I did not get past the second sentence, before he decided that I am just a dippy tourist and excused himself.
Yes, it is vile to be in a country and know that horrible horrible things are happening and u cant even protest. I dread that one day, I might first hand see an atrocity and have nightmare memories about how I could do nothing to stop it.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 26, 2007, at 3:18 AM by Mel. ]
well if people only tuned into the 700 club we wouldnt have this problem anymore....