I had been planning a trip to
So it was with a certain sense of optimism and hope, that I stepped through the doors of the Venezuelan embassy in
For every unsubstantiated claim made by Western journalists, both of liberal and conservative persuasions, there is a Venezuelan official or Chavez admiring socialist defender to call it lies and offer their own propaganda. To sort the truth from lies from half way across the world is virtually impossible for two reasons, firstly that the Western media is a propaganda tool obviously used as a means of perpetuating Western ideology and defending the values of free market economics, secondly that some aspects of the media of Venezuela and many of the alternative sources of information such as the lecture of that evening, are merely a forum for socialist back slapping and feeding the fires of anti capitalist conspiracy theories. The speakers at this evenings lecture were seemingly honest in that they acknowledged there are people in Venezuela, particularly middle class whites, who oppose Chavez, but they said, as well as anti socialist students there are pro Chavez students. Their main concern was not just that the Western media makes up lies but more that it disproportionately reports political events in Venezuela with the intention of rallying Western support for deposing Chavez as a dictator despite the fact the vast majority of Venezuelans love him.
The evening ends with questions from the floor, several people stand up to make vaguely relevant points about biased media broadcasts and socialist uprising in South America, there are also some contributions from bizarre individuals eager for any opportunity to shout their heads off about the evils of capitalism, no one asks a proper question, which irritated me. I wanted to ask about speculations of Chavez being involved with the FARC and claims in the American media that evidence had been found on a laptop proving Chavez’ secret involvement with the Columbian terrorist organization. Mr. Moncada doesn’t address this issue, but he makes it clear anyone who attempts to describe