Re: [OPE-L] Chavez: President of Turkey?

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Fri Dec 29 2006 - 09:05:37 EST

> Chavez was one of the few names refered to by the people. Some of
>  the people asked said sponteniously: *I wish Hugo Chavez could become 
> Turkey's president.*


Thanks for the explanation.  

I guess it's not surprising under the circumstances you describe that some
replied by declaring wistfully their preference for Chavez.  After all, he has a
large and growing reputation internationally and is looked towards with hope
by much of the Left.  I would be somewhat surprised, though, if Chavez was
currently more popular in Turkey than Sheikh Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

There is much that many in Turkey should find appealing about Nezrallah:
for instance, Hezbollah's  military success this past summer against Israel 
aggression and their effort to build a popular front by reaching out to both 
religious and non-religious Shiite, Sunni, Christian, and Druze communities in 
opposition to the US backed government.  The reports from recent 
demonstrations in Lebanon are very encouraging in this regard: indeed, it was 
commonplace for people to wear the symbols of clothing associated with 
divergent tendencies and communities as an expression of this desire for unity 
and genuine self-determination.  Hezbollah also has an excellent reputation in 
poor communities of  providing social services to the poor independently of
the state.  I would think that all of this would be very appealing to many
Turkish communities, no?

In solidarity, Jerry

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