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

From: Dogan Goecmen (Dogangoecmen@AOL.COM)
Date: Fri Dec 29 2006 - 10:24:36 EST

sorry, I should have added that in the survey Chavez's and Che's names were  
mentioned more often than Tayyip Erdogan, the contemporary primeminister of  
In einer eMail vom 29.12.2006 15:05:58 Westeuropäische Normalzeit schreibt  

> 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 
opposition to the US backed  government.  The reports from recent 
demonstrations in Lebanon  are very encouraging in this regard: indeed, it 
commonplace for people to  wear the symbols of clothing associated with 
divergent tendencies and  communities as an expression of this desire for 
and genuine  self-determination.  Hezbollah also has an excellent reputation 
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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