Really, I'd love to hear from some of the United Nations/Hugo Chavez defenders after you read these two stories...
The first is another UN scandal that could be bigger than the Oil for Food scandal (it was big- even though the MSM buried it). United Nations money could have funded Kim Jong-il's secret nuclear bomb program.
"...The new head of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, has ordered an emergency external review of all UN expenditure after claims that up to $100 million meant for development aid was channelled into the hands of North Korean officials.
The allegation, made by US officials, prompted fears that the money from the agency may have helped fund Pyongyang's secret nuclear bomb programme. Mr Ban's rapid response to the US claim is a sign that he wants to avoid being dragged down by the sort of UN scandals that dogged his predecessor as secretary general, Kofi Annan. The organisation's former chief was widely criticised for his handling of the Iraqi oil-for-food affair, under which Saddam Hussein skimmed off an estimated $10 billion from the UN programme.
In the latest "dollars-for-dictators" controversy to embroil the UN, officials at its Development Programme (UNDP) acknowledged that since 1998 it had employed North Korean staff, hand-picked by the Stalinist regime of Kim Jong-il, and paid their salaries and other expenses in hard currency into a fund controlled by Pyongyang.
American officials made clear their alarm in a series of letters to the UN..." (source)
What could we really expect from an organization that had Kurt Waldheim as a Secretary General and Syria on the security council...It should be interesting to watch this one get buried too.
And then we move on to Hugo Chavez...I can't tell you how many sites I've read throughout the left'o'sphere that defends him by saying, "He was elected, Venuzuela is a Democracy."
"...- Venezuelan lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill granting President Hugo Chavez the power to rule by decree for 18 months so that he can impose sweeping economic, social and political change.
Emboldened by his landslide re-election last month, the leftist leader has called for 'revolutionary laws' to accelerate the country's transformation into a full socialist state.
'This process is unstoppable,' lawmaker Juan Montenegro Nunez told the National Assembly Thursday. 'This process is a historic necessity.' The vote was unanimous as the National Assembly has been entirely filled with Chavez's allies since opposition parties boycotted 2005 elections.
Chavez began his third term last week by announcing his intent to nationalize key sectors of the economy, rewrite the country's constitution to eliminate presidential term limits, and strip the Central Bank of its autonomy.
Among the changes, Chavez is seeking an end to presidential term limits, which would allow him to run again for the presidency in December 2012.
Chavez says he is crafting a new sort of '21st century socialism' for Venezuela. Critics say it is starting to look like old-fashioned totalitarianism by a leader obsessed with power." (source)
Ruling by decree and no term limits...not really my definition of democracy...but what do I know, I'm just a gringo.