I have been waiting for someone to mention his death and comment on it. To me he was another in a long line of south american strong men who subvert the rule of law for their own ideals or benefit. There have been many since Juan Peron in Argentina of both stripes, left & right. The result is that as a whole central and south america have been retarded in their growth and prevented from reaching its potential. I listened to a talk show on NPR and two reporters, one from The Nation and one from National Review comment on him and what he had done. To listen to the way they described him and the country he left you would have thought they were talking about entirely different people & countries. Whatever the sincerity of his ideas he subverted the working government and by increasing steps became a thug and hurt those he was supposed to be helping. Is it worth sacrificing your principles to get what you want? Is it better to risk losing but keeping you principles and if you then win have a chance to really make change work. With every story like this that happens elsewhere I am ever more thankful for the group of leaders we had 200+ years ago that set the US on its course. They were truly a magnificent collection of giants.