Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Chávez Wants Nukes

From the New York Times:

With his country sitting on top of some of the world's largest oil and gas reserves, and with his constant talk of socialist revolution and criticism of the Bush administration, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela has acquired a certain notoriety in Washington and with some of his Latin American neighbors.

But he has seldom sent eyebrows so high as when he recently announced plans to start a nuclear energy program with the help of Brazil and Argentina. Coupled with his talk of a spending binge on weapons like rifles, ships and combat aircraft, and his support of Iran's right to develop a nuclear program, his moves have set off a debate about his motives.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your article would have more punch if it contained a hard reference (link) to articles where they backed up your assertion: "... coupled with his talk of a spending binge on weapons like rifles..."


Oh, and the title of your posting talks about "nukes", not "nuclear energy". In colloquial English, "nukes" means nuclear weapons. Is this what you mean? Is this really a responsible title for a posting?


11/29/2005 2:05 PM  
Blogger HispaniCon said...

Although I appreciate Marina's comments, I feel I must explain my policy on postings and defend my use of the title for this post.
First, I generally don't add hard links to quotes from the articles to which I'm linking. The simple reason for that is that I don't add to the content that someone else produces. The links that I provide are part of the text that I write, and I don't like to mess with the original more than I have to. For example, when I don't quote something in full (to save space), I use elipses.
As to the title for the post, I think it is perfectly responsible. In the energy industry, with which I am very familiar because of my line of work, the term "nukes" is not used to talk about nuclear weapons, but nuclear power plants. Further, I tend to use my post titles to editorialize (something I generally don't do in the body of the post). The use of the term "nukes" is actually a play on words: I am suggesting and implying that the only reason that Chavez would want to develop nuclear power is so that one day his country can have access to nuclear technology and nuclear weapons. It's subtle, but that's the way I like it. I try to not beat anybody over the head with my views.

12/02/2005 3:20 PM  

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