Chavez Election Rival says ‘We must defeat Goliath’

This just in from the big election battle of 2012, in Venezuela:

CARACAS: Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles described his election battle with President Hugo Chavez in biblical terms on Wednesday, saying he was David fighting against Goliath.

“We must defeat Goliath, and each one of you is David,” the underdog challenger told a rally in San Felipe, a city in the western state of Yaracuy, ahead of the October 7 presidential election.

“I am David, but each one of you is David too,” Capriles said, referring to the boy who felled the giant Philistine warrior with a slingshot and then became king of Israel.

– Abdul Ahad, “Chavez Election Rival says ‘We must defeat Goliath'”, Business Recorder, 27 September 2012

"Who threw that fucking pebble at me?" asks Hugo Chavez, as his election battle with Henrique Capriles gets biblical
“Who threw that fucking pebble at me?” asks Hugo Chavez, as his election battle with Henrique Capriles gets biblical

The entry for “Goliath” in the forthcoming Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012; ed. Mary Ann Beavis and Michael J. Gilmour) explains this use of the “David and Goliath metaphor:

“In modern usage, a ‘David and Goliath struggle’ is proverbial for a seemingly unequal contest between an overpowering opponent and a small but courageous contender. Ann Fairbairn, in Five Smooth Stones (1966), portrays the American Civil Rights Movement as a struggle against the Goliath of racism, fought by a protagonist named David. The David and Goliath metaphor has frequently been employed to provoke sympathy for a heroic Israeli underdog against a surrounding Arab coalition — despite Israel’s overwhelming military superiority since 1948.”

The Catholic Henrique Capriles, descendent of Jewish holocaust survivors, supports a return to the neoliberal policies that currently dominate the global economy. He also describes himself as being “centre-left”, a facade which seems consistent with describing himself as little David against the big, mean Goliath.

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