Funny, I'd say it's scary because there's such concentrated power that instead of a more 'free' world, we have one where nations are "afraid to say" things, to use your words. That's scary.Whether he's an inconsequential little dickhead wannabe or not, it's obvious that many in the world think what he thinks but are afraid to say. That's even more scary. We know who Chavez is, we don't always know what the other fellow is.
But you have a differnt problem. You're fine with nations being "afraid to say" things out of fear of power - your problem is that our power isn't world-dominating ENOUGH so there are pockets of resistance.