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Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Chavez - The Next Che?

Venezuelan Thrives on Seeing Threats From 'Mr. Danger'

CARACAS, Venezuela - The White House may be focused on Iraq and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but in Venezuela, President Hugo Chávez's most pressing concern seems to be the Bush administration. Or, as he frequently puts it, the administration's grand plans to kill him and invade this oil-rich country.

The threats are so great, Mr. Chávez has said, that he has been forced to cancel numerous public appearances and create a civilian militia force that will make the Yankee hordes "bite the dust." And he warns that if the Americans are so foolish as to invade, "you can forget the Venezuelan oil."

"If the government of the United States attempts to commit the foolhardy enterprise of attacking us, it would be embarked on a 100-year war," Mr. Chávez told Ted Koppel in a "Nightline" interview in September. "We are prepared. They would not manage to control Venezuela, the same way they haven't been able to control Iraq."
What floors me is that the mainstream press along with the political left seem to think Chavez is the best thing since goverment cheese. However, if you do some research you'll find reports of electoral fraud, political prosecution, economic incompetence, and supression of a free press. In all honesty though, many people on the left politically never took many threats seriously, including the USSR.

Further reading (in English):
El Universal
Amnesty International: Venezuela

Blogs from Venezuela (also in English):
The Devil's Excrement
Venezuela News And Views
A dream for Venezuelans
Caracas Chronicles
Pedro Mario Burelli

What you can do.