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  • Can Hugo Chávez Mend His Ways?

    What is there in May air that brings out the combativeness in Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez?

    In less than two weeks, Venezuela’s strident, socialist leader has finished nationalizing his nation’s steel industry, given the green light for new purchases of Chinese and Russian-made arms, and denounced German Chancellor Angela Merkel as an heir of Hitler after she criticized Chávez’s oil-driven “socialism of the 21st century.” Furthermore, Chávez accused Colombia of plotting to start a war with Venezuela in order to draw the U.S. into intervening in his country.

    Last week Interpol’s long-awaited forensic review of computers previously belonging to the second in command of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) ended. The head of Interpol affirmed the computers, captured on March 1, showed no evidence of alteration or tampering by the Colombian government.

    Reams of documents recovered from the guerrilla base camp provide a detailed look inside the minds of Latin America’s oldest, most deadly guerrilla/terrorist organization. Today, in democratic Latin America, the secretive FARC commands an army of 10,000, protects coca fields and cocaine labs for cash and holds hundred of hostages, including three Americans, for exchange or ransom.

    There is no doubt that Chávez is engaged in a dangerous association with the terrorist and narcotic-trafficking organization in an attempt to undermine the elected, pro-U.S. government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. To advance his populist-socialist agenda, Chávez plays freely with political fire.

    Chávez is an increasing liability to peace and stability in the Western Hemisphere. His belligerent and erratic behavior deserves public condemnation at home and abroad. The Bush administration still hopes to employ some final leverage against Chávez, urging him, in the words of Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere Tom Shannon, “to commit itself to using its relationship with the FARC to promote peace or … explain why members of its government are conspiring against a democratic neighbor.”

    Patience with Chávez is increasingly in short supply and those inclined to press for some form of sanctions against him and/or his country will gain ground if he does not mend his ways soon.

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    3 Responses to Can Hugo Chávez Mend His Ways?

    1. David Blomstrom, Sea says:

      Thanks for the blast of right-wing propaganda.

      Unfortunately, I'm of a different persuasion. I'm running for public office and am using my campaign to support Hugo Chavez. I've also launched a new website at http://www.viva-chavez.com.

      And if the U.S. or its Latin American stooge, Colombia, invades Venezuela, I'll be cheering for Chavez every step of the way.

      David Blomstrom

      Viva Chavez!

    2. Jason, Vancouver says:

      Years ago, Chavez blamed President Bush for an earthquake (not the aftermath or clean-up, but of causing the actual earthquake). Chavez is widely seen as mentally unstable, and not just by "right wingers" in the US. He is all slogans but is destroying his country, usurping political power, crushing freedoms, and ruining Venezuela's economy by nationalizing industries this scaring away investors, setting arbitrary prices on commodities causing massive food shortages, and generally mismanaging everything. Only those with their heads in the sand see Chavez as a great man. Any Americans who think of him as such would be advised to move to Venezuela and experience Chavez's incompetence first hand.

    3. David, New Orleans says:

      Finally, a left-wing whacko that is not afraid to reveal the truth behind his intent…

      David Blomstrom – you, are certifiably, off of your rocker. At least you have the courage to reveal your Socialist beliefs, unlike the vast majority of left-wingers in this great country. I sincerely hope that more of your ilk show their colors as you have. Perhaps that will knock some sense into the voting public, and they will prevent your filth from spreading.

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