I found this story off drudgereport.com http://http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/04/04/wchavez04.xml
I was inspired to write this post after just reading a story in National Geographic titled "The New Venezuela" (April 2006). Is it just me, or does Chavez remind you of any certain rulers of the past century? Land reform (aka government takeover of private property), seizing assets of foreign companies, changing laws to make dissent against el Presidente an imprisonable offense, hobnobbing with Castro. Where is the outcry in this? It looks like this man is setting himself up to be another Stalin, and we hear about how evil we are for not providing air conditioning for gitmo detainees. At what point will the "international community" do something about him before blood begins to be spilled? His manic obsession with Simon Bolivar gives the impression he too wants to create a pan-american "republic." I can only shudder at what means Chavez might possibly be considering to do that.