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Friday, January 14, 2005

Imagine that, mini-Che Chavez, Venezuela's left-wing dictator is sending in heavily armed troops to steal private property for his new redistribution policy. The WaPo has more in this editorial, Venezuela's 'Revolution':
    "LAST SUNDAY hundreds of heavily armed Venezuelan troops invaded one of the country's largest and most productive cattle ranches, launching what President Hugo Chavez describes as his 'war against the estates.' The next day Mr. Chavez signed a decree under which authorities are expected to seize scores of other farms in the coming weeks. This assault on private property is merely the latest step in what has been a rapidly escalating 'revolution' by Venezuela's president that is undermining the foundations of democracy and free enterprise in that oil-producing country...

    The same day Mr. Chavez signed the decree, three U.S. senators -- two Democrats and Republican Lincoln D. Chafee (R.I.) -- said that they favored improving relations with his government. 'Every indication is there will be better times ahead,' said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) dismissed the land confiscations as an internal matter. It is 'critically important,' he said, 'to have that continuing flow of oil'."

Has the US abandoned the Monroe Doctrine and Roosevelt Corollary? Have we decided to let communism sow its roots once again in Latin America -- a mere 1,500 miles away? Thanks Jimmy Carter. This is what your imprimatur on the fraudulent Venezuelan elections hath wraught.