Comrade Chavez To Expell Foreign Critics
Comrade Hugo Chavez rides again…into the news, that is. The "champion of free speech and democracy" has announced a decision that any outspoken critics from other countries will be deported.
"How long are we going to allow a person - from any country in the world - to come to our own house to say there's a dictatorship here, that the president is a tyrant, and nobody does anything about it?" Chavez asked during his weekly television and radio program.
The Venezuelan leader's statements came after Manuel Espino, the president of Mexico's conservative ruling party, criticized Chavez during a recent pro-democracy forum in Caracas.
Comrade Chavez, Dictator of Venezuela went on to claim that "freedoms" have been extended in Venezuela, such as the silencing of opposition broadcast stations, and that "Private property will respected," just as it did with the oil production infrastructure of the various oil companies operating (past-tense: operated) in Venezuela.
In his typically wide-ranging television program, Chavez also said Castro recently warned him to take precautions against possible U.S.-backed assassination attempts.
The U.S. passed laws forbidding assassination back in the '70s, and there have been no attempts on the life by U.S. operatives against Castro since that time. Castro is a bit paranoid in his old age if he thinks there are still designs on terminating him rather than letting nature take its course.
"The CIA is everywhere," said Chavez, who has repeatedly warned that U.S. President George W. Bush could order him killed.
I would say that the paranoia is gaining ground with Comrade Chavez if he seriously believes that such an attempt would be made. But then tyranical dictators like Chavez are really models of psychological stability. Remember the guy in the '30s/'40s with the silly little mustache?