See Chavez's holy war By Samuel Gregg:
"There are three things all aspiring dictatorships seek to control or destroy.
Some people will say: Who cares? Let Venezuela worry about this.
Unfortunately, Hugo is hanging around with some very bad people.
The Wall Street Journal has a great editorial. See Hugo and Mahmoud:
"The Iranian President stopped by Caracas on Saturday as part of a four-day engagement with Latin America's new leftist governments. On Sunday, the Iranian communed with Nicaragua's new boss, Daniel Ortega, and then on Monday he hit the inauguration of Ecuador's new pro-Chávez President Rafael Correa."
This is a little too close for comfort. Hugo Chavez is a trouble maker. See Enemy in Our Back Yard:
"Until recently, Mr. Chavez and his fellow Latin American leftists were an annoyance for advocates of free trade and good governance. Now that they've allied themselves with Islamic extremists, however, they've become a great deal more dangerous."
Is Hugo Chavez stupid enough to get WMDs? I don't know. At the same time, I did not think that he would be stupid enough to create a dictatorship after winning an election.
The moral of the story? The world is a dangerous place and it does not matter how many times we look the other way.