No one is paying enough attention to Venezuela, but Thor Halvorssen is on the ground down there and has a report. His mother was just shot by a group of Hugo Chávez's supporters.
Thor has been covering the Chávez regime for a while and has reported on some truly horrifying stuff, like the torture of Jesus Soriano. It makes you wonder how some Americans--both Democrats and some Republicans, like Jack Kemp--can offer Chávez cover.
I suppose it's possible that Chávez really does have popular support (although I doubt it), but that isn't entirely comforting. As George Will noted yesterday, government that is "all sail and no anchor" often leads to trouble. Democracies produced both Napoleon and Franco.
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