Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Haiti doesn't even have oil

Probably just a coincidence:
On April 12, 2002, Chavez resigned his presidency. It said so, right there in the paper � every major newspaper in the USA, every single one. Apparently, to quote the New York Times, Chavez recognized that he was unpopular, his time was up: "With yesterday's resignation of President Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator."

Problem was, the "resignation" story was a fabulous fib, a phantasmagoric fabrication. In fact, the President of Venezuela had been kidnapped at gunpoint and bundled off by helicopter from the presidential palace. He had not resigned; he never resigned; and one of his captors (who secretly supported Chavez) gave him a cell-phone from which he called and confirmed to friends and family that he remained alive � and still president.

In unrelated news:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called United States President George W. Bush an 'asshole' yesterday for meddling, and vowed never to quit office like his Haitian counterpart as troops battled with opposition protesters demanding a recall referendum against him.
I'm sure that is unrelated to this. [all via this mefi thread; cf. atrios & maxspeak]

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