A US company, Pandemic, is going to sell a videogame, named Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, in which a US invasion is simulated in a country ruled by a tyran with the grasp of the oil refineries and with the final objective to throw out the tyran. This has worsened even more the US-Venezuelan relationship.
“The players take the place of soldiers to throw out a hungry tyran/dictator who varies the supply of Venezuelan oil, unleashing an invasion that makes the country a war place“. The simulated mission is began by a Marines’ commando to take it by a military assault.
This happens when Caracas has reinforced its alliance with Iran about the nuclear crisis. Ahmadinejah said:
“We hace a lot of common ideals and aims that unites us profoundly. And our common enemies’ position are each day less strong”.
Their common interests are so great they lack the same thing: oil refineries. As a result they are just making a new one jointly.
This came afterwards Bush said he was worried about an important erosion in democracy both in Bolivia and Venezuela.
Newsweek comments also about Chávez:
Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez is the new rock star of world politics. His impassioned rants against globalization, with animated poses to match, make front-page headlines almost daily. The commentariat-particularly in Europe-seems to buy Chávez’s line that Latin Americans are so disenchanted by their short tryst with liberalism that they now prefer a strongman to spread the benefits of a commodity boom. The recent moves by a Chávez soulmate, Evo Morales, to renationalize the energy resources of Bolivia reinforce a growing perception that Latin America is lurching to the radical left.
Read it all.
US had made arrangements to consider Lybia is fighting against terrorism. I was not the least happy about it. And at the same time Gadaffi says he is going to receive Chávez. As a result, Washington is going to suspend the selling of weapons to Caracas because of its lack of collaboration with the fighting of terrorism.
So Chávez is going to ask Oliver Stone to make a film about the failed coup d’état that took place in April 2002. “I am sure that there are a lot of people that are not willing the truth to come out because this people is going to investigate to have the truth and is going to tell both the good and the bad that happened then”, Chávez said. What? The same man who said that Castro is one of the wisest man on Earth is going to find the truth?
Of course the Bolivian election has made him think himself he can conquer all South America as Alan García has said (HT Babalu Blog). This can be based on the possible presence of “Cuban and Vanezuelan infiltrates” that would be sending weapons to Peru for desestabilization’s purposes. From last December there has been a very important growth in the number of Venezuelan who are entering Peru.
As a result of the nationalization about the gas companies by Evo’s Government, Chavez’s ally, Enron and Shell have offered to sell all the shares of their Bolivian company, Transredes (Transporatadora de Hidrocarburos). The reason for this are the hard conditions the Bolivian Government was asking of theis firms.
Eike Batista is also going from Bolivia. In his case, he is going to dismount all the inversions he has done there. The total amount of the promised inversion was $330 million to build a siderurgical plant to produce 400 tons of steel.
Spanish CEOE (Firms Union) has said the nationalization decree is a very grave violation of the law security principle.
Anyway, Evo is very happy of the help Chávez is giving him: Bolivian oppostion is not. They are asking him once and again why there are so many Venezuelan militars in Bolivia. Nevertheless, he keeps on smiling at Chávez and this last one is going to sent two helicopters “Superpuma” as the first step for a “Hispanic-American force”.
The Indian communities are going to press for Evo to become Peace Nobel Prize. It would another shameful record for the Nobel Peace award.
Of course, our President Zapatero -another one who thinks that giving the country to ETA terrorists is going to grant him that Prize- has been (again) kicked in the ass by that cavalier français, Chirac. He has supported Evo’s movement of nationalization, even when one of the most hurt firms of all has being the Spanish-Argentinian Repsol YPF (see here, here for past posts on these subject). So the questions El Iberoamericano makes cannot be more accurate:
Would Zapatero support France in the EU negotiation hurting Spanish interests as he did when he gave away Spanish position, easing the de-bloquage in the making of the new EU Constitution?
I think honestly that he prefers Castro, Chávez and Mohamed VI than to be a modern and European leader. But of course, I am no fan of Zapatero.
Anyway, Chávez is not only manoevring to put his allies in Venezuela. But he is also intending the oil barrel to grow even more. When he came to power in 1999, oil barrel costed $10, now $70. His Energy Minister has said next meeting of OPC in Caracas is no more that the realisation of their policies. They are again calling for curtail oil production, supported by Iran. BUT as Publius Pundit reports, the rest of Arab countries are not willing to curtail production and in fact have said they are going to keep like it is, at max.
And he actually praised Carlos the Jackal (The Bosun says he is the uncle of Venezuelan Engergy Minister…). Now in French prison, Carlos was fined not long ago, because he said that terrorist attacks sometimes were necessary (at the end of the post) and that USA, the Great Satan, merited 9/11. Would he also think Spain merited March 11th? Would that change the vision Zapatero has of Venezuela? Let me doubt it.
And Zapatero is intending to sell more airplanes to Venezuela, as he did last year, when Bono, then Defense Minister said that the warships and planes (mostly to transport troops) they were selling to Venezuela, were for defense, and that they were not selling them with weapons (HT Prevost). Of course, Venezuela does not have any possibility to buy the weapon or, at least, to build it themselves. My goodness, they are not more idiots because in the night they sleep and cannot practise it… What a marvellous Government…
Some of the news here are collected from NUEVO DIGITAL.