By A.M. Mora y Leon, The American Thinker
October 26th, 2004 - Like
many dictators, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela sees assassination
plots all around him. Every month or so he comes out with a newly
discovered one that was foiled just in time. As
with other strongmen, it’s a useful tool for shoring up his base of
“revolutionary defenders” and maybe hauling a dissident or two off to
jail. Best of all, Chavez can Blame Bush.
The drug dealers knew who he was and that he intended to smash them, which is why they threatened the campaign period
and vowed to machinegun even voters lining up at the polls if they
dared cast any ballot at all, which after all, could have been for
Uribe. Colombia’s brave voters defied the killers and voted in Uribe. The terrorists responded by trying to murder the president on his innauguration day. He’s no ordinary Colombian president. And they’re trying to kill him.
So why does Chavez announce a new death plot every few months while President Uribe keeps his death plots a state secret?
I think it has most to do with who their respective enemies are. President Uribe’s enemies are cold-blooded killers.
Bombs, guns and suspects are rounded up with each close call. The secrecy of how many plots have been foiled is to keep the morale of the people intact and leave potential assassins in the dark as to how easy it might be to try to kill the president.
Chavez, on the other hand, is looking at something very different. His so-called enemies are people who oppose him through the peaceful street demonstrations and
the ballot box. There are no narcoterrorists looking for him,
there’s no exploded ordnance or other evidence to hide from the
cameras. There’s certainly no people’s morale to preserve, either, by
this loose assassination talk. Chavez’s empty “plots” amount to
accusations and ultimately threats to intimidate opponents.
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