President Chavez of Venezuela (which controls the 5th largest oil supply and 15% of US oil imports) is rapidly creating a totalitarian state. He has banned dissent, controls the media and the military. He has even declared that property ownership be suspended so that the poor can move onto and raise crops on land that isn’t theirs.
With his purchase of MIG aircraft, control over media, courts and military and support of FARC (a terrorist organization in Columbia), he is quickly becoming a destabilizing force in South America.
I know it’s not Europe, but this kind of nationlism and the similarities to Germany of the 30s is eerie.
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