March 4, 2006


Chavez prepares his people's army to confront US (Sophie Arie, 04/03/2006, Daily Telegraph)

Venezuela begins training a vast army of civilian reserves today to fight off the attack its Left-wing president, Hugo Chavez, says the United States is plotting against it.

The oil-rich state aims to teach up to two million volunteers, from the unemployed to office workers, shop assistants and housewives, basic military skills such as marching in step or shooting to kill.

If it reaches that size, the force will be the largest civilian reserve army in the Americas, double the size of Washington's reserves. Its creation will further inflame relations between Venezuela and the US, already characterised by insults and tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats.

Let's not be silly--an armed Venezuelan populace is a threat to Hugo, not to us.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 4, 2006 8:55 AM

i'm glad w insisted on hugo being put back into power. like father like son. isn't there one closer in that family ?

Posted by: toe at March 4, 2006 11:56 AM

I feel like writing Sophie and asking her where Venezuela is.

Why would the creation of the reserves inflame US?

Who cares?

Posted by: Sandy P. at March 4, 2006 12:08 PM

Remember, all the people Hugo talks with in the U.S. are in severe stages of Bush Derangment Syndrome. When you have Colorado high school teachers telling students Bush=Hitler, imagine what's been put in Hugo's head by folks like Harry Belafonte and Cindy Sheehan about what GWB is going to do to him. Madness by proxy.

Posted by: John at March 4, 2006 1:35 PM

"An armed Venezuelan populace is a threat to Hugo, not to us."

I suspect they will keep the guns locked up and focus on marching in step. And of course, indoctrination sessions.

Posted by: werner at March 4, 2006 2:47 PM

Chavez won't give them even machetes.

VZ is heading towards Zimbabwe, except for the oil. So I guess that means it will become Nigeria, and if Hugo converts to Islam, it will be almost a perfect analogy.

Posted by: ratbert at March 4, 2006 11:00 PM