|Venezuela's defence minister|
Thoughtfully, the Organization of American States and the United Nations are calling for restraint in this new flashpoint of regional conflict.
Chavez likens himself to Simon Bolivar, the Venezuelan-born independence leader who became the best known of the generals fighting against Spanish rule in the Americas. Last week he even had exhumed the remains of Bolivar to prove the "Libertador" was assassinated by his enemies with arsenic. Those charges are pending.
Good background on this issue in today's Christian Science Monitor: see story.
The worse thing about all of this: Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer star and coach, got involved in the middle of the diplomatic row, used for political purposes by the New Bolivar. What a show! For more from inside Venezuela from a reputed and independent source, see this story in the newspaper Tal Cual (Spanish only).