As Venezuela’s presidential election season heats up, the Chavez administration is cranking up its attacks on any and all possible threats to its continued rule.Given that an impressive three million voters participated in the opposition Democratic Unity Panel’s primary (which selected Henrique Capriles as its standard bearer), Chavez and company are sparing no lines of attack. Immediately after the nomination, the state ramped up a smear campaign that included, among other things, homophobic and anti-Semitic innuendo. The WSJ reports on one particular article in the state-run media:
Written as a profile of Mr. Capriles, it lists activities that show attempts to subvert Mr. Chavez’s proclaimed “21st century socialist revolution” and claims Mr. Capriles participated in a fascist, white supremacist group.‘This is our enemy, the Zionism that Capriles today represents,’ the article says. ‘Zionism, along with capitalism, are responsible for 90% of world poverty and imperialist wars.’
Chavez’s socialist regime, under threat by Zionists, Jews, capitalists, fascists, gays: This is the socialism of fools. Expect Chavez and his cronies to use all manner of disparagement to discredit his rivals and explain away his economic failures. And if that doesn’t work, he can always rig the vote.Via Meadia doesn’t expect a changing of the guard in Caracas anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean we won’t hope for it anyway.