Can The Coup Mongers Win?
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2002
"Vacuum of News" today as Venezuela's opposition-led print & broadcast media feebly tries to regroup after last week certainties that the Chavez Frias administration was to be overthrown ... in a June 15 coup d'etat that failed to take place.
From Washington we hear that the US government has conceded a temporary entry visa to Dictator-for-a-Day Pedro Carmona Estanga who has been making a nuisance of himself with the Colombian government in Bogota and is being quietly asked to move on. The US administration's overtly friendly attitude to the coupster contrasts strongly with their persistent denial of visas to Lt. Col. Hugo Chavez Frias after his February 1992 attempted coup d'etat against corrupt Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez.
The US government had said they could not grant a visitor's visa to Chavez Frias since he had been involved in a coup d'etat! This time around, of course, Carmona Estanga was to have been their puppet President...
My! How times have changed! ... or is it just typical Washington double moral? MORE