The death this week of Venezuelan despot Hugo Chávez death this week, while not a surprise given his health, is still a big deal.
“Chávez’s death has far-reaching—and potentially dangerous—implications for the U.S. and the world, “ The Heritage Foundation’s Jessica Zuckerman explains.
Recent actions by interim president Nicolás Maduro “threaten to take a dangerous situation from bad to worse,” Zuckerman says, and could “spark strong anti-American violence in Venezuela like that seen throughout the Middle East late last year.” Maduro went so far as to blame the United States for Chávez’s illness. While plainly ridiculous, in Venezuela these remarks may be taken seriously. Continue Reading »