Friday, February 25, 2011

The Friends You Keep, Ctd

The Bolivarian republic continues to see no evil:
Not a drop of blood has been shed in Libya in the last three days and the capital is “totally calm,” according to the Venezuelan ambassador to Tripoli.
Afif Tajeldine said the media has been playing four-day-old images and pretending events are occurring today, according to an e-mailed statement sent by Venezuela’s Information Ministry.
“This is the third day in which not a single drop of blood has been spilled in Libya,” Tajeldine said, according to the statement.
which I find unsurprising. More from Reuters:
Revolts in Libya and elsewhere in the Arab world are politically awkward for Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez due to his friendships in the region and opposition accusations that he too is a strongman.
His relationship with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been particularly warm, the pair showering each other with gifts and awards over the last few years.
Is it too much to expect even a few qualifying words from the great emancipator's PR duo?

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