Hugo Chavez Borrows From Hitler’s Playbookby Doug Mataconis
It seems that Jewish people in Venezuela are becoming just a little concerned about their President’s ties to people like the President of Iran:
Venezuelan Jews, long uneasy with the Chávez government’s alliances with Iran and other Middle Eastern countries that espouse anti-Israel views, are concerned that the government is sponsoring anti-Semitism in this hemisphere, a prominent journalist said Tuesday.
”The situation we have now in Venezuela is that for the first time in modern history we have government-sponsored anti-Semitism in a Western country,” said Sammy Eppel. “That is why this is very dangerous, not just for the Jewish community in Venezuela but for the Jewish community as a whole.”
Among the examples offered by Eppel:
Venezuelan government intelligence services twice have raided the country’s most important Jewish center in a vague, ultimately unsuccessful search for weapons. Publications of the government’s cultural ministry run articles entitled ”the Jewish Question,” along with a Jewish star superimposed over a swastika.
Given how buddy-buddy Chavez has become with the Iranians, it’s not surprising that he would be adopting that regimes anti-Semitism, because the one thing a dictator always needs is an internal enemy to act as a scapegoat. Chavez, it seems, has found his.