David Paulin writes at The Big Carnival of the degeneration of the Chavez regime into a thug state. It has gotten so bad that some of Chavez's leftist supporters are now disowning him, as they see that socialism is just an excuse for power and riches being grabbed. a remarkable news conference in Caracas [was] given by Luis Miquilena, 87, who guided Chávez to his first landslide election win. A long-time leftist, Miquilena left Chávez's cabinet five years ago, and at the news conference he savaged El Presidente. Miquilena thus joined a long list of former Chávez allies who parted company with the autocratic populist after seeing what he was all about. A similar pattern occurred in Cuba as Fidel Castro showed his true colors, following his democratic "revolution" some 50 years ago.
"This is a government with a hypocritical authoritarianism that tries to sell the world certain democratic appearances," Miquilena said at a daily newspaper, El Nacional, which has been critical of Chávez's government. "The government is not abiding by any rule. It has all the characteristics of a dictatorial government."
As Miquilena nears the end of his life, it is ironic and sad that he must now bear witness to Venezuela's slide into what has all the appearances of a dictatorship, albeit for its democratic trappings. He had held his tongue until now. As a young man, Miquilena saw Venezuela emerge from the dictatorship of Gen. Marcos Perez Jimenez into a democracy. By some accounts, he was tortured by that dictator's secret police.
Miquilena's comments came days before Chávez was expected to be ruling by "decree." And once that happens, don't expect the nation's airports to hum with efficiency.
Paulin also recounts his own kidnapping at Caracas Airport, which according to him has deteriorated in such a dangerous place that KLM will not allow its crews to overnight there. Instead, it flies planes and crews to Curacao, and then has them return in the morning to pick up outbound passengers.