Chavez is isolating Venezuela further
Venezuela crazy President Chavez is isolating his country more and more by the minute: He has now severed his ties with Mexico after insulting its president in a radio address, calling him Bush's puppy. Fox, as expected, didn't like that very much and recalled his own ambassador as well. The severing of diplomatic relations came after a week of verbal sparring that highlighted Latin America's differences over free trade and relations with the United States. The conservative Fox tends to side with Washington on many issues, while Chavez, a socialist and populist, has been one of the hemisphere's strongest critics of Bush. Venezuela's president has repeatedly accused Fox of being a "puppy" of American interests and of disrespecting him after the pair took opposing positions during this month's Summit of the Americas. On Sunday, Chavez used his weekly radio and TV show to warn Fox: "Don't mess with me, sir, because you'll get stung." Fox retorted in an interview with CNN: "Other countries might accept (Chavez's) wording and the way he attacks everybody and he attacks institutions. We are not willing to do that in Mexico." Venezuela called its ambassador home Monday rather than apologize for the remark, and Mexico responded by recalling its own envoy to Venezuela. Now, whatever Chavez is drinking that's making him crazy seems to be also drunk by his men. Here is what they had to say about the incident. Early Monday, Fox's spokesman, Ruben Aguilar, said Mexico would expel the ambassador if Venezuela didn't apologize by midnight. Hours later in Venezuela, Foreign Secretary Ali Rodriguez said his country would not accept Mexico's demands. Venezuela "rejects as an unjustified attack the ultimatum issued by the government of Mexico," Rodriguez said. "This situation is entirely the responsibility of President Fox." What???? You called him a puppy, your President threatend him on radio and it's Fox's responsibility? Are those people high? Now, the main reason behind this lover's spat is of course the issue of free trade and the way it was brought up at the summit of the Americas early on this month. Chavez wanted the south american countries to reject the US free trade proposal and went as far as inciting a riot to ruin the summit, only to be dissapointed by only having 4 other countries siding with him and 29 siding with Bush. Altough to hear it from the media, it sounded as if Bush had his ass handed to him because 5 countries out of 34 didn't agree with him. Riiight. Keep it up Chavez, soon enough your people will get what you are doing and will kick your crazy ass to the curb. I personally can't wait to see it.