Even as Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri and Ali Khamenei were hedging their bets in the face of massive demonstrations, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (i.e. Hugo Chavez) congratulated the Iranian people for the extraordinary day (ripoff?) last Friday.
At the same time, the Venezuelan Government (i.e. Huguito) manifested its (his) most firm rejection to the feroucious and unfounded campaign of discredit that from abroad (???) has been unleashed against Iranian institutions. Venezuela denounced this interference in Iranian affairs (by million of Iranians?) and asks for the immediate end to these activities.
Well, it took three days, but it happened in the end according to the expected script. The only thing missing was mention of the Venezuelan opposition as being part of the interference (Sadly, they have not said anything). You have to wonder where the Venezuelan Government thinks the millions of protesters came from and how come the deaths always occur in opposition demonstrations and not in those in favor of ruling President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (sound familiar?).
But I guess Chavez is seeing himself in that mirror, the crowds are no different than those of April 2002: a majority of women and young people. The big difference is that they don’t seem to stop protesting even when they are shot at. Chavez managed to stop protests in 2002 when he ordered his people to shoot at the demonstrators in April 2002, except he did not count with having to resign. Luckily for him, we had the military making decisions and somehow stupid Carmona ended up on top and Chavez managed to come back.
But using Chavista logic, the millions in Iranian streets are just destabilizers that should be shot at and scared to death until they stay home. Such is the regard this Government has for freedom and human rights.
Maybe Venezuelans will watch what is happening in Iran closely and realize that when your rights are in play, you have to take all possible risks to defend them and next time we will not leave the streets, or the media, or our rights flailing in the wind.