Twitter has been loaded with rumors the past two days about Libya, and there was no juicier rumor than Moammar Gaddafi flying to Venezuela. It also turned out to be completely false, but it underlined the very public and strong bond between him and Hugo Chávez. Meanwhile, Chávez has been totally silent about events in Libya. Along these lines, I recommend Nikolas Kozloff's article in the Huffington Post. He's written fairly favorably of Chávez in the past, but pretty much nails the embarrassment of embracing people like Gadafi:
With revolution now sweeping away the most autocratic rulers across the African continent, Chávez now has a unique opportunity to redraw his political priorities. Will the Venezuelan leader see the error of his ways or continue to embrace phony Third World liberation in the guise of autocratic despotism? Señor Presidente: the silence has become truly deafening.