Saturday, June 10, 2006

U.S.-Venezuelan relations

Like with Cuba, U.S.-Venezuelan relations offer an endless supply of odd anecdotes. Hugo Chávez is having exercises so the local population is ready when Mr. Danger invades:

Civilian defense councils dug a tunnel inspired by Vietcong fighters to store food and arms. In one drill, troops showed reporters how they would store supplies in a cemetery and hid rifles among Virgin Mary statues during a religious festival.

In another scenario, a lookout on a motorbike practiced warning a defense committee about an impending attack by delivering a message hidden inside a bag of bananas. Others got a coded signal from a stall selling fried cheese pasties.

Delivering banana and cheese pasty messages after the U.S. invades Venezuela? I'm not even sure how to comment on that.


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