Sorry, but your friends knew the people who were involved in what - the CIA backed coup attempt against Chavez in 2002? Or perhaps the 2002 oil
worker strike that almost brought Venezuela's economy to its knees? Rather than relying upon 3rd party opinions from unkown sources, perhaps we should consider some facts to see if they support his opinion that the Venezuelan 'leadership is supporting this kind of activity, especially on Americans.'
1.If the government
is encouraging violence and presumably murder, especially on Americans, don't you find it rather bizarre that in the present case the Guardia not only helped the widow to a safe harbour, but have already made an arrest?
2. Even more bizarre, the Chavez government
has just entered into an agreement with Bernie Ecclestoneto to build a new circuit on Isla de Margarita and host an annual Formula 1 race
- does your friend suspect that he has done this so about 100,000 foreign nationals can enter Venezuela
each year as fresh targets for the violence he is encouraging?
3. Is your friend able to expain the huge investment made in Venezuela in the last two years by Hewlett-Packard (an American company) in order to expand their operations there; or the billion plus dollar assembly plant built there by Toyota 3 years ago? Perhaps they lack his intelligence on the true situation in Venezuela; alternatively, perhaps they have a callous disregard for their investors and for the the lives and safety
of their employees.
4. Indeed, if Chavez is a murderous thug, didn't your friend find it astonishing that he did not have the coup leaders executed, but rather had them either exiled or incarcerated?
5. Finally, despite your friend's intelligence, the number of tourists and yachters visiting Venezuela annually continues to rise. So too does the number of airlines and tour companies that now have direct flights to Margarita Island.
Are there areas in Venezuela where security
should be a concern for cruisers? Yes, just as in every nation. Are there people who do not enjoy their stay in Venezuela? Yes, just as there are disappointed, even frightened visitors to Canada
and the U.S.
Those visitors who witness violence in our cities, or who have the misfortune of actually being the victims of the same, will undoubtedly return home with horror stories about our nations. And while that may explain, it certainly does not justify sweeping and inaccurate generalizations about a country or its leadership.