The Editor’s Perspective

10/02/2006
Chavez employs ‘fishing model’ of geopoliticsCall it the live-bait fishing model of geopolitics: first the gift, then the gaff.Terrorist groups use the technique in the Middle East, ingratiating themselves to the hard-pressed with medical and other services (the gift) even as they murder noncombatants they don’t like (the gaff).The groups answer complaints about the gaff by pointing to the gift.With a less deadly gaff, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is fishing in the US.State-owned-meaning Chavez-dominated-Petroleos de Venezuela SA is selling heating oil at discounts through its Citgo subsidiary to poor people in the US. The program began last winter after Hurricanes K...
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