Venezuelan Coca Puff

He’s cuckoo for coca leaves!  All of my suspicions have been confirmed.  I thought maybe Venezuelan dictator, Hugo Chavez, was just delusional and certifiable.  But it seems there is more to the story.

Venezuela’s controversial President Hugo Chávez has revealed that he regularly consumes coca — the source of cocaine — raising questions about the legality of his actions.

Chávez’s comments on coca initially went almost unnoticed, coming amid a four-hour speech to the National Assembly during which he made international headlines by calling on other countries to stop branding two leftist Colombian guerrilla groups as terrorists and instead recognize them as “armies.”

”I chew coca every day in the morning . . . and look how I am,” he is seen saying on a video of the speech, as he shows his biceps to the audience.

Chávez, who does not drink alcohol, added that just as Fidel Castro ”sends me Coppelia ice cream and a lot of other things that regularly reach me from Havana,” Bolivian President Evo Morales “sends me coca paste . . . I recommend it to you.”

That explains a lot – a whole lot.  How else can you account for his delusional, irrational and repulsive actions and statements?  When I read this, I almost fell out of my chair.  This isn’t just a sarcastic post.  It really got me to wondering.  I also wonder about the legal issues.

”It is another symptom that [Chávez] has totally lost the concept of limits,” said Aníbal Romero, a political scientist with the Caracas Metropolitan University. “It shows Chávez is a man out of control.”

More seriously, Venezuelan and Bolivian analysts said Chávez’s comments amount to a dangerous endorsement of a substance controlled around the world, and perhaps even an illegal act by a very public head of state.

”If he is affirming that he consumes coca paste, he is admitting that he is consuming a substance that is illegal in Bolivia as well as Venezuela,” said Hernán Maldonado, a Bolivian analyst living in Miami. ”Plus, it’s an accusation that Evo Morales is a narco-trafficker” for sending him the paste.

Morales and Chavez – two thugs in a pod.  One is a drug-smuggling junkie, and the other is just a delusional junkie.  Aside from the obvious fact that this calls into question their abilities to lead their nations, it also calls into question their ability or desire to stymie drug-smuggling.  Bolivia is a hot bed of cocaine production, and Venezuela is a safe route for the smugglers.  Then there is this –

In early 2007, Venezuela signed an agreement to buy 4,000 tons of coca leaf from Bolivia in what it said was an effort to diminish the supply available for refining paste and cocaine and launch the manufacture of food and medicinal products on an industrial scale.

Makes sense. If Chavez hadn’t stopped the efforts to get more coca into the country, the voters might have been drugged up enough to pass his communist constitutional “reforms.”  Chavez might want to rethink things and start up full-scale importation from Bolivia so he can dope the masses into accepting the imbecilic proposals that he advocates for Venezuela.