Reading this article, I was struck by a resemblance between what Hugo Chávez (El Shiz Nic) is doing currently and what Kim Jong-Il has done in regards to keeping a tight rein on the military and their loyalty. The article title is “Chávez Seeks Tighter Grip on Military”. Chávez has:
- Arrested former admiral, Carlos Millán, general Wilfredo Barroso, captain Otto Gebauer, and defense minister, Gen. Gustavo Rangel Briceño was fired
- Revoked the authority of as many as 800 military officers last year after doubts surfaced over their loyalty to Mr. Chávez (not to Venezuela), according to news reports
One also notes that not only has there been ties of friendship between North Korea and Venezuela before now as well, there are Haaretz and AP reports that allege Venezuela has sold uranium to Iran.