Dinner With the Folks Who Made Chavez Possible


Striking oil workers and relatives holding Venezuelan flags head out on
a boat to show their support for the crews of oil tankers anchored in
Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela, as some crews refuse to make their
deliveries, December 6, 2002. A crippling nationwide strike by foes of
President Hugo Chavez cut further into the vital oil operations of the
world's No. 5 crude exporter on Dec. 6, reducing oil flows at the
wellhead. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo




"We created Chavez," he said, passing the foi gras. "We spent the last half a century building bigger walls around our properties rather than trying to improve our country. He is entirely of our making."