line, in squalor, unsafe homes, with little food and rolling blackouts of electricity, amongother things. A critical issue that Mr. Chávez refuses to discuss with the people of Venezuelan is theamount of money coming into the country, that has been the highest in the nation'shistory, yet billions of bolivars and dollars have been squandering to purchase weaponsin Russia and other countries, and the disbursing of significant amounts of money toother Latin American countries in exchange for promises of political loyalty andsupport.Too, Mr. Chávez refuses open debate with his opponent, citing the opposition is not worthy to face him. A real and major concern for a once proud Venezuelan homeland is Mr. Chávez havingtaken up the banner of Fidel Castro and Cuba's failed revolution of atrocities, humanrights abuses and shameful misery.Today, Venezuela's violent crime rate is among the worst in the world (see "Crime in Venezuela",
, April 14, 2012). This fact begs the question as to how cannearly 15,000 policemen be deployed to presidential election watch, along with military officials, and not to an ever increasing homicide rate that may be the worst in the worldtoday? There were 19,336 homicides in 2011 alone. Kidnapping, extortion, and armedrobberies are taking place throughout Caracas and other cities, including areas generally presumed safe and frequented by tourists.Mr. Chávez responded to this disparity in policing needs by justifying election security,saying "... his government would not accept 'acts of violence' like in 2002 and 2003," when he was briefly overthrown in a coup and resisted a 2-month general strike thatparalyzed oil production and the economy.Mr. Chávez says he is expecting the opposition to say that there was fraud during theforthcoming elections, adding, "I'm making a list of actions for my government to takein the event that we see other episodes of violence. If they dare to try something they'llregret it for the rest of their lives."This rash and threatening dialogue in contrast to his own former efforts and acts todestabilize the Venezuelan government's status quo -- after leaving prison, following two years of incarceration for leading an unsuccessful coup d'état in 1992. Widespread allegations of Chávez-regime corruption continue to surface. The recentcapture of Sergio Villarreal Barragan, known as "El Grande", of the Mexican BeltranLeyva drug organization, revealed additional charges. Mr. Barragan accused Venezuelanmilitary generals of "complicity in an international cocaine trafficking network that sentdrug flights to Mexico with tons of cocaine, from the northwest Venezuela city of Maracaibo to the Toluca airport in central Mexico". It was reported that Mr. Barraganconfessed "several Venezuelan generals knew of the operation, as did (incarcerated) Venezuelan drug kingpin Walid Makled".