If Libya's Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi's dictatorship-like kingdom was viewed as a finger-painted story book fairytale, Hugo Chavez probably would qualify to serve as Gadaffi's court jester.
Granted, on the world stage, these two paper mache pseudo monarchs may be separated by continents, but they share one very important asset. Both are world players in global oil production, and in today's energy strapped world, those who possess this valuable resource are forewarned to keep a watchful eye on those in their close public and private circles.
This latter mentioned pal could very well lead to his downfall. When Chavez began rubbing shoulders with Ahmadinejad, certainly this relationship raised more than eyebrows around American intelligence communities. And then when the Iranians began weekly private government, uncensored and unchecked flights into Caracas some years ago, no doubt it appeared on our CIA's radar screen as more than perhaps an exchange of bananas and hemp (although Chavez is known to enjoy a bowl or two on special occasions. Maybe more-so now that his cancer serves as an excuse for openly blowing the weed)!
So, lets see how this all plays out on the world stage. But don't be surprised if one day soon you are greeted by news of a violent shake up south of the border, but closer to our shores with a shift of regime changes moving nearer our very own continent.