Opinion

Commentary: Chavez's temper tantrums aren't fooling anyone

Over the years, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has displayed a predictable pattern of behavior whenever one of his hare-brained schemes goes awry: The clearer the evidence of wrongdoing, the more false indignation he exhibits and the louder he complains.

No wonder, then, that he is throwing another diplomatic tantrum over the exposure of his connections to Colombia's leftist guerrillas, known by the acronym FARC. Weapons recovered from the FARC by Colombia's armed forces have been traced to Sweden, which sold them to Venezuela in the 1980s.

Sweden wants an explanation. The Swedish-made anti-tank AT-4 weapons were sold to Venezuela with the clear understanding that the government would be the "end user" — i.e., that they would not be passed on to anyone else.

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