We missed an important moment at the Miss Universe pageant on Saturday night. The outgoing Miss Universe made a little political statement on her final catwalk that was visible to Venezuelans but probably no one else, holding up an obsolete seven star pre-Chavez era flag. She did it to signal distress in her country, and nowhere is that move evident than in Venezuela’s violent crime. This week the news came out that Caracas is the most violent city in the world, a distinction it holds over Kabul, Baghdad, Sao Paulo and Ciudad Juarez.
Hugo Chavez has made Venezuela a real hellhole and that’s prompting little public statements amid public discord. Investor’s Business Daily brings the news in “The killing fields of Caracas.”
JOHN laments: I can’t believe I missed this, but on television I didn’t see the flag, let alone appreciate its significance. The outgoing Miss Universe, Stefania Fernandez, was the second consecutive from Venezuela. Her predecessor, as we noted more than once, was openly anti-Chavez. It is good to see Miss Fernandez standing up for her oppressed fellow citizens, too.
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