Because a chavista jerk does not speak properly English he calls he makes his representative friend try to arrest the crew of an American Airlines flight. Do not miss that cable of the US embassy that cannot tell you better what is inside the chavista mind: arrogance, paranoia, ignorance, vendetta, plain idiocy and what not.
I used to hang out with a couple, friends of my S.O. In 1999 I had an US friend visiting and we went out all together for diner one night because one of the item of that couple had lived a few years in the US. At the time I did not know that this item was deeply chavista (apparently he still is but I have not wanted to see him since 2003). Of course, being the anti-militaristic I am and being already anti Chavez since 1992, I was already talking negatively about Chavez then. Well, that item was deeply offended. At the time he did not say much (and then I was not as vocal as what I am today!). However a few weeks later I was out of the country and that item took the opportunity to have a long talk with my S.O. trying to make him break up our then still starting relationship. I think words such as vendepatria were used and arguments that one should never criticize his country/government in front of foreigners were advanced. My S.O was actually shaken enough to confront me over the phone during an expensive long distance call! Yours truly of course had no problem trouncing chavista arguments at such an early date :)
Needless to say that it took a great effort for me to still socialize with them until the 2003 January strikes when I could not take any more of their silliness and told my S.O. to visit with them as much as he wanted but I was through. He still visits them once a year I think, but really more out of duty than anything else. As far as I know they have never expressed a desire to see me either. I wonder if they know I write this blog :)