Diary of a madman

The simian prince of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, continues his descent into madness.

When we last looked in on President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela he was fuming because departing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe had the nerve to give the Organization of American States documentary proof of Venezuela’s support of the narco-terrorist FARC organization in his country. Mr. Chavez threatened war.

He was also still upset about the U.S. Treasury Department declaring in 2008 that the two top intelligence officials in the Chavez government, along with a recent Interior minister, were guilty of arming, abetting and funding FARC. So Mr. Chavez proclaimed that a U.S. diplomat, who truthfully related this fact in answer to a question from the Senate, was unwelcome in Venezuela.

More recently, he has accused his political opposition of sabotaging Venezuela’s electrical grid, which has malfunctioned since he nationalized it. The Wall Street Journal reports other nationalized industries have recently experienced a string of costly accidents, probably caused by mismanagement. “We are facing a wave of sabotage, I have no doubt,” said the president. An electrical engineer who revealed unfriendly thoughts about Mr. Chavez on Twitter is under arrest for inciting others to kill the president.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chavez has had the bones of Venezuela’s founding hero, Simon Bolivar, exhumed for DNA studies. Some think he wants to claim descent from The Liberator, others that he wants to prove that Bolivar was murdered by U.S. agents. He sees one plot after another against him.

The reasonable explanation for all these strange goings-on — if the word “reasonable” can be applied to a man such as Hugo Chavez — is that he faces an economy in shambles and a cliff-hanging parliamentary election on Sunday.