Spare a Tear for Venezuela

It has just given emergency powers to Nicolás Maduro so that he can rule like a dictator and further wreck the Venezuelan economy. It has also annihilated all vestiges of democracy in the country. I am sure, of course, that whatever fans Maduro–and the late, unlamented Hugo Chávez–still have will say nothing about this latest move to tyranny, and will be more than happy to allow Venezuela to go under the jackboot so long as “socialism” continues to have its day in the country, and continues to wreak havoc on the lives of ordinary Venezuelans in the process.