For those of you following the shenanigans of Babylon's Banksters on the Hudson and Thames, the following two articles will be of some interest:
What is interesting is to add fuel to the speculation here. A few years ago, Vladimir Putin, when he was still president of Russia, announced that Russia would permanently base Russia warships in Venezuelan waters, a move that hardly made much of a stir at the time, but it was a clear signal to the already over-reaching American empire...
...and it passed with little protest from Washington, D.C. Then came Zboogerbrzev Zbigniewski's scheme (is that his name? and could we please have some more vowels?) to inject Western power into South Ossetia, a scheme that came unravelled during the Beijing summer Olympics when Msr. Putin sent in the tanks, toppled the puppet government, and again, sent a stern warning to the West that the attempt to encircle Russia via NATO expansion would not work.China, as well, has made great inroads into the once-American economic fiefdom of South America.
The point is, that Chavez probably did not make these moves without burning the phone lines to Moscow, Beiking, and perhaps even Tokyo, New Delhi, and Sao Paolo. Of course, the Banksters might respond as the responded to Saddam Hussein and Mohamar Qaddafi, i.e., with bombs and "insurrections," and in that case, we can expect the BRICs nations to draw even more closely together.
And we can expect something else. Russia and China will, if that happens, increase their military spending and cooperation, perhaps even venturing on joint exercises in the region. We could even possibly expect Chinese, Russian, and Brazil defense agreements.
And if the Banksters do not respond to Chavez with their usual bag of dirty tricks and platitudinous explanations, then we can expect Venezuela to gravitate increasingly into the orbit of the BRICs nations.
The bottom line: while you're watching Syria and Libya, don't forget to watch Venezuela, for Mr. Chavez, like it or not, is being used as a pawn by much more powerful nations to send messages.