March 19, 2009

Collapse of Constitutional Government Chronicles, Part 17,348

The 1999 Venezuelan Constitution, Article 13, says:
Venezuelan geographic space is a Peace Zone. Foreign military bases, or installations that in some way have military purposes, shall not be established by any foreign power or coalition of powers.
Reuter's says:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday said he would allow Russian planes to use one of his nation's islands on long-range flights, boosting ties between two countries at odds with Washington.
There is, to be sure, a bit more wiggle-room to this one than to the Ports thing, as they'll presumably claim that the military bases the Russians will use will technically be Venezuelan, not Russian. Still, the intent of article 13 is unmistakable, and its subversion by Chávez's decision evident.