From the first time I ever heard it, I’ve been a fan of the “Jews as canaries” school of thought. This theory of international politics states that when a country or region starts becoming unpleasant for Jews, it’s inevitable that it’ll soon become hostile to a lot of other people. For some reason, the Jews tend to be the first victims of tyrants and oppressive regimes — but almost never the last.
With that in mind, I find myself saddened — but not surprised — to hear that Venezuela, under thug Hugo Chavez, is starting to make life difficult for its Jewish citizenry. And since Chavez first came to power, one out of four Venezuelan Jews has left the country.
I find myself wondering how Chavez’ usual crowd of supporters will spin this development.
Hat tip: National Review.