Roger Atwood

Roger Atwood is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C. and is the author of Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World.

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Caracas Fracas

It's hard to enumerate all the ways in which Pat Robertson has helped Hugo Chávez by urging his assassination this week. The Venezuelan president's claims that Washington has marked him for murder suddenly have some credibility. His supporters at home got some red meat, while American liberals could be forgiven for thinking there must be something to like about a man so hated by the crackpot right. No one has been harmed more by the Robertson fatwa than Chávez's own domestic opponents in the Venezuelan congress and media, the people the Bush administration had been counting on to get their act together and begin to act like a real, democratic opposition. They looked defensive and ashen-faced all week. Chávez has survived a botched coup, a 62-day general strike, and a recall referendum, all since 2002. He's a master at turning the missteps of his enemies to his advantage, but never have any of his domestic adversaries done him a favor quite like Robertson's. And anyone watching CNN...