King Juan Carlos of Spain has started a wave:
Spanish Smack-Down at Investor’s Business Daily explains,
Spain’s King Juan Carlos delivered the repartee heard ’round the world Saturday by ordering Venezuela’s abusive dictator to “shut up” at a summit. Drawing the line there may mark a turning point.
That’s because Spain isn’t just any country, and its monarch isn’t just any figurehead. In asking “why don’t you shut up” to Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, Juan Carlos signaled that time has run out on democracies’ tolerance of anything a boorish dictator seeking to dominate the region can dish out.
That’s no small thing. Chavez’s manners reflect his leadership. At the Ibero-American summit of Spain, Portugal and their former colonies in the Americas in Santiago, Chile, he unloaded a raft of loutish insults. Meanwhile, Venezuelans rioted in the streets back home over his ongoing domestic power grab.
And now they put up the banner, too.
Daniel and Andres Oppenheimer both wonder if the Chavez-King fight might be a distraction maneuver by Chavez so we do not discuss anymore the repression in Venezuela.
UPDATE, Wednesday 14 November:
Via Pajamas Media, Chavez Demands Spanish King Juan Carlos Apologize for Verbal Slap, Hints Investments Could Be at Risk