Venezuela bashing has always been a favourite sport of Western governments, but the attempt to link Gaddafi to Chavez has been appalling to watch. William Hague tried to suggest Gaddafi was fleeing to Venezuela, a lie spread from the heart of US anti-Chavista networks.
The hope is to discredit Hugo Chavez by association. But Chavez is the democratically elected head of Venezuela (3 times, much to the annoyance of the US government), not a power crazy, unelected despot. Their link is oil, and the US obsession to smash OPEC, and thus ensuring more power over the oil market.
What is ignored is the Venezuelan support for the Egyptian people and their victory over authoritarianism (see the link to the Venezuelan Solidarity Network http://left-click.net/) Chazez simply warns that it should be the people of a nation that decide its outcome, not foreign powers. Venezuelans understand this problem, having beaten off a military coup supported by the US in 2002.