Venezuela Begins Importing Oil

Just a few years into the Soviet system, Ukraine, "breadbasket of the world" became the world's largest importer of grain. Hugh Chavez, hero to NPR & Rep. Jose Serrano, is turning oil-rich Venezuela into an importer of oil. To be fair, at present it's because of a strike against him, but if Chavez continues in office, we can expect to see Venezuela decline into a third world nation. Wouldn't you think this story would make headlines given the importance of Venezuelan oil to the world economy? Heaven forfend anyone should criticize a Marxist.
UPDATE: Harry Belafonte's standing with Hugo (against strikers?) and had this to say:
No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we’re here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people ... support your revolution.
(Curtsy to No Left Turns).
2nd UPDATE: Re: Belafonte, Tim Blair pens a great post title.