September 29, 2006
The giant 7-11 convenience store chain has decided to sever its relationship with Citgo gasoline, which is owned by the crazed dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. 7-11 officials say the decision was partly motivated by politics.
I say good for 7-11. This is an excellent demonstration of corporate responsibility. Over the years, we’ve seen liberal groups boycott all sorts of things for their agendas. It’s nice to see a major company like southland corporation, which owns 7-11, doing something in the interest of their country.
For too long, the United States has been on the receiving- end of tongue-lashings by various politicians in other countries. These are people who are all-too happy to take or money have our military protect them from enemies. But then they don’t stand with us on much of anything.
Hugo Chavez has called President Bush “the devil.” And during his visit to the united nations last week he also offered cheap oil to poor people as a way of undermining their loyalty to their own country.
7-11 should be praised and their stores patronized for this decision. Oh thank heaven for 7-11 never sounded so good.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.