Fox misses chance to play with a Chavez puppet
While not quite as an affront to Mexico and him personally, he has taken a lot of guff from north of the border and, while I have not followed it intensely, my impression has been that he has handled the rough and tumble of foreign diplomacy with aplomb. You know, when the row is over, he didn't need band-aids and a tailor, he only needed to wipe his brow straighten his tie.
Venezuela doesn't deserve Chavez and Fox knows it. He should treat with Chavez with that in mind, and not be goaded into entering the sty Chavez's wishes to hold court in. He should have scoffed at the insults and noted that the people of both Mexico and Venezuela know whose ecomonies and foreign relationships are better and brighter at this point in time.
And a quiet and lengthy recall of the Mexican ambassador would have been a better first move, catching Chavez off guard when he eventually noticed 'Mexico had left the building.' It would probably have sent Chavez into another fit of hysterics that Fox could have used again.
Revenge is best served cold. (Where have I heard that line?)