Hey, um, guys? Chill out: it's just a game.
Apparently Americans aren't the only ones who are overreacting to video games these days. That's right, it seems that Venezuelan supporters of Hugo Chavez are taking the plot of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames just a little too personally because the plot (what little we know of it right now) has the game taking place two years after the first Mercenaries title and occurs in Venezuela where a tyrannical ruler has started to "mess with" the country's oil supply.
According to a USA Today article, "Chavez supporters in Venezuela's National Assembly suspect the makers of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames are doing Washington's bidding by drumming up support among Americans for an eventual move to overthrow Chavez."
Now that we're done with the objective reporting: you've gotta be kidding me. Chavez's supporters claiming that the Bush administration is using this game as propaganda to support a US invasion is so far-fetched that I'm not even sure Jack Thompson would make such a statement. I might've been willing to give the argument a little credit if these critics had brought up Pandemic's ties to the United States' Armed Forces with their Full Spectrum Warrior games (which, of course, none of them have mentioned), but the game itself is being published by LucasArts. Did these whiners never see Episode III? Lucas and his subsidiaries are about as anti-Bush as you can get.
Besides, if I were Chavez, I'd be far more worried about my disgruntled subjects staging a revolution and holding non-rigged elections.