Venezuela is now the biggest importer of foreign weapons in South
America, and ninth world-wide. Last year, Venezuela brought in $887 million
worth of arms, up from $477 million in
2006. Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is trying to arm the country to defend it
against the United States, who he insists is bent on conquering Venezuela.
three weapons importers last year were Greece ($2.1 billion), South Korea
($1.80 billion) and China ($1.43 billion).