Don’t think we all agree with Chavez.
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Daniel Romero PernaleteEl Tiempo
Hugo Chavez is unhinged, said Daniel Romero Pernalete in Caracas El Tiempo. The leftist Venezuelan president has surrounded himself with crawling yes-men who reinforce his deluded belief that he is a populist who embodies Venezuela and the Venezuelan people. In his eyes, anyone opposed to his communist policies is an enemy of the people and a traitor to the national interest. Nor is Chavez content merely to crush dissent here at home. He seeks to be the spokesman for all despotic regimes, which is why he is rolling around in the same pigsty as leaders of Iran, North Korea, and Belarus. Its also why he is using our oil wealth to finance leftist fanatics from the FARC terrorists in Colombia to the anti-democratic forces in Mexico. And it is the reason for his ridiculous rant at the United Nations, during which he referred to President Bush as the devil. Chavez is actively seeking a fight with George Bush to bolster his anti-imperialist street cred. In the process, he brings shame on our whole country. We hope the world will remember that Venezuela is much more than one petty man, drenched in fanaticism and ignorance. Chavez is not Venezuela. He is a fluke, a historical error that we will someday rectify.