Conservatives like to paint Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is a despicable monster for the crime of being both an unapologetic socialist and unabashedly critical of the United States. I think that there is nothing inherently wrong with either of those things (to wit: socialism to some measure is a positive, as is some measure of criticism), but boy, he’s really an idiot this time.
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has launched a robust defence of Iran’s nuclear programme.
During a visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mr Chavez warned the world of dire consequences if his ally was attacked by the US.
Mr Chavez has threatened to cut off oil supplies to the US if provoked. […]
“What gives the US the right,” he asked, “to stop any country developing nuclear power for peaceful purposes?
“After all, they dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
I think that’s just wonderful, Hugo. An unapologetic Leftist coming to the defense of one of the most backwardly conservative people on the planet? In theory, there’s nothing wrong with exploring alternative means of power production, but considering that Iran is on the Global Shit List for being full of, gosh, religious fanatics, anti-Semites, and people who would delight in the complete destruction of Western Civilization. And that’s just Ahmadinejad.
Don’t get me wrong: Iran isn’t filled to the brim with people like Ahmadinejad. After all: if it were, he’d have no one to purge from the universities. But make no mistake: Iran is by and large run by hardlining fundamentalist militants, and if you believe that a nation full of oil simply wants a nuclear program as a fuel source, well, I’ve got some land to sell you.