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.

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7 Comments to “Sit down, Hugo Chavez”

  1. rob says:

    Well to be fair, Ahmadinejad hardly wields absolute power over Iran—-he’s largely a figurehead. A nutty figurehead, but a figurehead nonetheless.

    FWIW, I’d like to see Iran develop nuclear weapons, if only to prevent a US-UK invasion of them—-which would be pretty disastrous for us. I really don’t think Iran is stupid enough to nuke Israel/any other country should they develop nuclear weapons, do you? :/ What sinister purpose do you think they want them for?

    It seems to me that they’re just playing a rather shrewd waiting game, holding off US involvement until they can develop nuclear weapons—-the ultimate deterrent—-to ensure their own safety. I’d be pretty paranoid about a US invasion if I were them.

  2. Ben says:

    But given how fast and loose Iran plays with terrorism, I’d be nervous to see the technology available there. Would Iran qua State nuke a major foreign power? No, probably not. But it wouldn’t surprise me if Iran qua State Sponsor equipped the next generation of jumping-mad jihadists with holy firepower.

  3. rob says:

    Given how transparent Iran’s funding of terrorism is, though, do you not think that they would see instant retaliation if an Iran-sponsored terrorist agent ever used nuclear weapons?

  4. Ben says:

    Do you really think terrorists care?

  5. frank says:

    Where do you get the idea that chavez is left-wing? His intellectual roots are a mishmash of stalinism, fascism, and islamism. These are represented by his three philosophical influences: Norberto Ceresole (an Argentinian fascist and proponent of the military-civic union, i.e. the militarization of society), Heinz Dieterich (the mexican marxist and proponent of getting rid of money as a way of exchanging goods, i.e. going back to bartering), and Jorge Vertrynge (the Spanish islamist and proponent of the assymetric war, i.e. terrorism as a licit form of war). How can someone with these influences be left-wing? Fortunately, the venezuelan left (socialist and social democrats) are all opposed to chavez.

  6. Ben says:

    Despite the practical nods to fascism, Chavez is very much a leftist/populist/socialist/whateverist. Take a look at the BBC’s profile of him, for instance.

    Out of curiosity—you don’t think that a man with a heavy Marxist influence can be left-wing?

  7. […] Ben at The Modest Construct [sic] also thinks the jury is back on this one: “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 noting 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.” […]

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