Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hugo Chavez Really is Insane

 Christopher Hitchens has hit it out of the ballpark again with a piece examining the sanity of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. Apparently Hitchens visited there not too long ago and got to see Hugo in action-- and what a portrait he paints:

I was hugely impressed by the way that the boss scorned this overture. He essentially doubted the existence of al-Qaida, let alone reports of its attacks on the enemy to the north. "I don't know anything about Osama Bin Laden that doesn't come to me through the filter of the West and its propaganda." To this, Penn replied that surely Bin Laden had provided quite a number of his very own broadcasts and videos. I was again impressed by the way that Chávez rejected this proffered lucid-interval lifeline. All of this so-called evidence, too, was a mere product of imperialist television. After all, "there is film of the Americans landing on the moon," he scoffed. "Does that mean the moon shot really happened? In the film, the Yanqui flag is flying straight out. So, is there wind on the moon?" As Chávez beamed with triumph at this logic, an awkwardness descended on my comrades, and on the conversation.

Chavez in Hitchens' article reminds me of Mussolini-- boisterous while presenting himself to be an intelligent man of the people. Mussolini was insistent in reopening the past with a new iteration of the Roman Empire while Chavez has nothing better to do than exhume the body of Simon Bolivar! Yes, you read that correctly. Chavez actually dug up the body of Bolivar, tweeted(!) about it and then said that he telepathically communicated with it!

Yes, he is crazy.

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