Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela who cannot keep a tight lid on his mouth, roared into the limelight with another of his absurd statements. In his weekly TV program to the nation, Chavez told the audience that Chancellor Merkel of Germany, “is from the German right, the same that supported Hitler, that supported fascism, that’s the Chancellor of Germany today. Ms. Chancellor, you can go to…..” He hesitated a moment and then added, “Because you’re a lady, I won’t say any more.” His outburst came after Merkel told the German news agency, DPA, that “President Chavez does not speak for Latin America. every country has its own voice with which to pursue its own interests.” She is preparing to go to Peru on Friday for the summit meeting between European and Latin American leaders.
Chavez apaprently can’t keep his mouth shut because he promised to confront Chancellor Merkel at the meeting and provoke her into telling him to say “why don’t you shut up” which was told him several months ago by King Juan Carlos at a Latin American meeting attended by the Spanish govenment.
Hugo Chavez is a tragic figure because he has the opportunity to work for peace within Latin America but has proceeded on a path of verbal violence which seeks to provoke rather than seeks to resolve issues. He is a poseur who pretends to support the working class but all he does is support his quest for unlimited power.