Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Venezuela vs Brazil

If the United States says stuff against Venezuela, it can be dismissed as an obvious example of American fascist imperialism. But if another country says stuff against Venezuela...it can be dismissed as an obvious example of American fascist imperialism.

Brazilian President Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to summon Venezuela`s ambassador Julio Garcia Montoya “for the indispensable clarification” of President Hugo Chavez’ reference to the Brazilian Senate as “a parrot that repeats whatever Washington says” adding that the Brazilian Congress was “controlled by the right wing”....

The Brazilian Congress this week severely questioned the Chavez regime decision to take off the air Venezuela’s longest established television station RCTV, by not renewing its licence, which was described as censorship....

Chavez reacted to the Brazilian Senate statement in support of RCTV saying that they “are a parrot that repeats whatever Washington says”, and warned that “it’s easier for the Portuguese empire to retake Brazil than for Venezuela to return the television licence which finished with Venezuela’s oligarchy”.

Then Godwin's Law intervened:

In a special session Friday, Brazilian Congressional leaders from the ruling coalition and opposition referred to Chavez as a “cheap Hitler and Mussolini” a “dictator in disguise” and a threat “to peace in the continent”.

But Chavez is not endearing himself to others in the hemisphere:

President Chavez quick tongue and strong statements about other countries and leaders have seen him involved in controversies with Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru and indirectly Argentina.


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