They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Chavez: "Go right to hell, Mr. Blair,"

Swissinfo: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told Prime Minister Tony Blair to "go right to hell" on Wednesday after Blair said Venezuela should abide by the principles of democracy.

Chavez, a fiery leftist who recently compared U.S. President George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler, accused Blair of bowing to Washington's interests and being "shameless" and "immoral."

"Stay in your place, Mr. Blair, you are not one that has the morality to criticise anyone," Chavez said during a speech. "Venezuela is a free nation. Do you believe we're still in times of imperialism and colonialism?"

"Go right to hell, Mr. Blair," Chavez said, using local slang that is more vulgar.

Chavez also called the British premier the principal ally of "Hitler Danger Bush Hitler", referring to his favourite nickname for Bush, "Mr. Danger."

During a parliamentary session on Wednesday, Blair called on Venezuela to respect the rules of the international community and said he would like to see Cuba, a close ally of Venezuela, function as a true democracy.

"I think the most important thing is that those countries in South America and North America realise they have much in common, much to gain from each other and ... in particular through the principles of democracy," Blair said.

Chavez characterised Blair's remarks as an effort by London to fall in line with Washington's increasingly harsh criticism of Venezuela, whose latest spat with the United States flared up when Chavez accused its main oil buyer of spying.

Chavez noted the statement came shortly after Bush called for increased funding for a U.S. radio station broadcasting pro-American messages in Latin America.

"This is not a coincidence, this a part of the imperial aggression," he said. Link