Yesterday, the always fiery leader of Venezuela, spoke to the UN in much the same fashion as his Iranian counterpart did on Tuesday. But unlike the Iranian president, Hugo Chavez did not make a valid point the whole time he talked. Instead he used his captive audience to constantly refer to Bush as the Devil. I mean that is all well and good for a laugh (which he got), but it serves no political purpose. I mean Americans already know this.
Speaking of the President, Chavez said, "The devil came here yesterday...And it smells of sulfur still today." Later on in the speech, Chavez makes a second reference to Satan saying, "As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: 'The Devil's Recipe.'" It got plenty of laughs from the crowd. An especially hardy laugh came from the Iranian delegation. A smile and a giggle were present in the Iraqi delegation. Overall, it was pretty funny. I mean why does it really matter if he called Bush the Devil? But you can't keep Americans down. They will not have their president made fun of. This was made clear by some New York democrats of all people today.
Among this group of Bush-opposers, Rep. Charles Rangel, said in a scolding manner about Chavez's statements, "You don't come into my country; you don't come into my congressional district and you don't condemn my president." Well Congressman, he just did. What are you going to do? Do you want to deport him? Technically he wasn't even in the United States. The UN is not a part of the United States. It is governed by International Law. It is also a free-speech area. So get over it.
Maybe Bush is the Devil. Maybe the Devil wears red, white, blue and prances around the Oval Office thinking of ways to ruin the United States. And if Chavez is right, we gave the Devil exactly what he wanted.