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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Chavezbollah

In his progression from nobody to global tyrant, it's pretty clear that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is now closer than ever to the latter. Take this Q&A:
Q. What is the current state of your relations with the socialist movement?

A. The socialist movement, which has been away from international struggle now for a considerable time, at last began to become a moral support for us once again. The most concrete example of this has been Hugo Chávez, the president of Venezuela. What most of the Muslim states could not do has been done by Chávez by the withdrawal of their ambassador to Israel. He furthermore com municated (sic) to us his support for our resistance. This has been an immense source of morale for us.
The question comes from Workers World, a socialist website. The respondent? None other than Hezbollah head Hasan Nasrallah.

As a blogger at Foreign Policy's Passport recently noted, "Forget Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah, the most popular leader on the Arab Street is Hugo Chavez."

Full interview with Nasrallah here. Forbes has analysis of the U.S. response to Chavez's creeping influence here.