Hugo Chavez: Never lost for words

570frtr23skb Hugo Chavez: Never lost for words

International politics“No part of the human community can live entirely on its ownplanet, with its own laws of motion and cut off from the rest ofhumanity.”“I hereby accuse the North American empire of being thebiggest menace to our planet.”“We must confront the privileged elite who have destroyed alarge part of the world.”“We’re not perfect, but we do have democracy.”“It wouldn’t be strange that there had been civilization onMars, but once capitalism got there it would finish theplanet.” (2011)“I think we are suffering from political impotence. We needpolitical Viagra.” (2006)”We’ve been around for 500 years and never shut up, much lessto a monarch. The king is the head of state just like me. The onlydifference is I’ve been elected three times with 63 per cent. Weare equal as heads of state, be it the leader of the Indian StateEvo Morales or King Juan Carlos of Spain.” (2007, to the demandof King Juan Carlos I of Spain to be quiet during the XVIIIbero-American Summit in Chile).”Yesterday the devil came here. Right here. [crosses himself]This place still smells of sulfur.” (after getting to therostrum at the UN General Assembly the day after then-US PresidentGeorge W. Bush in 2006)”Come here, Mr. Danger, coward, murderer, you’re a massmurderer, you’re an alcoholic, you’re drunk, you’re immoral, youare the worst, Mr. Danger, you’re a sick, I know itpersonally…You’re a fool, Mr. Danger, or to tell you in my badEnglish – you are a donkey, Mr. George W. Bush… You are the worst Ihave seen on this planet. God save the world from this threat.”(on the US president in 2006).”Israel criticizes Hitler a lot, so do we, but they’ve donesomething very similar, even worse, than what the Nazis did.”(visiting Iran in 2006)“The Holocaust, that is what is happening right now inGaza…The president of Israel at this moment should be taken to theInternational Criminal Court together with the president of theUnited States.” (2009)“Fascists are not human. A snake is more human.”Economic issues and social justice”Being rich is bad and inhumane. So condemn the rich.”(2005)”Much of Europe’s wealth comes from the mineral riches of thenew world, which fed the coffers of the monarchies of Europe.”(2007)“The world has enough for everybody, but some minorities, thedescendants of the same people that crucified Christ, and of thosethat expelled Bolívar from here and in their own way crucified him. . . have taken control of the riches of the world.””If you get up at three in the morning to go to the bathroom,man, why you have to turn on that little light? Put the torch thereon the nightstand.” (2009, when announcing more measures toalleviate the energy crisis)”If I keep quiet, the stones would cry out for the people ofLatin America who are willing to be free after 500 years ofcolonialism.”About himself”The eagle does not hunt the fly.””Next year I’m sure you’re going to reelect the president forsix years. And in 2019, though I said I was going to go, I won’teither. 2019-2024, 2024-2030, so here we go with the favor of Godand the Virgin.””It is a victory of shit and our defeat. Call it a defeat,but of courage, value and dignity.” (on his defeat in thereferendum for constitutional reform in 2007).”I bring in my heart the weeping and crying CaribbeanOrinoco.” (expression of his grief over the death of formerArgentine President Nestor Kirchner, 2010).”Childbirth is full of optimism, full of light, of faith inChrist, of battling and overcoming.”“Would it be so strange that they’ve invented technology tospread cancer and we won’t know about it for 50 years?”

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