In his strong bid to become the Muammar Qaddafi of South America, Hugo Chavez turned his attention to the cosmos.
“I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet,” Chavez said in speech to mark World Water Day.
Chavez, who also holds capitalism responsible for many of the world’s problems, warned that water supplies on Earth were drying up.
“Careful! Here on planet Earth where hundreds of years ago or less there were great forests, now there are deserts. Where there were rivers, there are deserts,” Chavez said, sipping from a glass of water. He added that the West’s attacks on Libya were about water and oil reserves. — Reuters
As a sad and puzzled world looks on, wondering what’s in that water he’s sipping. Again. Somehow if adds up that the socialist/narcissist leader invokes “the red planet.”
You might remember the last world leader to say something hideously ignorant about Mars: our own Dan Quayle, VP in the administration of George Bush I:
Mars is essentially in the same orbit… Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe. [via]
Trouble is, there’s genuine doubt he actually said that. Wikiquote says he did, Snopes says he didn’t. I hope he did: his only value and contribution to American arts and letters is his record of moronic utterances. Unless you count his unique content to remain married to Marilyn, hideous and horsefaced, nasty as a burro, and stubborn as a jackass — so much so that when they stay in hotels, they’re given the bridle suite.
Nothing Chavez says, no matter how outrageous and moronic, surprises us. He can’t help himself, and won’t allow anybody else to. I look forward with delight to the moment when Daffy Qaddafi, forced to flee, contacts his fellow master of eructation is South America and gains entrance…..leading to years of entertaining pronouncements and babbling dialog.
Meanwhile, Chavez rabbits on incoherently. Keep it up, Hugo. Today’s it’s on Mars, tomorrow it’s up Uranus.