Given that right and left are possibly out-dated terms, it’s perhaps nice to see a parade of South American leaders greeting an unpopular right-wing politician with troubles at home.
Next stop Venezuela!
However, Ahmadinejad might be slightly concerned about the PR job being done by Chavez prior to his arrival…
Hugo Chávez has defended the jailed Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal as a freedom fighter and said his life sentence for murder was an injustice.
Venezuela’s president said Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, was a champion of the Palestinian cause. “I defend him. I don’t care what they say tomorrow in Europe,” Chávez said.
Chávez also praised Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, and Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as “brothers” and said the late Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, may have been a misunderstood patriot.
One may disagree with Chavez’s political preferences, but his ability to spot an oppressive leader from a distance is unquestionably superb.