It’s been a difficult half-year or so for the rulers of Iran and (fortunately) 2010 promises even more problems for them.
It’s times like this when the leaders of a murderous and repressive theocracy, clinging to power through sheer brutality, find out who their true friends are. Did they ever doubt it for a moment?
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s government accused the United States on Wednesday of fomenting violence to undermine the Iranian administration.
“The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela categorically rejects the attempts at destabilization promoted by the U.S. government against the people and government of Iran,” Venezuela’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
“The Bolivarian government is surprised that a group of governments, led by the U.S. empire, are echoing a campaign to divide and spread violence among Iranians, in contravention of elemental norms of peace, non-interference and respect for sovereignty,” it added.
Both fiery anti-U.S. ideologues, Chavez and Ahmadinejad admire each other’s “revolutionary” credentials and aim to weaken “imperialism” by promoting new centers of global power.
Venezuela’s statement expressed “solidarity” with Iran and praise for “its tireless struggle for the consolidation of the Islamic Revolution.”
I think Miss Carole King expresses Chavez’s feelings for Iran’s embattled ruling elite as well as anyone could.