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Chavez the Clown: Oil Will Hit $200 Per Barrel

Wednesday, 20 September 2006 12:00 AM

UNITED NATIONS -- "The devil came here yesterday. . . . right here . . . and it smells from sulfur!"

So, exclaimed a "jovial" Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as he stood at the same General Assembly podium that hosted U.S. President George W. Bush just 24 hours earlier.

Chavez, who had been battling the White House over the number of visas his delegation would be granted to attend the U.N. General Assembly, had threatened to come to New York City "on horseback" if he had to.

Well, the self-styled "caballero" did not arrive on horseback, but he did show up with guns blazing, all pointed at George Bush.

Part politician, part Don Quixote, part comedian, Chavez took his "act" to the General Assembly podium where he spent nearly 30 minutes "shooting" from the hip, to the delight of many of those in attendance.

That Ortega quip brought a round of applause from diplomats that so incensed the American delegation, U.S.-U.N. ambassador Vernon Walters stormed out of the U.N. telling this reporter: "They may have to listen to this garbage in Managua (Nicaragua's capital) but I don't have to listen to it in New York."

Today, the theatrics were limited to the one-man-show on the General Assembly podium.

The rambling tirade was more a series of "spontaneous" one-liners than a traditional prepared speech.

Venezuela's U.N. mission had to scramble a team of transcribers to ink the Chavez "address" and hours later had still not produced an "official" text for news reporters.

Shortly after the "comedy routine" finished in the General Assembly hall, Chavez moved on for another hour into the U.N.'s press briefing center, where he warned the White House against attacking Iran or Venezuela, less they want to see "$200 a barrel" oil.

If that wasn't enough, the fiery strongman from Caracas told the U.N. press that they "are invited to re-convene on Thursday afternoon at the Venezuelan mission " to "continue the dialog."

On the Bush speech at the U.N. General Assembly: "An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: The Devil's recipe."

On the United Nations: "I don't think anyone could defend this system, let's be honest . . . it is worthless."

On his visa fight: "You know, my personal doctor had to stay on the plane. The chief of security had to remain in a locked plane. None of the gentlemen were allowed to arrive and attend the U.N. meeting. This is another abuse of power on the part of the Devil. It smells of sulfur here, but God is with us and I embrace you all."

As Chavez moved out of the General Assembly hall, the party moved onto the press briefing room where the president said: "Venezuela's campaign to get elected to the Security Council is well founded, an independent voice that would represent not only Venezuela, but also the peoples of the third world." (The United States is supporting Guatemala as the Latin American council representative.)

On the Middle East: "I love Damascus (Syria's capital), beautiful Damascus. I was in Damascus only a month ago with my "brother" President (Bashar al) Assad. . . . Satan, the Lord of Sulfur (a.k.a. Bush) says I supported Saddam Hussein. . . . I went to Baghdad once and I went to speak to Saddam. What did I tell Saddam? At the time, the price of oil was $7 (a barrel), we were giving it away. We were following the mandates of the White House imperialism, so that oil would be cheap. . . . So my first foreign trip was to all the countries, the members of OPEC. . . . and oil rose to $20 a barrel.

"Yes, I supported Syria and Iran, the position of Venezuela is the same as the position of the non-aligned movement. We support Iran, we support Lebanon and demand that all "imperialist" troops leave Iraq."

and to the White House: "They (the United States) should not even think about invading Iran or even Venezuela unless they want to see oil reach $200 a barrel."

With that, "brother" Chavez brought Act 1 to a close and invited all his friends to "reconvene" on Thursday in a conference room at Venezuela's United Nations mission.

Unlike the applause he got inside the General Assembly, this time "brother" Chavez got silence and some muted groans from the U.N. media.

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