November 11, 2007


Spanish King Tells Chavez to "Shut Up" (EDUARDO GALLARDO, 11/10/07, Associated Press)

The king of Spain told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to "shut up" Saturday during a heated exchange at a summit of leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Chavez, who called President Bush the "devil" on the floor of the United Nations last year, triggered the exchange by repeatedly referring to former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar as a "fascist."

Aznar, a conservative who was an ally of Bush as prime minister, "is a fascist," Chavez said in a speech at the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. "Fascists are not human. A snake is more human."

Spain's current socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, responded during his own allotted time by urging Chavez to be more diplomatic in his words and respect other leaders despite political differences.

"Former President Aznar was democratically elected by the Spanish people and was a legitimate representative of the Spanish people," he said, eliciting applause from the gathered heads of state.

Chavez repeatedly tried to interrupt, but his microphone was off.

Spanish King Juan Carlos, seated next to Zapatero, angrily turned to Chavez and said, "Why don't you shut up?"

Sadly, Venezuela has no Franco.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 11, 2007 7:27 AM

They need a Juan Carlos more than a Franco.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at November 12, 2007 7:11 AM

Chavez is a one-bullet problem. Somebody just has to have to guts to give the order. It might be a necessity for the next President. Letting Castro live for 50 years was cowardly on the part of many Presidents.

Posted by: ratbert at November 12, 2007 8:41 AM

ratbert, so pat robertson was right?

Posted by: pauls at November 12, 2007 11:59 AM