Thursday, 7 March 2013

Hugo Chavez compared to Jesus by Iran

In a confusing statement, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has compared Hugo Chavez to Jesus. 

Converting to Christianity may be punishable by death in Iran, but according to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Messiah will be arriving with a Venezuelan president in tow.

On Tuesday, Venezuela’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced the death of 58 year old President Hugo Chavez, who died after a nearly two- year struggle with cancer. The Latin American president was known for his harsh criticism of the U.S. In a 2006 speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Chavez called President George W. Bush the devil.

Not surprisingly, a shared disdain for the U.S made strange bedfellows out of Chavez, a Roman Catholic, and Ahmadinejad, a Muslim.

After Chavez’s death on Tuesday, Ahmadinejad declared a day of public mourning in Iran and also released the following statement: "Venezuela has lost a brave son, and the world has lost a wise and revolutionary leader.

"He took a firm stance against the demands of oppressors and broke down all their attempts for discord, propaganda and coup d’etats. He was a bridge that connected all justice-seeking leaders in the world. He finally gave his entire life and being to a suspicious illness and with that, he is undoubtedly a true martyr in the path of serving the Venezuelan nation and safeguarding the revolutionary and human values. 

"Although Hugo Chavez is no longer among us today, I am sure that his innocent spirit has ascended to the heavens and will one day return to us with Jesus Christ and will once again help humankind establish peace, justice and kindness."

In early January of last year, the two leaders met in Caracas, Venezuela where they mocked Western reaction to uranium enrichment. During a joint-press conference, Ahmadinejad stated, "Despite those arrogant people who do not wish us to be together, we will unite forever." @newreligionEU
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