Jimmy Carter Praises American Enemy Hugo Chavez

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carterFormer President Jimmy Carter issued a statement following the death of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez:

Rosalynn and I extend our condolences to the family of Hugo Chávez Frías. We met Hugo Chávez when he was campaigning for president in 1998 and The Carter Center was invited to observe elections for the first time in Venezuela. We returned often, for the 2000 elections, and then to facilitate dialogue during the political conflict of 2002-2004. We came to know a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized. Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.

President Chávez will be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments and for his formidable communication skills and personal connection with supporters in his country and abroad to whom he gave hope and empowerment. During his 14-year tenure, Chávez joined other leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean to create new forms of integration. Venezuelan poverty rates were cut in half, and millions received identification documents for the first time allowing them to participate more effectively in their country’s economic and political life.

At the same time, we recognize the divisions created in the drive towards change in Venezuela and the need for national healing. We hope that as Venezuelans mourn the passing of President Chávez and recall his positive legacies – especially the gains made for the poor and vulnerable – the political leaders will move the country forward by building a new consensus that ensures equal opportunities for all Venezuelans to participate in every aspect of national life.

{Matzav.com Newscenter}

11 COMMENTS

  1. PUT THIS GUY IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL AND THROW AWAY THE KEY. HE IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!! YOU SHOULD NOT EVEN QUOTE HIM ON A JEWISH SITE.

  2. I can’t believe this guy is still drawing a salary from our tax dollars. He’s been a peanut farmer before he plopped into the white hotel at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. He hasn’t accomplished a single positive thing other than showing what OTM-OTM (On The Mind – Out The Mouth) means. Our issues in Iran is partially attributable to his poor policy when squatting at the aforementioned hotel.

  3. According to halacha one must give A king or in our case a president kavod. Even a Rasha such as Achav or Paroh. Can we davin that he should just die?

  4. Basking in the sunshine of your own obscurity never leaves the religious with a payment in good speed. Mr. Carter has given geniality to the fish bowl…

  5. President Carter with all due respect:

    Do you speak Spanish? I do! Whenever I heard Hugo Chavez speak I came to the conclusion that the Venezuelan people elected an uneducated person to the presidency. He was not eloquent…he was a buffoon that entertained the lower clases with the language of their miserable lives. At the expense of poverty, mediocrity, and the third world he became famous just because he Champion the what I call the “blame others for your troubles mentality”. Hugo Chavez was successful because he went against the typical scapegoat of the third world namely Jews and America! MR. President again with respect, I remember you as president……Iran manipulated you, the economy overwhelm you, and intelligence plus common sense escape you!

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