"Chavez, who called former conservative Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a fascist at the weekend meeting, has courted controversy at summits before, most notably last year by calling U.S. President George W. Bush the devil at the United Nations.
Political analysts say Chavez relishes such fights because he uses them to fire up his support base among the majority poor at home with blunt rhetoric that plays on their misgivings of rich countries' investments in Latin America.
On Tuesday, he said the king's "arrogance" exposed that colonial attitudes toward South America have not died out.
But the folksy president also showed he had a sense of humor over the flap.
When a reporter asked him a series of questions about the raft of constitutional changes expected to be passed in next month's plebiscite, he joked: "Why don't you shut up?"
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Reuters fellates Hugo Chavez
Just like they did the Sandinistas two decades ago. Something about that Latin Look among Leftist dupes.