Venezuelan President Maduro, we salute you! …says Syria’s Assad

posted at 1:21 pm on February 20, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Two peas in a pod, these guys. Via Syria’s state news agency (h/t NRO):

President Bashar al-Assad expressed Syria’s support to the approach of the Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro in running Venezuela ”that he draws from the world heritage principles and the historical legacy of Latin America’s great leaders.”

In a letter he sent to the Venezuelan President on Wednesday, President al-Assad expressed the Syrian people’s solidarity with President Maduro and the Venezuelan people in the face of the “ferocious onslaught that is replayed today in several safe and stable countries, in an attempt to whip up chaos, spread foreign hegemony and seize the riches of these countries and their sensitive geopolitical positions.”

President al-Assad voiced Syria’s support to the ”road of peace charted by President Maduro in Venezuela,” wishing him success in shouldering the uphill tasks assigned to him at a critical stage the world is passing through.”

If I was going to write up a parody letter pretending to express solidarity from one villainous authoritarian to another, this is pretty much exactly what it would sound like. Applauding a fellow dictator for drawing from the “historical legacy of Latin America’s great leaders,” like, say, Chavez, Castro, and Che Guevara? Defying reality and deceitfully labeling a country with egregious inflation and outrageous murder rates “safe and stable”? Asserting that a corrupted, impenetrable government and the deteriorating rule of law is charting a “road of peace”? Check, check, and check. Really, these tyrants are like caricatures of themselves.

At least five people have now been killed in Venezuela’s massive student protests, and the latest death is that of a young former beauty queen. The tragedy is likely to fuel the same outrage that helped to ignite the protests when the highway murder of another young beauty queen last month put a spotlight on Venezuela’s murder and crime rates (to which Maduro oh-so-helpfully responded that he would crack down on “violence in soap operas,” gee whiz). Via Reuters:

Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators faced off in streets blocked by burning barricades in several cities on Thursday in an escalation of protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government, witnesses said. …

The demonstrators, mainly students, blame the government for violent crime, high inflation, product shortages and alleged repression of opponents.

In affluent east Caracas overnight, security forces fired teargas and bullets, chasing youths who threw Molotov cocktails and blocked streets with burning trash, witnesses said. …

The latest direct victim of the unrest was a college student and local beauty queen, Genesis Carmona, 22, shot in the head during a demonstration in the central city of Valencia.


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Obama-Biden-Hillary-Lurch… smart power

dpduq on February 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Maybe Sean Penn would like to write a letter of support as well.

GarandFan on February 20, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Won’t be too much longer before Obamanomics lead to toilet paper shortages here too.

ConstantineXI on February 20, 2014 at 1:29 PM

When Thugs collide”

A new miniseries on HBO in 5….4….3…

But which “thugs” on the Global stage to profile?

PappyD61 on February 20, 2014 at 1:29 PM

When will he salute the thug in Kiev? and the one in DC?

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2014 at 1:29 PM

The Axis of Evil gets updates…

thebrokenrattle on February 20, 2014 at 1:29 PM

[i]Obama-Biden-Hillary-Lurch… smart power[/i]

The Axis of Evil vs. the Idiot League of Super Failures

Cicero43 on February 20, 2014 at 1:31 PM

That is one strange looking dictator.

Bitter Clinger on February 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I blame all of this on Carter.

When he removed assassination from the CIA toolbox, assholes like those two were born.

It used to be that when some commie or nazi started to get traction somewhere….POP!……problem solved before the world ever heard the guys name.

Carter and Clinton both believe we should accept that cockroaches have a right to live, and we should find a way to accommodate them in our daily lives.

BobMbx on February 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Maduro may be in the market for some chemical weapons. I hear Assad still has a few left.

butch on February 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM

That is one strange looking dictator.

Bitter Clinger on February 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM

As he used to be known on LGF, The Chinless Ophthalmologist.

Ward Cleaver on February 20, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Murderous thug dictators need to stick together.

rbj on February 20, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Funny that with NSA’s ability to spy on everyone in the world, we seem unable to do much when the rubber meets the road. Well,..except for droning American citizens who are selected by the president.

butch on February 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Assad looks like he’d have a hard time changing pillow cases.

Bevan on February 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Dictators of a feather oppress together. And write love letters to each other. Ugh.

Royal Fizzbin on February 20, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Venezuelan President Maduro, we salute you! …says Syria’s Assad

That’s because Assad knows about the toilet paper shortage and doesn’t want to shake hands.

Flange on February 20, 2014 at 1:51 PM

That is one strange looking dictator.

Bitter Clinger on February 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM

My collie says:

Which should surprise no one. He is, after all, a member of the royal family. That’s where the circus goes to find its freaks, ya’ know.

CyberCipher on February 20, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Assad always looks like Flattop from the Dick Tracy comics to me.

Blake on February 20, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Maduro may be in the market for some chemical weapons. I hear Assad still has a few left.

butch on February 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM

…that’s what I was thinking!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Just as soon as an American newspaper cover this and then Obama reads about it he is going to be madder than anyone. I sense a strongly worded tweet about consequences coming out of the white house around that time.

jukin3 on February 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM

“that he draws from the world heritage principles and the historical legacy of Latin America’s great leaders.”

OK, so who is he referencing here? I can think of a bunch of Latin American leaders whose tenures were anything but great, but my memory of great leaders (aside from Simon Bolivar, whose tenure didn’t end as he wished) is rather scant.

mrteachersir on February 20, 2014 at 3:41 PM

The only support despots get is from other despots.

sadatoni on February 20, 2014 at 3:49 PM

That is one strange looking dictator.

Bitter Clinger on February 20, 2014 at 1:32 PM

As he used to be known on LGF, The Chinless Ophthalmologist.

Ward Cleaver on February 20, 2014 at 1:42 PM

That one is funny, but I’ve always preferred Rantburg’s Pencilneck.

Doomberg on February 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

The fix: O’ gets all our drones together (no, not Dem Senators) and bombs Venezuela with roles of toilet paper. They can solve two problems at once by wiping their bums and getting the bums off’n their backs…

vnvet on February 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM