Saturday, June 03, 2006

Chavez: Carlos the Jackal is good people

Terrorism: Robert Mugabe is going to be mad, he thought he was Chavez only good friend.

CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez brought up Carlos the Jackal during a meeting of oil producers Thursday, calling the Venezuela-born terrorist who once took hostages at an OPEC meeting "a good friend." Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, gained notoriety during the Cold War for staging a string of bombings and assassinations. He is serving a life sentence for murder in France. Chavez recalled in his speech how Ramirez once in a letter referred to the Venezuelan leader's 1999 tour of OPEC member states. He said Carlos, "a good friend," said in the missive from his prison that the tour appeared "hair-raising." "I will never forget that phrase from Carlos," Chavez said.

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