Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez received enthusiastic applause (and some nervous laughter) at the Copenhagen climate conference. On the podium, he referenced the fact that the president of the United States had spoken there before, and that the area smelled of sulfur . . . a reference to the devil.
But, Mr. Chavez, weve a saying here in America: He who smelt it dealt it.
Now, at a time when the word avatar is on many a lip, it may not seem implausible that the devil would make a personal appearance on the world stage. And, like George W. Bush before him, Barack Obama unfortunately gives too much cause for his enemies to interpret just such an inglorious incarnation.
Or maybe not. A few months earlier, Chavez had proclaimed the UN sulfur-free, and Obamas own odor to be a wholesome one of hope. (I actually cant imagine what hope might smell like.) Since then Hugos changed his mind. Apparently, it now makes sense for him to malign Obama as well as the U.S., at least when it comes to fighting the alleged human-caused warming trends of the planet. Why the flip-flop? Perhaps its to distract the world from his own countrys bizarre policies regarding that dear fuel, petroleum.
Or the reality that, if anyones the devil, its Hugo.
And if the folk in Copenhagen still applaud this monster, that should be enough for Norte Americanos to choose sides. No Kyoto (which Hugo Chavez encouraged us all to respect and empower). No climate change deal of any kind. There are some sulfuric agencies we need not mix with.
From the beginning, many of us caught more than a whiff of socialism and anti-industrialism about the whole global warming scare. Now, after multiple frauds in evidence have risen to besmirch the reputations of the worlds greatest climate warming specialists, perhaps we should simply call a spade a spade and use that handy implement to bury this indecent revival of the ultimate indecency: Tyrannical socialism.