Venezuela's unpredictable dictator appeals to Jesus to heal his cancer

He's been tied to narco-terrorism, al-Qaida, the Taliban and widespread corruption. Now, Hugo Chavez appears on national TV pleading with Jesus to heal his cancer that has defied Cuban doctors.

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The Brazilian media reported that the ailing Chavez checked into the Sirio e Libanes hospital in Sao Paulo. Earlier, he had rejected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s offer for medical assistance, preferring treatment in Cuba.

But now, Chavez came home from officially atheist and communist Cuba to embrace both Christianity and capitalist medicine. It’s quite a turnabout.

In 2010, he denounced Catholic leaders, accusing priests of siding with the country’s wealthy rather than the poor and suggesting that Christ would whip some church leaders for lying after Cardinal Jorge Urosa warned that Chavez was a threat to democracy and freedom.

During his decades in power, Chavez has silenced critics, grabbed unprecedented power with decrees allowing him to draft and sanction laws without the participation of the National Assembly — and has run roughshod over human rights. He repudiated the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights after it accused him of massive human rights violations. In 2009, Freedom Watch accused Chavez of terrorism, including conspiring with Colombian guerrillas, al-Qaida and the Taliban. Exiled Venezuelan journalist Antonio Guzman-Blanco says Chavez maintains close ties to FARC and ELN Marxist, two drug-trafficking guerrilla terrorist groups dedicated to destabilizing neighboring Colombia.

“Chavez has been sympathetic to the regimes in Libya, Iran and Iraq and has been recently tied to the ETA Basque terrorist organization,” writes Guzman-Blanco. ”It is widely believed that he also has ties to Arab terrorist organizations, and that he provided safe passage to Colombia for several IRA operatives.” In 2008, the Miami Herald identified Chavez’s minister of defense as an international narcotics kingpin. Prominent Venezuelan journalist Ricardo Guanipa fled the country under death threats after he exposed widespread Chavez appointees’ corruption.

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