Chavez's Nuttiest Theories
Remember how capitalism killed life on Mars?
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2013 7:19 PM CST
In this 2005 file photo, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez wears a Mexican sombrero as he sings a Mexican ranchera song at a rally in Caracas, Venezuela.   (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

(Newser) – The Los Angeles Times rounds up some of the more memorable declarations of the late Hugo Chavez, including:

  • Mars: He theorized in 2011 that the red planet once might have had life but that capitalism and "imperialism" arrived on the planet and killed it.
  • Cancer plot: He once speculated that the US gave him and other Latin American leaders cancer, a conspiracy floated anew today by his vice president.
  • Haiti quake: The US caused it with a super-secret weapon.

  • Twitter: He once called Twitter a "tool of terrorism," before becoming an enthusiastic tweeter himself.
  • Devil: At a speech to the UN in 2006, he called George W. Bush the devil, crossed himself, and said the lectern "still smells of sulfur." At a subsequent speech in 2009, he said President Obama had eliminated the sulfur scent.
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Mar 7, 2013 9:23 PM CST
Before dismissing anything as crazy, first realize that the US government IS actually crazy and doing crazy things with secret weapons. Those talking about those weapons are not crazy. The ones using them ARE!!
Mar 6, 2013 2:56 PM CST
Boy if the CIA is that good that they can give enemies cancer I am certain that there are bigger fish you would want to use that ability on instead of this insignificant worm Chavez. His cancer death really shoots a hole in the Cuban Healthcare system that Moore thinks if great. Maybe if they had a free market there might just might have been a Cancer Treatment Center or two.
Mar 6, 2013 10:16 AM CST
To be fair, he was right about Twitter. Stupid tweeting definitely terrorizes me.