- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 26, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Certainly Oren M. Spiegler, writer of the letter “Give Chavez a chance” (April 21), must realize that President Obama gave Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ample chances when he went out of his way - on two occasions - to shake the hand of that dictator. In return, Mr. Chavez gave a tirade against our government and called on the United States to apologize to him.

To add insult to injury, Mr. Chavez presented our president with a propaganda book designed to show the evils of our nation - a book, incidentally, that Mr. Obama gratefully accepted. This was reminiscent of former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s embrace of Suha Arafat, wife of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who earlier had accused Israel of poisoning Palestinian wells.

Mr. Chavez should not be appeased at our expense. The man is a brutal dictator, and he has given no indication that he will change his ways.

NELSON MARANS

Silver Spring

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