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Venezuela’s Chavez: US Attack On Iran ‘Would Be Madness’ February 2, 2007

Posted by notapundit in World News.
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CARACAS (AP)–President Hugo Chavez warned Thursday that a U.S. military offensive against Iran – one of Venezuela’s closest allies in the Middle East – would unleash an armed conflict that “would be madness.”

A U.S. attack on Iran “would extend the crisis to unforeseen limits,” said Chavez, who has forged strong ties with Tehran since taking office in 1999. “It would be madness.”

“They are threatening any country that decides to be free,” added Chavez, an outspoken critic of Washington’s foreign policy under U.S. President George W. Bush.

The Bush administration has increased diplomatic, military and economic pressure on Iran over the past few months in response to Iran’s alleged support for extremists fighting U.S. troops in Iraq and a dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.

Tehran denies seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

Chavez and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are united in their antagonism to Washington.

The Venezuelan leader has become a leading defender of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, accusing the U.S. of using the issue as a pretext to attack a regime it opposes while Ahmadinejad has promised to push ahead with his country’s controversial nuclear program despite U.S. objections.

U.S. officials argue that Chavez poses a threat to democracy in Latin America.

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