US rejects Hugo Chavez remarks on Latin America cancer
The US has rejected comments by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, in which he questioned whether the US might be responsible for cancers affecting Latin American leaders.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland called the comments “horrific and reprehensible”.
She said they were not worthy of further response.
On Wednesday Mr Chavez said it was "very strange" that he and other leftist leaders had all had cancer. But he said he was thinking out loud and not making "rash accusations". Mr Chavez - who had cancer treatment in Cuba this year - was speaking a day after it was announced that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner also had the disease.
Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have also had cancer. Mr Chavez said the instances of cancer among Latin American leaders were "difficult to explain using the law of probabilities". "Would it be strange if they had developed the technology to induce cancer and nobody knew about it?" Mr Chavez asked in a televised speech to soldiers at an army base.
Does Chavez really think we would really waste a magic cancer ray on him when we have all of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, &c to deal with?