South America's Biggest Movie Star, Hugo Chávez, Accuses Israel of Genocide
Oliver Stone predicts he'll have a hard time finding distribution for his latest documentary, South of the Border, a cinematic love letter to Venezuela's controversial president, Hugo Chávez.
First, Chávez stops by Belarus during his current tour of the Middle East and opens with: "I bring you greetings from the Axis of Evil." Oh man, Hugo, even the worst late-night hosts stopped making Axis of Evil jokes years ago.
"The question is not whether the Israelis want to exterminate the Palestinians. They're doing it openly," he was quoted as saying in an interview with the French newspaper, Le Figaro.
"What was it, if not genocide?... The Israelis were looking for an excuse to exterminate the Palestinians."
Like all armed conflicts, both Hamas and Israel's action leading up to and including the 22-day Gaza War last winter are open to criticism and honest discussion, but throwing a term such as genocide, especially in relation to the state of Israel, is just needless controversy-mongering.
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