Paul Wilbert sends this heartwarming tale of reconciliation between South America's hottest tyrant and the American televangelist who rewrote the Gospels to allow for political murder:
Speaking on his weekly radio and television call-in program, 'Hello, Mr President', Hugo Chavez said these catastrophes were nature's answer to the 'world global capitalist model'.
"This model is destroying the world. The world is in danger. Never has there been such disasters, hurricanes, droughts, torrential rains. Incredible! The world is dangerously off balance," he said.
As you ponder the possibilities of a non-sitcom program titled "Hello, Mr. President," please note that Chavez's millenarianism is not so different from Robertson's:
Earlier on Sunday, US television evangelist Pat Robertson, who caused ripples weeks ago calling for Mr Chavez' assassination, said the natural disasters point to the end of the world and the imminent return of Jesus Christ.
"These things are starting to hit with amazing regularity," Pat Robertson told CNN, remarking on the coincidence of the Sub-continent's earthquake and recent killer hurricanes slamming the United States.