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Hugo Loves Mahmoud

Chávez and his Latin American comrades continue to support the Iranian leader.

12:00 AM, Jun 24, 2009 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
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The world's attention is rightly focused on Iran's violent internal crackdown and its nuclear program. But we should not forget about Iran's meddling in Latin America, which poses a threat to regional stability and U.S. interests. It is shameful that Chávez and Ortega have lavished such sycophantic praise on Ahmadinejad and endorsed his election fraud. While the Iranian regime has been killing student demonstrators, Venezuela and Nicaragua have been supporting that regime and rebuking its critics. Once again, Chávez and Ortega have shown their true colors.

Jaime Daremblum is director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the Hudson Institute.