remorse? yeah sure!

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    Read the last paragraph!
    The bastaRd means what he says and what he says is identical to what many radical, fanatical extremists say. But it's OK, cause he's a house pastor!

    Last Update: Saturday, August 27, 2005. 4:08pm (AEST)
    Blame Bush if anything happens to me: Chavez

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says President George W Bush would be to blame if anything happened to him, after an American evangelist said the US should assassinate the democratically-elected, leftist leader.

    Mr Chavez, a former soldier who often accuses the United States of plotting to kill him, was reacting to conservative evangelist Pat Robertson who said on Monday that US officials should execute the Venezuelan president.

    Mr Robertson later apologised, but his comments have illustrated the deep political gulf that has opened up between the United States and one of its biggest oil suppliers since Mr Chavez was elected in 1998.

    "He was expressing the wishes of the US elite... If anything happens to me then the man responsible will be George W Bush. He will be the assassin," Mr Chavez said at a public event.

    "This is pure terrorism."

    Mr Robertson, the founder of the Christian Coalition and a leader of the Christian right that has backed Mr Bush, said that if Mr Chavez "thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it."

    He retracted his comments on Wednesday, saying he spoke in frustration over Mr Chavez's constant accusations that Washington was plotting against him.

    The White House has kept quiet despite calls by Venezuela and religious leaders for Mr Bush to repudiate Mr Robertson's remarks.

    The US State Department said that Mr Robertson spoke as a "private citizen" and called the remarks "inappropriate."

    "The White House is aware of the electoral importance of preachers like Robertson, who command millions of dollars and millions of voters," said Riordan Roett, professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

    "Robertson's comments represent a conservative sector of the American public that is highly nationalistic and at times bombastic," Roett said.

    Mr Robertson is close to Bush's Republican Party and ran as a presidential primary candidate in 1988.

    In apologising, Mr Robertson could not resist a final dig: "When faced with the threat of a ... dictator in our own hemisphere, would it not be wiser to wage war against one person rather than finding ourselves down the road locked in a bitter struggle with a whole nation?"

    Relations between Caracas and Washington have soured since Mr Chavez survived a brief 2002 coup, which he says was planned and funded by the US.

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