A Nuclear Chavez


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Hugo Chavez has been busy as of late. On yet another tour of the world, the Venezuelan leader has been racking up the air miles, stopping by to see his anti-American friends across the globe. The latest stop on his ten-day tour of Europe and the Middle East is Iran, where he was received warmly by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad, who welcomed his “progressive and fraternal” ally against “the bullying powers.” The two are keen to discuss energy issues, and that is logical. Both Venezuela and Iran are exporters of petroleum. But they have something new to discuss, as well: Venezuela has now joined Iran in seeking nuclear power for “peaceful” purposes. And they have some high-powered help lined up to get the job done: Russia has pledged its support for the construction of Venezuelan nuclear reactors.

Russia has extended this hand to Chavez in full knowledge that the United States will view such nuclear development with concern. “A deal in the atomic sphere has just been signed. I already know that it will make someone shudder. [Chavez] told me that there will be states who will have different types of emotions about this,” Russian President Dmitri Medvedev told reporters. He also stressed that the development is non-military and entirely peaceful, nothing that should alarm any of Venezuela’s neighbors in the Western hemisphere. This is, of course, the same sort of justification that has allowed Iran to press on towards a nuclear program even while threatening Israel with destruction. Chavez has clearly studied Ahmadinejad’s playbook, and knows full well that no one will stop him from building a nuclear industry, if he so chooses.

This announcement does not come as a total shock. Venezuela and Russia first announced their intention to cooperate on military matters in 2008, in the aftermath of Russia’s successful ground war against Washington-ally Georgia. Russia was furious over the West’s firm diplomatic support of Georgia, and responded by taking a series of actions designed to provoke Washington. It deployed warships to the Caribbean, including a stop over in Venezuela, where the Russian and Venezuelan fleets engaged in war games. Moscow further announced its intention to assist Venezuela in the Latin American country’s nuclear ambitions. This announcement is the ultimate result of that earlier agreement.

An evaluation of the military ramifications of this announcement is difficult to make. The two governments have obviously not revealed the technical details of the proposed plant, and since it has not yet been built, no Western intelligence agency has been able to probe its secrets. What is known is that the plan calls for the construction of a single plant and three separate reactors within in. Two of the reactors will be used to generate electricity, and the third will be a small research reactor.

The smallest reactor is of no particular concern, and would be used to generate particles and isotopes for scientific examination. Such reactors can also be used to produce mildly radioactive particles necessary for many medical diagnoses and cancer treatments, a commodity much in demand globally. (A recent shutdown of a similar reactor in Canada for critical maintenance disrupted medical scans and cancer treatments across the world; so finely balanced is the supply and demand for such products.) If Russia wants to build such a reactor halfway across the world, they’re certainly welcome to. It will be useful.

The nature and purpose of the other two reactors, however, is open to debate. According to The New York Times, they will be pressurized water reactors, each putting out 1,200 megawatts of power — roughly enough to power two million homes in total. Pressurized water reactors come in a variety of forms, but are not purposely designed to produce fuel for nuclear weapons. They can produce the fuel necessary, but far less efficiently than the large-scale facilities designed specifically to take nuclear fuel and convert it into plutonium.

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  • Bear from Russia

    Russia is afraid that US would might want to invade Venezuela in future in order to control it's oil and tries to prevent this. Smart move.

    • Yankee Zulu

      W/the exception of their tremendous supply of ore-emulsion, an unacceptably dirty-burning type of fuel, we're already a major purchaser of Venezuelan petroleum… so there's nothing to "control" as you say. Venezuela can sell as much oil as they want at whatever price that they want since they've been kicked out of OPEC for trade violations. Despite staggering sales to Russia, China and the US, as well as 10 BILLION in economic aide annually from the USA, Venezuela is the most bankrupt nation in S.Ameica, yet they can afford billions in military hardware from Russia, China(they crash one those jets right after purchase), and now Iran. Chavez is increasingly unpopular in VZ but hides the truth from it's citizens and the international community via an aggressive propaganda campaign. When the recent elections didn't go his way, Chavez choked off many if not most infrastructure improvement projects in a far-sighted attempt to blame the opposition that is now closing in on him politically. As long as VZ allows free elections, Chavez' days are number. If his situation decays further and power is seized by the left(Chavez), internally things could very well get very nasty in VZ.
      As far as you guys go, Russia is back to their old tricks of region destabilization. You're supporting a reckless political leader in America's back yard to throw mayhem into our sphere of influence… its not working. China does it, Iran's doing it- and guess what…? WE'RE DOING IT TO ALL THREE OF YOU. Newsflash, Komerade- we're building nukes in Vietnam and soon we will be helping Turkey and Saudi Arabia to have them as well. Your efforts so far in VZ have been for the most part useless political gestures. Your "joint naval exercise" consisted of 2 or 3 token vessels and an airshow by a couple unarmed strategic bombers that could NEVER arrive on station to assist VZ in any way if they were actually ever needed in a crisis. Your actions in VZ are in support of a resource grab, just as so many other nations do WORLDWIDE. Get off your soapbox, Ivan.

      Wake up from the vodka stupor and small the coffee, pal. Venezuela is steadily waking up. The only thing new going on in history is the stuff you haven't read yet.

      • Bear from Russia

        Good post. Thanks for the truth.
        Who is the Empire of Evel now? US is trying to control the entire world. You gave weapons to Georgia and they killed innocent people in south Osetia, you killed millions in Iraq, you bomb Serbia and spread Islam in Europe (through support of Kosovo) New modern Russia is a peacefull country, but US are not. You always need a mortal enemy. communism, then Islam terrorism, who is next? China? I guess so.

        • New Yorker

          Prior to Georgians' killing of any innocent people in South Ossetia whatever the merits of this propaganda-reeking claim, South Ossetians have been killing and expelling innocent people on their own, just like their partners-in-arms have been doing it in nearby Abhasia, armed and assisted by the "peaceful" Russia. You may leave your fairy tails for your children and grand children if they will ever believe you.

          The majority of those killed in Iraq perished by the hand of their maniacal co-religionists, just like it's being the case virtually anywhere else in the world today, yesterday and will still be with us tomorrow. By contrast, the majority of the hundreds of thousands civilian dead in the Russian held Chechnya were done in by the merciless russian troops and gangs of paramilitary murderers directly employed by the Russian authorities in the region. So again, look in the mirror pal before you start lecturing someone.

          I would probably agree in regard to Kosovo – it was a huge mistake.

        • New Yorker

          As for always needing a mortal enemy – again look in the mirror. The entire history of Russia, from its medeaval conquests to the mass murders of communism (the communists, who always needed an enemy it seems to uphold their "dignity") is the story of a maniacal paranoid entity spreading terror all around, trying to make up for the subservience and dumwittedness of its slavish masses.

          Your gueses are what they are – simple guesses.

          • Bear from Russia

            You know how to change black for white and vice versa don't you?
            1). About Georgia you are a lier. There are facts that Georgias atacked first, independent europian committee admited it. Saakashvili atacked a sleeping town with artillery. South Osetia almost doesn't have military forces, Georgia had a well trained and equipped force prepared by USA. You know that. don't you? You are right only in one thing here, Osetians really drived many georgians from South Osetia, but it was during the first war in the beggining of 90th after first president of Georgia declared "Georgia for georgians!".
            2). About Iraq. Yes Saddam was a terrible dictator I agree. And he killed many innocent citizens of Iraq. But you killed much much more! With Saddam Iraq was the secular state, you bombed it back to the Middle Ages and now it is the source of muslim fanatics and terrorists.
            3). About Chechnya. Yes our troops killed many those, how you call them "freedom fighters" who are actually simple terrorists. And there were huge loses in citizens, I admit. But Chechnya is a part of Russia, and that war was a civil war, not invasion to another country. It was a fight for unity of Russia, for secular state and for human rights (wich you declare to like very much) In fact Chechnya was independent for 3 years in 1996-1999. Do you think they were buidingt a peacfull life in this 3 years? No, it was an Islamic state with sharia law and in 1999 they attacked Russia again in order to expand a "great caliphate".
            4). About evil Russia. If we are so evil maybe we should reject NATO transit to Afganistan through our territory? Or sell C300 to Iran? Or maybe we should help "freedom fighters" in Iraq and Afganistan with modern weapons (Stingers for example) By the way could you please explain how it happened that Afganistan people who were "freedom fighters" in 1980th suddenly became terrorists?
            5). About mirrors. Yes communism was terrible, but it ended 20 years ago. In the last 20 years Russia had no foreign wars at all. USA had: Iraq, Afganistan, Kosovo, Panama. And even if we compare USA with USSR, you had more wars during the cold war. USSR – Afganistan, USA: Korea, Vietnam. About Russian Empire which was before USSR you lie again. Yes it wasn't the happiest country in the world, and I even agree that Russia in the 19th century was a worse place to live than US for example. But it was a common easten Europian state. Not worse not better. By the way Russia never had colonies, citizens of all provinces had the same rights. If you study Russians great people you will notice that representatives of many "slavish" nations made good careers in Russin government and army. Could you imagine an Indian general in British army in the 19th century?

          • Bear from Russia

            A little more about Chechnya. A would gladly send all this peacefull people to you. In recent years some Europian contries (especially France) were stupid enough to take some ammount of "political refuges" from Chechnya. Now they don't know what to do with them because this peacefull people are used to live under sharia law, they don't work, don't respect laws and are very agressive. if you don't believe me read Europian newspapers.

          • New Yorker

            "About Iraq. Yes Saddam was a terrible dictator I agree. And he killed many innocent citizens of Iraq. But you killed much much more! With Saddam Iraq was the secular state…"

            Hitler's Germany was a secular state too, just like the Soviet Union. Yeh, right, now it's the devout muslims who kill and destroy all around the world. It makes no difference whether the U.S. is in or out of Iraq. And the fact that Saddam was a terrible dictator was not the true cause for taking him on and out.

          • Bear from Russia

            It is not wise to compare Saddam's Iraq with Hitler's Germany. Saddam never dreamed about world domination. There are a lot of terrible dictators that have full USA support. You are right "the fact that Saddam was a terrible dictator was not the true cause for taking him on and out." The main reason was oil. Saddam wanted to sell Iraq's oil for euro not for dollars. And it was a direct challenge to US.

          • New Yorker

            "About Chechnya. Yes our troops killed many those, how you call them "freedom fighters" who are actually simple terrorists. And there were huge loses in citizens, I admit. But Chechnya is a part of Russia, and that war was a civil war, not invasion to another country."

            I never called your chechen terrorists freedom fighters. Your troops bombed and killed almost indiscriminately. And if you are claiming Chechnya to be part of Russia then murdering hundreds of thousands of your fellow citizenry in the name of "unity" is heinous and very telling indeed, that you don't really give a damn about your own, let alone about anyone else who happens to be in your way. And this is exactly what Russia's essense is – savagery toward and debasement of her own people – a slavish attitude.

          • Bear from Russia

            "And this is exactly what Russia's essense is – savagery toward and debasement of her own people – a slavish attitude."
            How interesting… I already wrote you about peacefull Chechnya citizens… And at least all not russian nations that were included to Russia during our history are alive and many representatives of this nations made career in Russian government and army. Tell me please what happened to American Indians? Are they fine?

          • New Yorker

            Actually yes they are.

          • Bear from Russia

            Ofcouse they are. Genocided people always feel fine;) Should I remind you your own history of American exploration and USA expand?
            And I can't understand your logic. I never said that Russia is a perfect country, we have a lot of domestic problems. But it doesn't mean that US is allowed to be a world bully. And about our fireign politics: it is very peacefull in the last 20 years.

          • New Yorker

            "I already wrote you about peacefull Chechnya citizens… "

            This is exactly it – before preacing to us about how dreadful we are hopping around the world masacring peaceful folks – why don't you first look in the mirror and re-examine your own affairs.

          • Yankee Zulu

            The Russians have only been "peaceful"(I prefer "dormant")because they've been too broke to trot around bullying countries themselves. With their new found wealth via recently-tapped oil and gas reserves, they've been stretching their legs a bit lately. But there's no talking to this cat here, New Yorker, because evidently we're all brainwashed, mindless consumer Americans and Russia's the cultural and enlightened political epicenter of society.

          • Bear from Russia

            As you say, comrade commissar.

          • Yankee Zulu

            Dream on, Cossack cancer.

        • Yankee Zulu

          Well if we were in Iraq to take over, then I guess we've changed our plans. No wait… it was our plan to turn the country back over all along- my mistake! Oh yeah… we were there to completely control all of Iraq's oil. Hmmm… then why have we honored a large part of pre-OIF contracts signed under Hussein for drilling, production, refining and O&M of their oil field- TO INCLUDE CONTRACTS SIGNED BY THE CHINESE. But hey, at least we tried to play ball w/Iraq's government with the UN Oil for Food plan… note- the UN plan, not the US plan. You might remember it, Rusky- the plan that let Hussein organized back room deals with none other than THE RUSSIANS to embezzle millions in cash out of the whole misguided affair. Google it… it's all there.

          New modern Russia? Peaceful? Give me a friggin' break, pal. The only reason you guys aren't still steam-rolling all over weaker countries, raping their resources(not to mention their women), and oppressing them with a compulsory, ill-conceived and doomed political system is because right now you're more broke than we are- and have been for over 20 years. You can thank Ronald Reagan for that- you know, the guy who duped you into an arms race that you couldn't afford to begin w/? The one who FABRICATED US weapon spending figures and fictional SDI systems to sucker you into a paranoid spending spree? Yeah, that guy.

          Peaceful my bollocks. Right now you're too busy being embroiled in human trafficking, illegal arms deals and other organized crime endeavors to be working on "peace." You don't get out much, do you?

          How do I know all these things? Easy, I've lived in almost every country I've mentioned in my posts here.. to include Iraq and Venezuela. My finger's pretty close to the pulse. Now get back on the porch, Ivan.

          • Yankee Zulu

            Oh yeah, back to Venezuela… Might I further illuminate A FINE example of a "peaceful" Russia: the sale of 100,000 AK-103's to "standardize" VZ's rag-tag military(note- an AK-103 is an AK-74 chambered in the standard Warsaw Pact 7.62X39mm cartridge). You guys clearly knew what VZ would do with the assortment of FN-FAL's, AK-47's, G3's and other small arms that those 100,000 brand new Kalashnikovs would replace- SELL THEM. Sell them to subversives in neighboring countries, almost all of which DO NOT back Chavez("regional destabilization"). The Left-wing, pro-Chavez FARC narco-traffickers in neighboring Columbia are one such customer. These are criminals who finance themselves largely by taxing the cocaine routes the cartels use to get their product from the fields to the refineries, to the airfields and docks then on to the consumers. A primary route for cocaine to reach Europe(including RUSSIA) is through eastern Venezuelan airfields, across the Atlantic to western Africa, then on to the dealers and end-users up north. How's that workin' out for ya? I hear blow goes really well w/vodka.

          • Bear from Russia

            Maybe propaganda washed you brain completely or maybe you are a proffesional lier, I don''t know. The fact is you don't know about modern Russia anything, as about the world around you. The difference between you and me that I gain information from different sources: Russian, Euroipian, American and even Easten mass media and becouse of this I can try to be objective. But you, you are like a soviet commisar with a right for the truth. Do you gain you info from Fox news? Have you been to Russia? Do you know that the most countries in the world now agree that US is the main world bully. Would you tell me now that the entire world is evil, ha? Modern US is very similar to… Soviet Union. at the beggining of 80th. And to the British Empire 100 years ago.
            About your vodka "jokes". I guess you are a narrow-minded nazi, aren't you. Unfortunattly in Russia we have such people too. We call them "potcreots". They often joke that all americans are fat mindless consumers that even don't know that the Earth is round. You need to debate with this "potcreots" not with me. It's your level.

          • Yankee Zulu

            Reread my post, there Rasputin(you CAN read, can't you?). I don't get my info from any news source at all. I actually spend lengthy periods of time in troubled regions all over the world and witness the very things I can describe firsthand. In fact, w/the exception of Iran- I've been to EVERY country that I've mentioned here, and for extended periods of time. So you can go on assuming all you want about "American consumerism" or any other cookie-cutter, stereotype description of America that you've merely regurgitated from the mindless drivel you immerse yourself in day after day, hour after hour on TV and in the blogosphere. The fact of the matter is that no matter how informed you think that you are- YOU are the blind, and I am the enlightened. You can preach to me all day long about my alleged ignorance- bottom line, I've walked the walk, you talk the talk. Like I said before: get back on the porch, and this time you should stay there. And while your sitting there all pissed off at Uncle Sam, try doing a little PROPER discovery and working on your English before you start running your mouth to people who've clearly seen more of the world than you.

    • Fred Dawes

      the monkeys want one thing the death of the USA.

  • jim

    Why isn't Obama enforcing the nuclear non-proliferation pact? If we have to do it alone (enforce the pact), then so be it, but it must be enforced. If it's not, then every despot, crackpot, and terrorist in the world will soon have nukes. If the pact is dead, so are we.

    • John Beatty

      And how, pray, would he do that? A strongly worded protest? Send Hillary? Have Michell reply "as a mom…?" Have him reach out to Venezuela and offer Chavez a beer in the rose garden?

      Non-proliferation is a joke, unenforceable by any means.

      • jim

        Obviously, you're not a student of history. It takes guts (and motivation) and that's exactly what JFK had and B. Hussein (and you) don't.

        JFK looked Nikita in the eye and said get the damn missiles out of Cuba, or we will. He didn't wait for the UN or the EU. Nikita obliged.

        The same approach needs to be taken with Iran, N.Korea, and Venezuela. If not, then they'll be selling nukes on eBay. Anyone and everyone will be able to bomb you and your ilk out of your angst.

        • MaxG

          Obviously, you're not a student of history too or propaganda washed your brain. USSR placed missiles in Cuba because the U.S. was the first to deploy missiles in Turkey. Khrushchev removed the missiles from Cuba in exchange for what the U.S. removed their from Turkey. USSR achieved what he wanted.

          • Yankee Zulu

            The USSR is gone, and the US maintains an aerial-delivered nuclear garrison in Turkey.

          • Kazakh

            That's right.
            That is why you will have a loony neighbour with the nuclear technology.
            Do not complain then :)

          • Yankee Zulu

            Well don't right now, and I can PROMISE you it will never come to fruition.

  • http://australianzionist.blogspot.com David Holmes

    Two nut-cases with nuclear weapons would be scary. Any leader wanting such a thing should undergo a lie detector and probe into his/her sanity. These idiots are a couple of buffoons who with nuclear weapons would be really talking like big shots. Best to stop them now before we are all sitting on the edge of our seats wondering which of these nuts will press the button first.

    • John Beatty

      Sure. You impose that requirement "sanity" thing. See how far you get. HOw would you propose to "stop" them? Preemptive nuclear attacks? Think that'll work?

  • Cuban Refugee

    While Venezuela's murder rate is one of the highest in the world, Chavez shuts down TV and radio stations that disagree with him, nationalizes businesses, and issues the people ration cards for food, and now he is going nuclear — he is living the dream of Marx as the Venezuelan people experience the nightmare of repression and fear. If this lunatic is not stopped, Castro's acolyte will follow Che Guevara's malevolent plan for the destruction of New York — his hatred for the United States is so great that it may match Obama's in its intensity. With his laissez-faire attitude for Iran, Obama is inviting Chavez to follow the leader for a game in which the losers will be the free world.

    • Lary9

      I will soon have a chance to see much of what you speak myself. I'm going on a journalistic fact-finding tour through Cuba next spring. I'm tasked to report accurately on the vox populi a half century after the revolution.

      • Cuban Refugee

        Godspeed and many blessings to you, Lary9. Keep your eyes and mind open, and let go of judgments and previously conceived notions. I hope you will be allowed to see Cuba through a citizen's eyes — not just the sanitized "tourist" version — and that the people you interview are not government plants. Please report your findings upon your return — I would be curious to read about your first-hand perceptions. A part of me wishes I were going with you …

        • Lary9

          You can count on it. I'll have relatively unrestricted access through my group and I'm not carrying any blind pretensions about the glowing purity of the revolution. On the other hand, I'm not looking to condemn "la voz del pueblo cubano" either. I'll check in when I'm there if I can get connectivity. Do you know if there are mobile hook-ups?

          • Cuban Refugee

            Try to stick with someone in your group, and do not wander off alone, or venture into any areas that appear desolate as they can be unsafe day or night. There have been reports of muggings — the people are desperate for cash and foreign-made goods. Not sure about mobile phone reception. If not for the anonymous aspect of online forums, I would give you my cousins' contact information.

          • Lary9

            Thanks. I'm an old traveler with survivor's instincts. I will certainly be circumspect about where my boots go. If you like, go ahead and send it: <lary9@comcast.net.> That would be cool.

  • Wesley69

    And the power games plays on. If Putin wants to help Chavez on the nuclear path, Obama needs to revive the plan for a fixed-base anti-missile system in Poland and the Czech Republic, which was originally designed to defend against Iranian missile attack. This would say to the Russians, that, maybe, you've grown up and see the world as it is. Trade the system for Russian assistance to Venezuela.

    All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
    Thomas Jefferson

    • Bear from Russia

      Right. So you want Obama to cheat Medvedev with AMS? OK, why shouldn't Medvedev then cheat Obama and provide Iran with C300?

    • Kazakh

      "which was originally designed to defend against Iranian missile attack. "

      Have you ever seen the map of Europe?

  • rob

    So this is another case where we (the United States) get to dictate to other countries they cannot have nuclear anything, all the while we possess over 10,000 warheads, can choose to build power plants where ever we want, & have a huge stockpile of uraniun.???

    • Shane Brown

      Rob, you idiot we don't have 10,000 warheads.
      We haven't built a new reactor in years and we haven't built a new nuclear weapons system in decades and we're the threat? On the other hand Russia has over 10,000 warheads, both tactical and strategic, helps iran and venezuela with nuclear reactors, and has developed modern nuclear weapons like bulava and topol. Of course you convienetly forget these facts, just like a typical lunatic left wing extremist.

    • Fred Dawes

      yes and no this guy is total evil just like the other Reds and hitler, look once more and undertand what evil is.

    • Wesley69

      The number of nuclear weapons the US and Russia is unimportant. Launch them all and only the cockroach will survive.

      Mr. Rob, I do believe the US had better watch out for its own self interests,. That's what Russia, China and all countries do. If we don't take care of ourselves, no nation is going to take care of the poor US.

      It is not in our interest for Iran to get weapons while we are dependent on that region for oil. Venezuela, however, is on the other side of the Gulf. Many US cities could easily be targeted. This is unexceptable. Both Chavez and Ahamdinejad are power-crazy dictators. We can take the insults, but when they take the game to another level, it is time to take them down a peg.

      But, don't worry, Mr. Rob, this President will do nothing to stop either dictator. The danger will grow. They will get weapons and then may use them. Didn't Mr. O. say we could absorb a nuclear strike on a city? That makes me feel ree…ally good!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Chavez and Putin two numbskulls who live the life of the
    rich and infamous. Now think on how they can put peace
    in danger and how hundreds of thousands of lives can
    be destroyed by their actions if not millions, think on it.
    Wouldn't it be better to have these two suffer a painful
    accident, very painful and assure peace and the future for
    untold citizens of the world, think their two rotten lives are
    worth more than a large part of the world population?
    They need to be gone…….puff—–……………William

    • Mishel

      You are mad…

  • WilliamJamesWard

    I have lived long in a world of ruthless dictators destroying the
    lives of millions, rivers of blood shed for their megalomaniac
    dreams of power, yes it makes me mad to know scum like them
    will continue to keep on keeping on. You Mishel are ignorant and
    thus a potential victim of their villainy………………………………William

  • Shane Brown

    ahh, more soviet,um I mean russian propaganda. You liars and cheats have broken the arms control treaties for years. Ken Alibek , a former soviet official, admitted that you russians were developing, producing and fielding biological weapons after you signed the biological weapons treaty. You also broke the Conventional Forces Europe Treaty when y'all sent in the Red Army rape gang into Chechnya with more rapists, I mean soldiers, than allowed by the treaty. So Russian claims of only 3000 warheads are laughable, and no wikipedia is not a credible source. As far dropping the bombs on Japan, those were military targets and the US was ending a war that Japan started. Do me a favor Ivan go read some real history not Pedophile Putin's Propaganda.

    • Kazakh

      Your Ken Alibek is a unprincipled man (?) who deserted his family and will say anything just to please his new masters.
      But I like that you believe this guy.
      We say: A man who betrayed once will do it again. Good luck!

    • Bear from Russia

      Are you crazy? Checnya is a part of Russia. What connetions is there between Conventional Forces Europe Treaty and Checnya? by the way this Treaty wasn't ratify but any Europian country.

  • Ghostwriter

    In the few interviews I've seen with Chavez,he's come across to me as a paranoid man who has an inflated view of himself. Here's the question that Chavez's supporters never want to ask themselves. Why should a nation like Venezuela that is rich in oil,need a nuclear reactor? I hope to get a reply but I'm not holding my breath.

  • Fred Dawes

    can i ask will obama help this monkey chavez? read Michael Savage new book to understand what both parties have done to you!!! its all about your death and the murder of your kids! and all of freedom any place in this world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/WhatsNextVenezuela What's Next Vz?

    Both Venezuelan and Iranian leaders are known for their belligerent rhetoric, so it’s hard to trust in the peaceful purposes of their nuclear programs. Besides, that nuclear plant is an expensive project that wouldn’t solve the urgent energetic problem caused by Chávez’s socialist policies in Venezuela.

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  • iking

    Russia + VZ/Iran is not a good idea. Russia is faking friendship and is embracing the US, but on his hand is a knife pointed at US' back and that knife is Chavez' VZ and the mullahocracy of Iran.

  • Kazakh

    to iking

    25 years ago Gorbachev hold out the olive branch to USA. Warshaw Pact was dissolved. Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) signed by 16 NATO countries was implemented ONLY in Russia. 15 years ago Eltsin turned away nuclear missiles from the US.
    What did US?
    NATO bases are all around Russia. US supports ALL the anti-russian attitudes and regimes in the region. US breached the The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
    Simply speaking the US spit upon good will.
    Now you get the adequate response.

  • Rik

    We have a right for nuclear power as all nations in the world. It is not for yankee to decide can we have power or not. Forget about our country crazy freaks!

  • Wesley69

    That is your right to believe that. But if it threatens our security and is not in our national interest, then we will oppose it. Forget our your crazy leaders? I doubt it, because should they weaponize their uranium, they could use it against us. Our country's concern for its own people must come first.

  • Konstantin_ts

    Nobody has the right to dictate to a free country, what power they develop.
    Why should we be afraid of Chavez, and are not afraid of the United States. To date only the U.S. used nuclear weapons. And only they can use it again. And about the aggressiveness of U.S. policy ask the Serbs, Iraqis and Afghans …

    • Wesley69

      Nobody had the right, but it is not about that. It is about some crazy, religious, ego-maniac dictators getting the bomb and using it to create a biblical apocaplyse or to test our will. We came to the aid of the Muslims many times, rescuing them from the cruelity of dictators. The pictures out of Afghanistan were horrible – people being executed at halftime in a soccer game.

  • Bismark

    You gone too far in your arrogance. Russians have a full right to build a plant for Chavez. So as Germany and France. Unfortunately our government is too dependent from Washington and because of you we loose profitable contracts to Russians. First Iran now Venezuela. US should behave different or you loose all Allys.