DE RUEHSO #0090 0361455
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 051455Z FEB 07
FM AMCONSUL SAO PAULO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6363
INFO RHEHNSC/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUEHBR/AMEMBASSY BRASILIA PRIORITY 7453
RUEHRI/AMCONSUL RIO DE JANEIRO PRIORITY 7759
RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC 2702 UNCLAS SAO PAULO 000090
STATE INR/R/MR; IIP/R/MR; WHA/PD
DEPT PASS USTR
E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: MIDEAST: CHIRAC ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PLANS; WESTERN
HEMISPHERE: VENEZUELA, CHAVEZ'S RULE BY DECREE; SAO PAULO
1. "Middle East Is A Politicians' Swamp"
Center-right national circulation daily O Estado de S. Paulo's Paris
correspondent Giles Lapouge commented (2/2): "Concerned with the
idea that the world will be an orphan - when he leaves the
presidency in two months - French President Jacques Chirac wanted to
render a last service to the planet. Convinced that he could calm
down both the furious Iranians in Tehran and nervous Americans in
Washington, he told three perplexed journalists that, after all, it
would not be that serious if Iran produced nuclear bombs and
launched one or two of them over Israel.... Such a baroque idea was
so original that it displeased everyone....By explaining that two
Iranian bombs would not be even a needle prick, Chirac also
disgusted Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad."
2. "The Danger Coming From The North"
Political columnist Joao Mellao Neto wrote in center-right O Estado
de S. Paulo (2/2): "Democracy is not only the prevalence of the
majority's will. Were that the cause, Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's
Germany could have been considered democratic. Democracy is also,
and mainly, respect for the right of minorities, the free existence
of autonomous institutions independent from the Executive.... The
so-called 'popular will' is nothing but a semantic crutch supporting
populist dictators to justify their arbitrariness.... Considering
all this, is it possible to consider Hugo Chvez's Venezuela a
democratic nation? Obviously not. But our unique president
understands the contrary. According to what Lula has said, 'there is
too much democracy in Venezuela, 'alluding to elections and
referenda through which Chvez is increasingly becoming a
dictator.... Everything would be much simpler if the problem were
restricted to Venezuela. But Chvez has greater ambitions. He wants
to become a continental leader and interferes in internal affairs of
several nations of the region.... He is neither an idiot nor
ignorant.... He knows exactly what he is doing and why he is doing
that. The Brazilian government does not perceive the danger that he
represents.... Chvez's intentions are clear and most of them
hostile to Brazil. Lula is the only one who has not yet understood
that.... Chvez has nothing to teach us, except how to kill a
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