Arabs’ New Favorite Leader: Hugo Chávez!?!
May 20th 2009, by Matthew Clark - Christian Science Monitor
That’s right. The colorful Latin leftist has some serious crossover appeal.
He’s now huge – or, as Donald Trump would say, “uuuuuge” – in the Middle East.
So big that he’s surpassed the usual favorites: Osama bin Laden, Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedenejad. At least that’s the result of this week’s University of Maryland and Zogby International’s 2009 Annual Arab Public Opinion Survey. (President Obama didn’t place, although George W. Bush still did quite well in the “worst world leaders” category, as Foreign Policy points out.)
It may seem surprising, but a quick look back Mr. Chávez’s statements and visits over the past few years reveal why he’s now a hero for the “Arab Street,” earning nicknames like “Chávez of Arabia.”
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