Recently, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has praised such classically bad actors as Carlos the Jackal, Robert Mugabe and Idi Amin. You can see the story here in Foreign Policy.
We really have to wonder if there is any horrific autocrat in whom Chavez would not see redeeming qualities? How about Pol Pot, author of the killing fields, or Joseph Stalin of the gulag? How about Adolf Hitler of the holocaust?
Those who pose as Chavez's friends, do they subscribe to these views as well? Do Danny Ortega, Rafael Correa and Evo Morales agree that cannibal Idi Amin is admirable, that terrorist Carlos the Jackal was a hero?
There has to be a point at which Chavez' ranting causes him to be viewed as a man in need of psychiatric treatment, as a madman.