I don’t think this is ‘getting shot from both sides’ material, I think this is a question of post, and pull up a chair (or per llogar-hi cadires as we say in Catalan). When the loony right meets the looney left. Robertson vs Chavez. I don’t even need to write a post, since Tim Worstall has done a pretty accomplished job already. Basically the Guardian article Tim links to says it all in the first para:
“America’s leading televangelist appeared to take Christian fundamentalism into uncharted territory yesterday when he called for the assassination of Venezuela’s president, Hugo Ch?vez.”
Taking Christian evangelism into uncharted territory, that just about gets to it.
I do have one reasonably important difference with Tim on the deontological level I think: political assasination. I do not favour this, and recent US history in Latin America is not a happy one in this regard to say the least. Maybe my perspective is coloured regionally, but little as I like Chavez, I regard Vladimir Putin as a much worse global menace, and he has nuclear weapons, but no, I don’t want anyone to ‘take him out for me’, not in this lifetime thank you very much.
Update: One commenter has just reminded me of a source on this that I forgot to mention, Venezuelan blogger Miguel Octavio, and his Devil’s Excrement blog.