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Hugo Chávez 'evil axis' tour: Looking for love in all the wrong places?

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It's like that old country song: "Lookin' for love in all the wrong places. Lookin' for love." (Or as Eddie Murphy would say in his classic SNL skit, "wookin pa nub.")

That's what Venezuelan firebrand Hugo Chávez appears to be doing this week on an 11-day trip that trip takes him to Russia, Belarus, Syria, Algeria, Libya, and Iran.

They may be the wrong places only as far as the US is concerned. (It was, after all, Mr. Chavez who joked that his trip would be to the "evil axis" countries.) But for Chávez and his assortment of less-than-US-friendly hosts, the chemistry may be just right.

In fact, Chávez gave Col. Muammar Qaddafi a warm hug as he was welcomed as the guest of honor during festivities to ring in the 40th anniversary of the Libyan strongman's coup.


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