Cigarettes, breathing, looking at the sun, sticking your head in a microwave, eating lead paint, etc. Add yet another item to the already long list of totally fun things that cause cancer: Ruling a South American country.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez recently insinuated that a plot by the U.S. could be behind his and other political leader's illnesses…
Chavez, who was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer in June and had a baseball-sized tumor removed in Cuba, has called for a regional summit of leaders who have battled cancer including Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva and Paraguay’s Fernando Lugo.
"I'm just sharing my thoughts, but it's very, very, very strange," Chavez said. "Evo take care of yourself, Correa, be careful, we just don’t know," he said, referring to Evo Morales and Rafael Correa, the leaders of Bolivia and Ecuador.
The U.S. embassy in Caracas declined to comment on Chávez's theories, seeing as how he also recently called President Obama a clown, said George W. Bush was the devil, and refers to his political enemies as "Imperial Yankees." Even though several of those theories may sound credible, there's no way our government is capable of giving specific leaders long-term diseases.
Or is there? After all, the U.S. did give Osama bin Laden that bullet-sized tumor.
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Tags: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela