CARACAS, Venezuela - The American singer and activist Harry Belafonte called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world" on Sunday and said millions of Americans support the socialist revolution of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
Belafonte led a delegation of Americans including the actor Danny Glover and the Princeton University scholar Cornel West that met the Venezuelan president for more than six hours late Saturday. Some in the group attended Chavez's television and radio broadcast Sunday.
"No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we're here to tell
you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people ... support your revolution," Belafonte told Chavez during the broadcast.
Let's see if we can get this straight. A man that found fame by singing a damned "banana" song, is speaking for you and me?
You know, I try to respect everyone's right to an opinion, even if it is different than mine. This is America. Many have fought and died for them to have that right.
But what I resent is, people that disagree with me, speaking for me, having never met me. It is a sign of the worst kind of ignorance, which is also known as arrogance. Mr. Belafonte does not speak for me. And as I suspect, he is being either ignorant or is outright lying, when he states that millions in this country are supportive of the revolution in Venezuela.
Harry, the ignorant masses may believe you. But do not make the embarassing mistake of thinking that you speak for free-thinking, intelligent people. We see the folly in your belief system, even if you are too blind to see yourself. If you want to be stupid, stand by your stupidness alone and do not involve me or other fine Amercans, when voicing your delusional material. I respect your right to your opinions, but when you use your star status to make the kind of statements you make like this, it forces me to lose respect for YOU.