March 23, 2011

Chavez Says Life On Mars Destroyed By Capitalism

Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez blames capitalism for the lack of life on the planet Mars.

During his World Water Day speech, Chavez said: "I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet."

"Here on planet Earth where hundreds of years ago or less there were great forests, now there are deserts. Where there were rivers, there are deserts."

Chavez has been blaming capitalism for many of the problems the world faces, adding to his speech that attacks on Libya were about water and oil reserves.

Reuters reports that earlier this month, the U.S. National Research Council suggested that NASA's priority should be to develop a robot to determine if Mars has ever supported life, and to study the planet's geological and climatic history.

"Water has been discovered on Mars," says Guy Webster, a spokesperson with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. However, the confirmation of life on the Red Planet has yet to be determined, reports FoxNews.com.