Score one for civility.
The King of Spain told Venezuelan strongman, Hugo Chavez, to "shut up" at a conference on Saturday. It was civility, in the form of the king, answering rudeness, Chavez.
Chavez, used to jailing, shouting down or strong-arming anyone talking back to him, did not call on police to arrest the king.
More on the exchange from EDUARDO GALLARDO, AP at Breitbart:
The king of Spain told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to "shut up" Saturday during a heated exchange at a summit of leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.Of course, Chavez was not about to take this with lips zipped.
Chavez, who called President Bush the "devil" on the floor of the United Nations last year, triggered the exchange by repeatedly referring to former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar as a "fascist."
Aznar, a conservative who was an ally of Bush as prime minister, "is a fascist," Chavez said in a speech at the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. "Fascists are not human. A snake is more human."
Spain's current socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, responded during his own allotted time by urging Chavez to be more diplomatic in his words and respect other leaders despite political differences.
"Former President Aznar was democratically elected by the Spanish people and was a legitimate representative of the Spanish people," he said, eliciting applause from the gathered heads of state.
Chavez repeatedly tried to interrupt, but his microphone was off.
Spanish King Juan Carlos, seated next to Zapatero, angrily turned to Chavez and said, "Why don't you shut up?"
Thank God King Juan Carlos was not carrying a protest sign.
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