UNITED NATIONS (CNN) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tore into his U.S. counterpart and his U.N. hosts Wednesday, likening President Bush to the devil and telling the General Assembly that its system is “worthless.”

“The devil came here yesterday,” Chavez said, referring to Bush, who addressed the world body during its annual meeting Tuesday. “And it smells of sulfur still today.”

Chavez accused Bush of having spoken “as if he owned the world” and said a psychiatrist could be called to analyze the statement.

“As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: ‘The Devil’s Recipe.'”

Chavez held up a book by Noam Chomsky on imperialism and said it encapsulated his arguments: “The American empire is doing all it can to consolidate its hegemonistic system of domination, and we cannot allow him to do that. We cannot allow world dictatorship to be consolidated.”

Chavez also blasted the United Nations, calling the General Assembly “merely a deliberative organ” that meets once a year.

“We have no power, no power to make any impact on the terrible situation in the world,” he said.

Chavez called the veto power shared by the five permanent members of the Security Council “anti-democratic,” and cited the U.S. veto of a resolution that would have demanded the Israelis halt their bombing of Lebanon this summer.

That move “allowed the Israelis with impunity to destroy Lebanon in front of us all as we stood there watching,” Chavez said. He recommended that the world body’s headquarters be moved to another country and offered Venezuela as a possible new home.

He noted that he recently returned from a summit of more than 50 heads of state from nonaligned nations in Havana, Cuba, and urged his audience to support their efforts for “a world of peace.”

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Trust me, Hugo — anyplace where all of the world’s leaders gather is likely to start smelling foul after only a few hours. This is an immutable law of nature.

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