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Hugo Chavez Rants Against Colombian Raid

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela never misses an opportunity to stride upon the stage of pomposity in order to inform the world who is good or bad. He termed the recent raid by Colombian troops upon FARC rebels hiding in Ecaudor as a “war crime” and demanded internatinal condemnation of the action. The Organization of American States approved a resolution calling the Colombian military raid a violation of Ecuadorean sovereignty. But, for Chavez, the self-appointed guardian of what must transpire in Latin America, much more is required. Ecuador’s Pesident Rafael Correa announced his nation was cutting off diplomatic relations with Venezuela.

Lost in the rhetoric of defiance is any mention that Ecuador–and Venezuela– have given refugees to drug dealing so-called “leftist” forces who have kidnapped people and held them for ransom as well as cooperating with drug lords. Chavez told Colombia he didn’t care about their $6 billion annual trade and might even nationalize the assets of Colombian investors in his nation.

For some reason, Chavez did not find time to condemn Turkey’s recent eight day invasion of northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebel forces. Ecuador can not afford refuge to rebels who long past have lost any respect as agents of reform in Colombia. They are simply cut-throat drug dealers who kidnap and abuse people.

Dogs Of War Barking In Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez moved tanks to the border of Colombia and mobilized jet fighter planes as he warned the Colombian government their continued attacks on FARC rebels hiding in Ecuador might spark war. Colombia’s military said on Saturday its troops killed Raul Reyes, a leader of the Marxist FARC rebels duing an attack on his jungle camp in Ecuador. The operation included air strikes and fighting with rebels in border regions. Chavez in his usuual rhetoric ordered the Venezuelan military to move 10 battalions to the frontier of Colombia and said: “May God spare us war. But we are not going to allow them to violate out sovereign territory.”

The FARC rebellion began as a political movement directed at the Colombian government. As years passed, the rebels increasingly turned towards working with drug lords and lost their revolutionary fervor once money became more important. Chavez dared to call the FARC rebel leader’s death, a “cowardly assassination” of a “good revolutionary.” The only thing good about FARC is its ability to make money from drugs. They long ago lost any connection to revolutionary ideals related to poverty and injustice.