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.