"Colombia has become the Israel of Latin America"

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ZZZzzzzzzz, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. Chavez: Colombia has become the Israel of Latin America
    By The Associated Press
    Tags: Iran, Hugo Chavez, Israel

    Venezeuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered tanks and thousands of troops on Sunday to the border with Colombia, accusing it of pushing South
    America to the brink of war and likening it to Israel for its U.S.-backed
    attacks on militants.

    Chavez called Colombian President Alvaro Uribe a criminal and branded his government a terrorist state, over the killing of a top rebel leader on Ecuadorean soil.

    "The Colombian government has become the Israel of Latin America," an agitated Chavez said, reiterating his criticism of the Israel Defense Forces' strikes on Palestinian militants.

    "We aren't going to permit Colombia to become the Israel of these lands. ... Uribe, we aren't going to permit you."

    Denouncing Colombia's slaying of the rebel commander in a cross-border raid into Ecuador, Chavez said Venezuela would respond militarily if Colombia violates its border.

    He ordered Venezuela's embassy in Bogota closed.

    "We don't want war, but we aren't going to permit the U.S. empire, which is the master [of Colombia] ... to come divide us," Chavez said on his weekly TV and radio program.

    In protest, Ecuador withdrew its ambassador from Bogota, ordered Colombia's top diplomat expelled and ordered the mobilization of troops to the border with Colombia.

    Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, said Colombia deliberately carried out the strike beyond its borders. There is no justification, Correa said Sunday night, snubbing an earlier annoucement from Colombia that it would apologize for the incursion.

    Correa said the rebels were bombed and massacred as they slept, using
    precision technology. He said Colombia violated Ecuador's airspace when it bombed the rebel camp, which the Colombian military said was located 1.8 kilometers from the border.

    Colombian officials have long complained that Ecuador's military does not
    control its sparsely populated border, allowing rebels to take refuge.

    In a statement, Colombia said FARC terrorists including Reyes have had the custom of killing in Colombia and taking refuge in the territory of
    neighboring countries.

    The situation pushed already tense relations between Venezuela and Colombia to a new nadir, though cross-border trade has not yet been seriously affected. Chavez did not specify how many troops was sending to the border.

    Chavez, who has friendly diplomatic ties with Syria and Iran, said last year during a visit to Damascus that his goal was to "build a new world" free of U.S. domination.

    Israel is considering downgrading its relations with Venezuela in light of the extremist anti-Israel line taken by the country's government under President Hugo Chavez.

    Israel is concerned about the growing alliance between Chavez and his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    A highly-placed source in Jerusalem says only preliminary talks have been held on the issue and no decision has been made.
  2. Crazy assed river people!
  3. We should encourage Colombia to challenge Chavez. We can get a second chance for regime change in venezuela. Or we can wimp out like Kennedy did with Castro and still have the problem 40 years later.Their current regime is openly supporting terrorists who hold Americans hostage. We know Obama will not object to that, but I would think bush would.
  4. haven't we learned anything about regime changes yet? why don't we focus on our own regime change and bring in a non-thug for 8 yrs. it's not our job to police the world.
  5. When are you going to realize that regime change in other countries...especially those countries rich in oil...are none of our business.

    Then again, the klannish think every drop of oil in other countries belongs to them...

    You remind me of a junkie who thinks of nothing about the next fix...except in our case it is crude oil, not H.

  6. You don't think the 900 billion USDollars poured in to Colombia in the last 8 years has had any great affect on regime change in Venezuela?


    Wow. Must send more money......or lives. That'll do it. For sure.

  7. If you see a cockroach running across your kitchen floor, you step on it. Otherwise, you end up with more cockroaches. Why is this so hard to understand?
  8. If Venezuela has a cockroach let them step on it.

    Why is this so hard to understand?

  9. The problem is that it seems so easy to understand. Hence ignorant cowboys like you and our President really think that geopolitics is no harder to deal with than their own hygiene problems.

    I suggest you read Stephen Kinzer's book "Overthrow". It's a very good treatment of America's track record at squashing cockroaches. Not to give away the punchline, but we generally fail and even when we succeeds in our stated goals, the long term repercussions create more problems than they solve.


    In fact your analogy may be better than you realize, getting rid of cockroaches on the global stage really requires much the same approach as in your kitchen. A careful examination of your own habits, study into what is feeding the cockroaches, and then a lot of discipline and painstaking effort to eliminate their sources of food. Otherwise squashing one simply leaves 5 more in its wake.

  10. #10     Mar 4, 2008