August 31, 2007
— Purple Avenger We see this story here where comrade Chavez is in Colombia to "help broker" a deal to get some FARC held hostages "released" in exchange for hundreds of FARC rebels.
... The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is holding 45 hostages, including soldiers, politicians and the three U.S. contractors abducted more than four years ago. In return for releasing them, the FARC wants hundreds of guerrillas to be freed, including two commanders in U.S. prisons.Of course anyone who has followed events along the border has known for quite a while the real situation is that comrade Chavez instituted what amounts to a defacto low intensity war with Colombia using the FARC as proxies. He's been arming them and supplying them with across the border havens from which to launch their attacks. He knows the Colombians, being significantly weaker militarily, are loathe to chase the FARC across the border or attack their havens for fear of giving him the excuse he wants to start carving off large chunks of Colombia for himself.
Success by Chavez in mediating a humanitarian swap could expand his influence and improve his image in the region, but it's a risky move -- he is stepping squarely into Colombia's civil conflict and generating optimism among the families of those long held captive by rebels. Seldom has Chavez involved himself so directly with the internal affairs of another nation...
This whole deal smacks of being a 100% stage managed affair for the idiots in the world press. The smart money says that the "hostages" were likely snatched on Hugo's orders in anticipation of such a spectacle so he can demonstrate his "stature", "influence", and overall premier grade world leader cred for the idiots in the MSM...who appear to be swallowing his bullshit hook line and sinker.
Posted by: USCitizen at August 31, 2007 07:46 PM (4HWub)
Posted by: andycanuck at August 31, 2007 08:06 PM (Q+K6Q)
Posted by: Golden Boy at September 01, 2007 05:31 AM (HYYz7)
If Chavez is dealing with FARC, there is a good chance he is involved somehow with Colombia's illict Cocaine Trade. He is not becoming another Castro, but a Noregia. Expect another Operation Just Cause in a few years to be launched in behalf of helping Colombia.
Posted by: GTBurns at September 01, 2007 05:59 AM (iInYK)
Your right. When third world marxist dictators pull out their dicks, MSM drops to its knees.
Posted by: geb4000 at September 01, 2007 07:45 AM (a1oRP)
LOS PEPES was finished when Escobar died. The main right wing force against FARC is not LOS PEPES which is now defuncthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Pepes
AUC is the right wing death squad also classed as a terrorist organization by the US government.
I have not seen any credible writing saying that Chavez has any real control over FARC. FARC has always been able to finance and arm itself on its own.
Posted by: John Ryan at September 01, 2007 09:43 AM (TcoRJ)
Los Pepes may be gone, but it just transformed into the AUC as that was founded by former Los Pepes members. Same shit different name.
Chavez is just going to help destablized the entire region that is on shaky ground as it is. AUC is basically anti-terrorist terrorists. Something you will see happen if the US pulls out of Iraq. You think all those PMC's over there are going to leave? The US government can pull its troops, but still pay all those Merc groups to do the same thing the Military has been doing.
There is a private war going on in Iraq that no one is even talking about.
Posted by: GTBurns at September 01, 2007 12:02 PM (iInYK)
That was then, this is now. FARC doesn't take a shit without Chavez's approval these days. They're joined at the hip. He could shut them down in VE by snapping his fingers. That he does not do so speaks volumes.
Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 01, 2007 01:41 PM (NiDeC)
OMG its the Purple Avenger is here at Ace. Dang I am *so* out of it. Next thing you know Vinnie will be posting...huh...what..errrr, never mind.
Hey dOOd. How's Yemen? Huh... what....errr, never mind.
Posted by: Jane at September 01, 2007 07:37 PM (8nB5X)
When are the Veny's going to stand up to this guy? He was able to broker (or slam) through a deal to change the constitution there to allow him to serve pretty much forever, and that ends any hope that he'll just be a small little historical irritant to us here in the US...A small boycott of CITGO hurt them last year and I'll continue to do my part to see he doesn't get my moolah.
Banana republics are notorious for their lack of civility and pure disregard for their peoples welfare, and he's going to the head of the class...
Posted by: TA at September 02, 2007 12:06 PM (yz1GR)
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