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War possible in the next few years
Firmas Press ^ | Jan. 25, 2005 | Carlos Alberto Montaner

Posted on 01/25/2005 11:11:54 AM PST by Kitten Festival

Latin American war could possibly break out in the next few years. Unlike what happened in the 20th century when all confrontations were caused by border disputes, this time the war could be a bloody, multinational conflict triggered by ideological reasons.

All symptoms indicate that behind that likely disaster will be the irresponsible behavior of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, a quixotic firebrand who is intent in reconstructing the continent according to his revolutionary fantasies. ....

Venezuela has replaced Cuba as the headquarters of the violent left. A few weeks ago, a former Peruvian Army officer, Antauro Humala, after proclaiming himself a disciple of Hugo Chávez and accompanied by several dozen insurgents, seized a couple of military installations, murdered four policemen and attempted unsuccessfully to launch a nationwide revolution.

(Excerpt) Read more at firmaspress.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chavez; chavistas; colombia; communist; farc; guerrillas; ideological; landconfiscation; landreform; latinamerica; leftist; narcotrafficantes; regional; terror; thugs; venezuela; war
This will make your blood go cold. A must read.
1 posted on 01/25/2005 11:11:56 AM PST by Kitten Festival
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read later.


2 posted on 01/25/2005 11:13:05 AM PST by Grzegorz 246
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To: Kitten Festival

Thanks for posting this


3 posted on 01/25/2005 11:15:29 AM PST by ZGuy
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To: alekboyd

FYI..heads up..


4 posted on 01/25/2005 11:18:25 AM PST by ken5050
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To: Kitten Festival

Ping!


5 posted on 01/25/2005 11:19:18 AM PST by Perseverando
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To: ken5050

If you think illegal immigration is bad now wait until hell breaks loose south of the border. Of course the liberals will want to save all the refugees by welcoming them into this country.


6 posted on 01/25/2005 11:20:02 AM PST by superiorslots
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To: Kitten Festival

communism


7 posted on 01/25/2005 11:22:25 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Grateful Heart Tour 2005)
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To: Grzegorz 246

read later


8 posted on 01/25/2005 11:23:46 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Kitten Festival

Do you know if chavez has taken delivery of any of the military equipment it ordered from russia?


9 posted on 01/25/2005 11:25:49 AM PST by monkeywrench
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Revel; Velveeta; Dolphy; archy; ...

ARchy, don't I remember you writing a personal post explaining the situation in South or Latin America? Do you have that URL?


10 posted on 01/25/2005 11:30:30 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Kitten Festival

Islam, Latin America, China and it's mad pitbull NK, and don't forget the Euro-weenies.

TSGHTF soon, all around the globe.


11 posted on 01/25/2005 11:30:43 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (RLK was right.)
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To: monkeywrench
Do you know if chavez has taken delivery of any of the military equipment it ordered from russia?

As a matter of fact ships loaded with ...... uh ......... farming equipment are arriving almost daily from Cuba. You should see their new supersonic crop-dusters.

12 posted on 01/25/2005 11:33:57 AM PST by fella
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To: Kitten Festival

Why doesn't somebody just kill Chavez?

I would, but I've got a couple of other taskers I'm working right now...and I have Spring Break plans already.


13 posted on 01/25/2005 11:34:03 AM PST by Don Simmons (Annoy a liberal: Work hard; Prosper; Be Happy.)
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To: Kitten Festival

I want to agree with the author of this commentary. But I believe that Hugo Chavez is getting direct input and advice from Fidel's people in Cuba. The combination of drug cartels operating in Panama, Peru, Colombia and Bolivia, and excess oil profits in Venezuela, makes revolution and/ or full scale war a genuine possibility. Panama has how many banks now laundering drug money -- is it 50 or 60 or more? China is also a major player in the entire region supplying arms to revolutionaries and jet fighters to dictators.


14 posted on 01/25/2005 11:35:11 AM PST by ex-Texan (Ahem, Uh Huh, Cough, Cough !)
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To: Calpernia

Thanks for the ping!


15 posted on 01/25/2005 11:38:09 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: superiorslots
"If you think illegal immigration is bad now wait until hell breaks loose south of the border. Of course the liberals will want to save all the refugees by welcoming them into this country." - Superiorslots

100%Correct... No non-combatant is going to stay where their life (all that many of them really do have, in the grand scheme of things anyway) is in danger from all sides - alliances down there change more often than the phases of the moon.

When you are caught in the middle and the bullets are coming from every direction, you don't ask who is firing them, you just want to get the h*ll out of the field of fire. The US will be the first place to which they run.

In my observations and experience with most factions down there, acceptable "collateral damage" has no limit... It is a "whatever happens, happens - they shouldn't have been in the way" mentality.

Yes... If (when) the SHTF down there, get ready for another influx.

Regards,
Raven6

16 posted on 01/25/2005 11:40:45 AM PST by Raven6
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To: fella; monkeywrench

Chavez has also ordered one naval vessel and 20 patrol boats from Spain. Zapatero is touring Latin America this week, visiting his buds Lula, Kirchner and Lagos, and was going to visit Chavez to finalize the contract. However, Colombia objected to the visit, and since Uribe is going to make an official visit to Spain soon, ZP agreed not to cause a diplomatic incident by going to visit Chavez.

First of all, I'll bet he visits him anyway. Secondly, he's not cancelling the contract, and VZ is getting its naval vessels. Chavez is arming.


17 posted on 01/25/2005 11:43:48 AM PST by livius
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To: Kitten Festival

Ping - I'm supposed to go to Caracas this summer for a conference. Might re-think that now.


18 posted on 01/25/2005 11:44:34 AM PST by transhumanist (Science must trump superstition)
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To: livius

Thanks! You're always so helpful. :)


19 posted on 01/25/2005 11:52:28 AM PST by monkeywrench
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To: fella

I wonder what we're doing about it. Condi's going to have her hands full.


20 posted on 01/25/2005 11:55:12 AM PST by monkeywrench
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To: Kitten Festival
Call me a cold-blooded afficionado of Realpolitik with a Machiavellian streak, but I say we fan the flames of war and chaos, while moving our law enforcement assets to blockade/secure our borders against the inevitable influx of refugees.

Send no American peackeepers, no food relief, nothing.

Why? Because a ruinous, fratricidal war in Latin America over ideology would, given a sufficient level of ruthlessness, ferocity, and inhumanity, eventually show the survivors, in no uncertain terms, the folly and idiocy of adhering to aggressive, fanatical ideologies.

It worked with the Japanese and the Germans after WW2, as well as with the French after the Napoleonic Wars, and it will work with these so-called "Bolivarians" when their cities and farms have been turned to ashes.

21 posted on 01/25/2005 4:46:43 PM PST by FierceDraka (The Democratic Party - Aiding and Abetting The Enemies of America Since 1968)
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To: fella

Some of those 50 ton "cultivators" are really impressive.


22 posted on 01/25/2005 5:10:11 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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