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Chavez vows revenge for Falklands war
The Sunday Times Online (UK) ^ | September 2, 2007 | Martin Arostegui

Posted on 09/02/2007 1:51:41 PM PDT by Jeff Head

In a new outburst of antiwestern sabre-rattling, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has threatened Britain with “revenge” for the Falklands war of 1982. The belligerent Latin American leftist warned last week that his recent build-up of sophisticated Russian and Iranian weapons would be used to destroy the British fleet if it attempted to return to the South Atlantic.

Speaking on his weekly television show Alo Presidente (Hello, Mr President), Chavez denounced what he described as Britain’s “illegal occupation” of the Falklands and repeated his call for a regional military alliance against Britain and the United States.

“If we had been united in the last war, we could have stopped the old empire,” Chavez said, as he gesticulated to maps showing how Venezuelan aircraft and submarines would intercept British warships. “Today we could sink the British fleet.”

Chavez has often expressed support for Argentina’s claim to the Falklands, but his latest broadside was notable for both its antiBritish vitriol and its unprecedented threats. He declared that British history was “stained with the blood of South America’s indigenous people” and demanded revenge for the “cowardly” sinking of the General Belgrano, the Argentine cruiser.

Western diplomats have long grown used to harangues from Chavez, who announced this weekend that he would negotiate with guerrillas holding dozens of hostages in Colombia, including three US contractors and Ingrid Betancourt, a French-Colombian abducted as she campaigned for president in 2002. But US and British officials have recently become more concerned by his willingness to lavish billions of dollars from Venezuela’s soaring oil income on military capabilities.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
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321 posted on 09/06/2007 6:44:30 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: JasonC

HMS Queen Elizabeth scheduled to enter service in 2014

Defence secretary Des Browne confirmed the £3.8bn order for the two carriers on 25 July 2007.

322 posted on 09/07/2007 1:56:28 AM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: Steve Van Doorn
Yes I know. Now they just have to actually pay year after year for 7 to 9 years, to get a navy air capability back. For the CVFs and for the JSFs.
323 posted on 09/07/2007 5:17:00 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: UKrepublican

Go Hugo, Go Hugo, Go Hugo, Go Hugo, Go Hugo..............

324 posted on 09/07/2007 5:25:54 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (No tap dancing allowed in this restroom facility)
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To: ran20

A juvenile Ahmadinejad...the sore festers. Pus that does not drain will not heal.

325 posted on 04/04/2010 12:11:02 AM PDT by Atchafalaya (Atchafalaya Basin; when you're there , thats the best)
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