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More Facts Uncovered in Chavez - Al Qaeda Collaboration
Militares Democraticos ^ | 1/5/03 | By Luis Garcia, in Miami

Posted on 01/05/2003 9:39:18 AM PST by shanec

More Facts Uncovered in Chavez - Al Qaeda Collaboration

Major Juan Diaz Castillo:
Planned $1M support for
Al Qaeda, then defected

By Luis Garcia, in Miami

Whistle-blower Major Juan Diaz Castillo, pilot of the Venezuelan Airforce One, revealed more details of how president Hugo Chavez supported Al Qaeda in the aftermath of 9/11. In statements to the press in Miami Saturday, the defector shed new light on the terrorist support network recently uncovered in the highest level of the Venezuelan government.

Major Juan Diaz Castillo, Chavez's personal pilot, was assigned the job of planning the delivery of the $1 million collaboration to the terrorist group. Now an active member of the country's resistance movement, he is today revealing details of the transfer and of other subversive acts carried out in the name of Chavez's so called "Bolivarian Revolution".

" - They are criminals and killers," he lambasts the inner circle of Chavez cohorts. And he is not afraid of naming names: "The job was given to me by Hugo Chavez. I coordinated with current Interior Minister Diosdado Cabello, then Interior Minister Luis Alfonso Davila, and the current Vice President (then Defense Minister) Jose Vicente Rangel. When we determined the difficulty of sending three Hercules C-130 transport planes to Afghanistan, Diosdado Cabello decided to send cash instead.

" - In the last week of September, 2001, one million U.S. dollars was transferred to Dr Walter Marquez, Venezuela's representative for the region. Of that amount, one hundred thousand was used for food and clothing for the Taliban government, and the remaining nine hundred thousand dollars went to the Taliban in cash, with the understanding that it was to support the Al Qaeda terrorists in their relocation efforts."

Cuban involvement: "Chavez is Castro's puppet"

Asked why Chavez would support Al Qaeda, the high-level military defector offered two explanations.

" - First of all, Chavez had for a long time wanted a direct line of communication with Al Qaeda. He had asked Libya for that, but with no success. Then came 9/11 and Chavez was impressed," remembers the pilot of the presidential airplane.

" - Second, Chavez looks up to Fidel Castro. The Cuban dictator has collaborated with terrorist groups for years. Chavez emulates Fidel Casto. It sounds bizarre, but Chavez is a bizarre man. He was already starting to go off the rails in 2001, and he wanted direct contacts to all the major terror groups in the world."

According to Diaz Castillo, Chavez depends on Fidel Castro's advice in governing Venezuela. The pilot revealed that during the last four years, roughly 4,000 Venezuelans have been receiving military and intelligence training in Cuba.

The Cuban communist dictator assists Venezuela's embattled crypto-communist in holding onto power, at whatever cost, because Cuba depends on Venezuela's oil billions to stay afloat. Earlier this year, Fidel Castro said that "for the Cuban revolution to survive, it is necessary for the Bolivarian revolution to survive," in reference to Chavez's Marxist experiment.

Diaz Castillo also documented illegal weapons smuggling from Cuba to Venezuela, a charge which General Nestor Gonzalez Gonzalez of Venezuela's army also leveled against the Chavez administration. The weapons arrive in huge quanties "by boat and by air", from Cuba, even using boats from the stateowned Ferrominera del Orinoco company. Via the Orinoco river, some of these weapons are then shipped directly to the Colombian terrorist organizations, FARC and ELN.

Chavez has a direct line of communications with Castro, and every time there are serious problems in Venezuela, the two get together in secret meetings in Margarita Island or the La Orchila presidential retreat, a sinister island fortress in the Caribbean which is off-limits to the public. They also meet in Cuba.

" - Chavez constantly shuttles to Havana, undercover. Usually after midnight, and returning to Caracas at noon," revealed his former personal pilot.

" - Chavez is Castro's puppet."

After an attempt was made on his life December 16 by Chavez's secret service, friends in the resistance movement smuggled major Diaz Castillo out of the country in the hull of a fishing boat. Now in safety abroad, he is not afraid to reveal what really goes on in the Chavez administration and how Chavez rewarded Al Qaeda with $1M in the weeks after 9/11.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; castro; chavez; columbia; columbian; cuban; eln; farc; fidelcastro; gaddafi; hugochavez; iraq; latinamericalist; libya; saddam; taliban; venezuela; venezuelan
I spent a lot of time with Major Castillo last month at the Altamira Plaza in Caracas, along with the other top Venezuelan officers who have left Chavez recently. I found them to be men of integrity who are deeply concerned about the fate of their country under the Chavez regime and they have put their lives on the line to expose the abuses of it. They, IMO, need to be heard far & wide. (See my first posting on FR from down there here.)

More on why what happens in Venezuela should matter to us here in the USA, well beyond just stable oil supplies, is also here at these recent FR posts of articles direct from Chavez top military officers who have recently left him in protest of his actions/plans/goals. They know what's really going on, from the inside, and are now telling all...

9/11: Chavez financed Al Qaeda, details of $1M donation emerge

Terror Threat from Venezuela: Al Queda Involved

Chavez bio-weapons lab in Venezuela for Saddam and Castro

And, still more direct from a new english version of their own web site by clicking this banner below...


1 posted on 01/05/2003 9:39:18 AM PST by shanec
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To: Carry_Okie; livius; cocopuff; HAL9000; Cincinatus' Wife; Tailgunner Joe
2 posted on 01/05/2003 9:40:25 AM PST by shanec
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To: support venezuela; marron; MJY1288; Dog Gone; fella; okie01
3 posted on 01/05/2003 9:41:50 AM PST by shanec
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To: shanec
This Marxist is a clear and present danger to the hemisphere.

While I understand the damage to the constitutional process that would have resulted, I wish the coup plotters in April would have given him a lead injection.

4 posted on 01/05/2003 9:43:29 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
I wish the coup plotters in April would have given him a lead injection.

The next one should be an enema.

IIRC, one of them stopped Chavez from committing suicide.

5 posted on 01/05/2003 9:47:16 AM PST by Carry_Okie
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To: shanec
Thank you, good post. There's no doubt that Chavez is a Communist tyrant, although fortunately he seems to be a singularly stupid and erratic one. But one shouldn't take too much comfort from that, since many of the worst tyrants in history have been weak, fearful, and stupid. If there's any way for the CIA to help Venezuelans to oust him, I hope they will do it.

On the other hand, Lula of Brazil is said to have split with Castro. I don't know if that's true or not. In any case, it's clear that Chavez must go.
6 posted on 01/05/2003 9:47:40 AM PST by Cicero
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To: Dog Gone
Time for someone to give him that lead overdose, or a Tomahawk enema.
7 posted on 01/05/2003 9:48:17 AM PST by 11B3
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To: 11B3; FBDinNJ; Crusader21stCentury; Miss Marple; Howlin; Poohbah; section9; Dog; ...
ding, dong
8 posted on 01/05/2003 9:51:20 AM PST by shanec
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To: shanec
Our Administration needs to put Chavez on The List!
9 posted on 01/05/2003 9:57:04 AM PST by Gritty
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To: Carry_Okie
IIRC, one of them stopped Chavez from committing suicide.

Hey, I had forgotten that. You're right.

Man, what a lost opportunity.

10 posted on 01/05/2003 9:58:58 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: shanec
Chavez Sympathizers March to Protest Killings
Sun January 5, 2003 12:50 PM ET
By Patrick Markey

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Thousands of sympathizers of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez marched in Caracas on Sunday to protest the fatal shooting of two men in clashes that occurred during a protracted opposition strike against the leftist leader.

Waving banners and demanding justice, pro-Chavez demonstrators mobbed a funeral procession for the victims as the vice president and other government officials helped carry a coffin draped in a Venezuelan national flag.

Government officials blamed police for the deaths on Friday in chaotic street clashes involving rival pro-Chavez and opposition protesters, troops and police. Opposition leaders blame militant Chavez supporters for opening fire.

"The function of the police is not to kill people, but to protect the lives of citizens," Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel told reporters on Sunday.

Two police officers were also wounded on late on Saturday when Chavez sympathizers fired on them outside the funeral home where mourners were holding a mass for the two victims, police said. The metropolitan police is controlled by the Caracas mayor, a bitter political enemy of Chavez.

11 posted on 01/05/2003 10:13:30 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Gritty
what, the Predator AUAV hit-list?
I'd like that.
12 posted on 01/05/2003 10:14:37 AM PST by demosthenes the elder
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To: Dog Gone
a lead injection.

950 fps or 3000 fps???

13 posted on 01/05/2003 10:23:11 AM PST by ninenot
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To: Dog Gone
Yes, it was Army Brigadier General Néstor González González, see him here, 13th down on that list of protesting Venezuelan officers there.

He related, with much regret because now his head is on the block for opposing Chavez, the following story to me in Caracas last month:

"On the eve of April 11 2002, when some of his closest supporters turned against him, Chavez took out his gun and put it in his mouth. I struggled with him, yelled "Hugo, don't do that", and finally managed to wrestle the gun away from him. Today, I regret that I did not let him pull the trigger."


14 posted on 01/05/2003 10:29:22 AM PST by shanec
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To: *Latin_America_List
15 posted on 01/05/2003 10:35:37 AM PST by Free the USA
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To: shanec
What a shame. It already would have saved lives in Venezuela.
16 posted on 01/05/2003 10:40:29 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Carry_Okie; livius; cocopuff; HAL9000; Cincinatus' Wife; Tailgunner Joe; support venezuela; ...
The following is the result of the above media interviews yesterday. -Shane

Chavez Under Fire For Al Qaeda Financing

Chavez / Al Qaeda connection:
front page news in Venezuela

All over Venezuela, ordinary voters are outraged by the latest proof of terrorist connections between their country's ruler Hugo Chavez and Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden's global terrorist network.

Sunday, the nation awoke to find the scandal top news in all states.

"Financing of terrorists", screamed the huge headline of La Voz, from Miranda state. In Aragua state, El Siglo announced on its front page that "Chavez gave one million dollars to Al Qaeda". And in Carabobo state, Notitarde came out with an "Edicion Extraordinaria", a special edition, which was headlined: "Chavez gave 900 thousand dollars to Bin Laden's terrorist network". The paper referred to the $900,000 in cash for Al Qaeda and later mentioned the additional $100,000 in food and tents for the Taliban, for a total of one million in assistance. El Nacional, in Caracas, reported that the records of the investigation will be shared with the U.S. State Department in its fight against international terrorism and rogue states sponsoring terrorism.

Faced with the proof of his Al Qaeda financing, Hugo Chavez has so far maintained a complete silence. The "no comment" order extends to his entire inner circle: None of his other collaborators named in the Al Qaeda files have yet commented either. This curious silence follows the pattern of the 9/11 aftermath, when he vanished from sight for days and was the last Latin leader to make a statement.

But to the nation's press, the Chavez / Al Qaeda connection is front page news, and the embattled leader is drawing fire for not wanting to face his actions.

" - Zany dictator Hugo Chavez has really gone off the rails this time," said Caracas street vendor Felipe Lopez, 28, while studying the documentation published by dozens of the country's newspapers.

"Dictatorial thugs like Hugo Chavez are dangerous to his own people and to the rest of the world."

Desperate for change, voters have renewed their call for free and democratic elections. Hugo Chavez, showing his dictatorial streak, has publicly announced that he will not call elections anytime soon, that he will not finance such elections, and in the event that elections were to be held anyway, he will not abide by their outcome.

Soledad Bravo, a popular Venezuelan folk singer and former Chavez supporter, distanced herself from the strongman, and urged the world to act:

" - Freeing ourselves from Chavez is our duty to history."

17 posted on 01/05/2003 10:53:01 AM PST by shanec
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To: shanec
I'm glad to see the Venezuelan press is covering this.
18 posted on 01/05/2003 10:57:15 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
This is very big stuff, IMO, and could be beginning of the end for Chavez if kept flamed up there and, especially, if it catches on in press here. Got more coming, too, from additional Chavez insiders to add fuel to the fire, some of it'll be "nitro"! Just got to time it right so those carrying the fuel don't get burned, too.


19 posted on 01/05/2003 11:02:31 AM PST by shanec
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To: shanec
(Chavez)If you aid, support terrorism, than you're as guilty as the terrorists!!!! If this is True, You(Chavez) must cease to be on the world stage and be brought to Criminal Justice!!!!
20 posted on 01/05/2003 11:02:43 AM PST by Defender2
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To: shanec
...president Hugo Chavez supported Al Qaeda in the aftermath of 9/11.

....and the Clinton machine supported Chavez -- helped in electing him.

21 posted on 01/05/2003 11:11:36 AM PST by FreeReign
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22 posted on 01/05/2003 11:20:59 AM PST by madfly
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To: shanec
Sounds like Chavez and Castro are both about to get ON THE LIST.
23 posted on 01/05/2003 11:27:16 AM PST by Centurion2000
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To: madfly
Thanks bump.
24 posted on 01/05/2003 11:53:06 AM PST by facedown
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To: shanec

Sympathizers of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez carry the flag draped coffins of Oscar Gomez Aponte and Jairo Gregorio Moran, who were killed during political clashes, at a funeral procession in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003. (AP Photo/Howard Yanes)

Taking lessons from Arafat.

25 posted on 01/05/2003 12:36:41 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: shanec
What did Bush say about countries that harbor and abet terrorists?
26 posted on 01/05/2003 12:55:06 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: shanec
Thanks for the ping. This is a very frustrating moment. I don't want violence to break out in Venezuela (because Chavez still controls much of the Army, and it would be a slaughter), but something has got to happen soon.

I devoutly wish that a Tomahawk would land on Chavez' head. Letting things drag on makes them worse, rather than better, because the bad guys dig in and then they become a status quo situation that nobody feels they have the right to change (witness Fidel).
27 posted on 01/05/2003 1:17:04 PM PST by livius
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To: All
This going up on shortly...

Chavez in Hiding: Will Not Explain $1M Al Qaeda Financing

In a pattern that closely follows his reaction to 9/11, Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez has gone into hiding rather than face voter outrage over his Al Qaeda connections.

His usual Sunday morning TV-show, Alo Presidente ("Hello President"), did not air. Viewers who expected an explanation of his $1M Al Qaeda support waited impatiently all morning and most of the afternoon, until finally, at 3 PM local time, it was clear that the president was nowhere to be found. The regularly scheduled program, normally a stable feature of Venezuelan TV's Sunday programming, had to be unexpectedly cancelled. It normally features live-in callers asking questions on the air.

" - The Al Qaeda scandal is today's top news in the nations' newspapers. Voters would have demanded answers. Chavez acts like a dictator. But he is really just a coward. And he is afraid of being held democratically accountable for his acts." said opposition leader Enrique Medina Gomez, a general who was part of the Chavez high command but joined the country's resistance movement in protest over Chavez's totalitarian rule and close ties to terrorism.

Chavez, who privately expressed satisfaction over the attacks at the time, allowed his supporters to burn the American flag in a 9/11-celebration in the main square of Caracas, Plaza Bolivar.

28 posted on 01/05/2003 1:37:09 PM PST by shanec
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To: shanec
Awesome!! Thanks Shane.
29 posted on 01/05/2003 2:03:39 PM PST by cocopuff
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To: shanec
Your post leads one to think that, no matter how bad you think it is, its really worse.

This is every bit as important a crisis as the one in the Middle East, or Korea, perhaps more so. Perhaps more so by a factor of 2 or 3.

It is absolutely essential that this guy be taken down and soon. But that by itself is not enough. He has to be taken down by the Venezuelans themselves, there must be no US fingerprints on his demise, and he must be thoroughly discredited, especially in the eyes of his natural followers.

This report, on his Al Qaeda funding, is the knife in the ribs, no US fingerprints, his followers are backing away, this is perfect.

I don't believe the military will fire on the crowds. In fact, I would guarantee they will not. That is Chavez' problem, that is the reason he established the Circles, to do what his troops will not. That is why he is alledgedly bringing in Cubans in Venezuelan uniforms, to do what his own troops will not.

Venezuelan troops famously slaughtered hundreds of rioters a few years ago, during the food riots, but it is one thing to shoot violent looters, it is another to shoot at a crowd of a million average peaceful Venezuelans. They won't do it. And if the Circles do, and they will, at some point the military will intervene to stop it. The Army would not hesitate to shoot at other military or police units, but not at peaceful civilians.

So I think, at some point, the people are simply going to have to go over the fence, and take him into custody. They will have to be prepared to handle his immediate circle of bodyguards, who may be foreign or certainly hardened.
30 posted on 01/05/2003 2:37:27 PM PST by marron
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Dog Gone; Poohbah; section9; Dog; Miss Marple; Howlin
FYI. Hugo Chavez looks clearly eligible for application of the Bush Doctrine.

The "don't intervene" crowd is conspicuous by their absense.
31 posted on 01/05/2003 2:42:02 PM PST by hchutch
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To: hchutch
Keep the information and documentation coming.
32 posted on 01/05/2003 2:50:21 PM PST by stocksthatgoup
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To: hchutch
Chavez is definitely on that list. I think the Administration strategy is let the Venezuelans solve this themselves if they can. I'm not sure that we wouldn't be a little more forceful if we weren't so preoccupied right now, but I'm not sure of that.

Clearly, it would be better if Chavez is forced to step down rather than for us to take him on directly, at least for now.

If it looks like Chavez is going to be able to break that strike, I think things might change. This time, if the military wants to stage a coup, they should let us get involved. There will be no third chance for Chavez.

33 posted on 01/05/2003 3:32:58 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Tailgunner Joe
34 posted on 01/05/2003 9:35:48 PM PST by weikel
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To: Cicero
Nuke 'em. Make Caracas glow!
35 posted on 01/06/2003 6:22:08 AM PST by Austin Willard Wright
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To: Austin Willard Wright
"Nuke 'em. Make Caracas glow! "

No, we need to be a little more selective as we do not want to wipe out the 'good guys', which is the overwhelming majority there.

We could hope here in the USA for no better allies than the Venezuelan people.

According to the just published 2002 Global Attitudes Survey by the Pew Research Center in Washington; 82% have a favorable opinion of the USA, and that is amongst the highest ratings of all the 44 countries surveyed! And, in regard to supporting the US led war on terrorism, 79% favor it while only 20% oppose it! (What's the %'s for/against for that question in the USA right now?!?)

Clearly, no country in South America holds more promise for being a strong and effective ally and supporter of the USA, perhaps none better in this entire Hemisphere, *when* Chavez is gone and remnants of his regime are fully rooted out.

Also, though, there is no current government in this hemisphere that is a more "Clear & Present Danger" to the USA with the continuation and expansion of Hugo Chavez's goals & plans!


36 posted on 01/06/2003 7:29:28 AM PST by shanec
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To: shanec
Is there any damn way to enforce the embargo to Cuba?
Do not permit those boats that leave Venezuela of ever reaching Cuba!!!!
37 posted on 01/06/2003 11:59:36 AM PST by support venezuela
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To: shanec
38 posted on 01/06/2003 12:21:22 PM PST by Marysecretary
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To: Austin Willard Wright
Hey Dude, that is not the way to look at this situation. I know a lot of people from Venezuela and I have traveled there as recently as October 02. You are not going to find a nicer group of people on this earth. There is a political problem in Venezuela and if the opposition maintains its resolve it will be solved (Peacefully? I am not sure). In talking with friends, I have been told that Venezuelans have paid little attention to politics, but this Chavez situation has demonstrated the importance of issues and who is voted into office. If Chavez leaves office, a new leader with more democratic ideals will be demanded by the Venezuelan people.
39 posted on 01/08/2003 6:37:45 AM PST by GWB00
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To: GWB00
I was not serious. I was trying to illustrate the double standard which prevails here. Many Freepers have called for nuking Mecca (i.e. killing babies on a massive scale) and few people object. In my view, killing babies is wrong whether it is in Caracas or Mecca.

As to Venezuela, I think you are right. The problem will indeed be solved in the Venezuelians are left alone to solve it.

40 posted on 01/08/2003 8:17:51 AM PST by Austin Willard Wright
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To: cypothecus
Your perpective of the truth maybe different than mine. I do not call the arrest of the Ferrecamaras leader and the Labor leader "democratic" Also, I have an associate in Venezuela who told me that no child under 18 is permitted to leave the country. You are seeing the roots of a democratically elected president slowing becoming a dictator.
42 posted on 02/27/2003 5:15:28 AM PST by GWB00
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To: Dog Gone; Poohbah
Well, a lot depends right now. Chavez crossed a big, bright line with the embassy bombings on Tuesday. Attacks on embassies are acts of war, and if Spain and Colombia decide to act accordingly, then Chavez may have problems.
43 posted on 02/27/2003 5:45:59 AM PST by hchutch ("Last suckers crossed, Syndicate shot'em up" - Ice-T, "I'm Your Pusher")
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