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Chavez tied to Colombia rebels
Washington Times ^ | 11/25/2002 | Mike Ceaser

Posted on 11/25/2002 6:59:06 AM PST by hchutch

Edited on 07/12/2004 3:39:27 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

CARACAS, Venezuela Dissident military officers say the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has provided intelligence help and unhindered operations in Venezuelan territory to guerrilla groups fighting the government of neighboring Colombia.

Several of the officers, who recently declared themselves in disobedience and demanded Mr. Chavez's resignation, say the government also has opposed their efforts to combat guerrillas active on Venezuelan territory.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chavez; colombia; farc; terrorists; venezuela
That is it.

Time for Hugo and his parrot to sleep with the fishes.

1 posted on 11/25/2002 6:59:06 AM PST by hchutch
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; JohnHuang2; Poohbah; Miss Marple; Axion; section9; Tailgunner Joe; Dog; Howlin; ..
FYI ping.

First thing to do is to take the AUC *OFF* of our blacklist.

Second thing, start plans for backing a coup in Venezuela.

Third thing, tell Lula da Silva to behave - OR ELSE.
2 posted on 11/25/2002 7:01:32 AM PST by hchutch
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To: hchutch
Where is Otto Reich when you need him?
3 posted on 11/25/2002 7:13:32 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: KC_Conspirator; MLedeen; PhiKapMom
Otto Reich? How about someone like Ollie North or Bill Casey?
4 posted on 11/25/2002 7:15:45 AM PST by hchutch
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To: hchutch
I would take them as well, but at least Otto is serving in the current adminstration.
5 posted on 11/25/2002 7:20:19 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: hchutch
I'm shocked and surprised! - NOT

Castro would like to provide the same amount of support but doesn't have enough money to... thanks to the embargo!!!!

6 posted on 11/25/2002 7:22:35 AM PST by chilepepper
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To: chilepepper
Not so! Chavez has lots of money and Fidelito has the troops to use it. My bet is that Chavez doesn't use Venezuelans to man the anti-Columbian bases but, rather, uses Cubans. If fact, there are probably Cuban special forces trying to destabilize the governments of 3 or 4 countries.

Despite all the pro-Cuba articles (another one this morning in the Dallas Morning News) in our ultra-left wing press, they have not mellowed and turned into passive enemies. The Cuban are processing Arab terrorists through Mexico in to the US and have special forces working against Columbia and any other government that is moving away from socialism. Facts? No, but our government must make these assumptions; it is the only prudent course.

7 posted on 11/25/2002 7:47:33 AM PST by Tacis
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To: Tacis
Yah, but Castro has to keep more troops at home to keep the locals from throwing him out. I live in Chile and have know many people (at least 20 professionals) who have visited Cuba as tourists, as doctors, etc. and the consensus is that the Cuban people would turn on a dime if given half a chance. I've also met a number of Cubans who have been allowed out of the country and most of those, after a few drinks will admit the same thing.

Castro provides what help he can but be certain that Cuba is a big hollow shell held up by Castro's own hot air. Cuban Communism will not survive him, and spends an inordinate amount of effort in maintaining itself afloat. It has less left over than you might think.

8 posted on 11/25/2002 9:35:55 AM PST by chilepepper
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To: hchutch
*** But Gen. Nestor Gonzalez, who until late last year commanded operations in an area along the Colombian frontier, said that in May 2001 his troops detected several guerrilla encampments in Venezuelan territory, but top government officials resisted taking action against them.

"The most pathetic part of the situation was that when Hugo Chavez was advised, he took no measures and asked, 'How can we cohabit with the guerrillas?'" Gen. Gonzalez said. "That for me was unacceptable." Ultimately, Gen. Gonzalez said, he was able to carry out an operation against the guerrillas and the drug plantations they sponsor but still experienced resistance from higher up.

Later, he said, he discovered that agents of the national police service, the DISIP, were working in his region, collecting military information on Colombia and passing it to the guerrillas. "The intelligence organizations put themselves on the side of the guerrillas, and being on the guerrillas' side, they opposed the Colombian army, and we couldn't accept that," Gen. Gonzalez said.***


9 posted on 11/26/2002 5:30:49 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: chilepepper; Poohbah; Congressman Billybob
Hmmm... Cuban Communism will not outlast Fidel, eh?
10 posted on 11/26/2002 5:41:36 AM PST by hchutch
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To: hchutch
they'll try to keep communism afloat in cuba, of course, but it just won't work... the Cubans have suffered long enough and know exactly what the score is. remember that just 90 miles away live their brothers, daughters and relatives under freedom and liberty, so from their relatives they get the truth, also from radio and clandestine television signals from florida

Cubans are a proud folk (deservedly so: all the ones i've met are very talented people) but i think they have just about had enough. when the change comes it will be spectacular, just as it was in eastern europe and in russia.

one needs to remain optimistic and at the same time actively work towards this goal.

11 posted on 11/26/2002 5:53:18 AM PST by chilepepper
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To: Yehuda
The link is so old, it's probably expired.
13 posted on 11/05/2003 5:56:29 AM PST by hchutch ("I don't see what the big deal is, I really don't." - Major Vic Deakins, USAF (ret.))
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