Venezuela v Columbia (and sadly not at football either)

9 11 2009

And guess who Chavez is blaming…  yep, evil Uncle Sam.  Full article at the Telegraph but I’ll highlight the best bits here.

Hugo Chavez tells Venezuela’s military to prepare for possible conflict with Colombia

President Hugo Chavez has ordered Venezuela’s military to prepare for a possible armed conflict with Colombia, saying his country’s soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between the South American neighbours.

Mr Chavez said Venezuela could end up going to war with Colombia as tensions between them rise, and he warned that if a conflict broke out “it could extend throughout the whole continent”.

“The best way to avoid war is preparing for it,” Mr Chavez told military officers during his weekly television and radio program. Venezuela’s socialist leader has also cited a recent deal between Bogota and Washington giving US troops greater access to military bases as a threat to regional stability.

There was no immediate reaction from either the Colombian or US government, but in the past they have denied intentions to start a war with Venezuela and said the base deal is needed to fight the war on drugs and insurgents in Colombia, which is a major cocaine producer struggling with a decades-old internal conflict.

Tensions along the Venezuela-Colombia border have been exacerbated in recent weeks by a series of shootings and slayings.

Four men on motorcycles shot and killed two Venezuelan National Guard troops at a checkpoint near the border in Venezuela’s western Tachira state last week, prompting Chavez’s government to temporarily close some border crossings.

And last month, Venezuelan authorities arrested at least 10 people in Tachira alleging involvement in paramilitary groups. The bullet-ridden bodies of 11 men, nine of them Colombians, were also found last month in Tachira after being abducted from a soccer field.

The violence prompted Venezuela to send 15,000 soldiers to the border with Colombia on Thursday. Officials said the build-up was necessary to increase security along the border.

Scary shit huh?  War on drugs, another multi-billion $cam, another reason to hike up the tax bill and fill up prisons.  All these different wars our Governments create, Terror, Drugs, Crime and even smoking and eating for Christ sake, all it does is create more oppotuinities for us to be ripped off.  Thieving bastards, at least Dick Turpin met you half-way and made an effort, these modern day crooks force us to hand over our readies through fear of imprisonment.

If a battle commences in South America, it’ll be bloody, that is for sure.  They don’t fuck about and then there is the Cartels in the mix, and some of those groups are armed to the teeth.  Seems everywhere on the planet is on edge at the moment, can’t Richard Branson hurry up with the Spaceship to get me off this crazy rock!?!

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