Archive for September 22nd, 2004

Chavez puts on show at the border, but we can’t be fooled

September 22, 2004


President Hugo Chavez shows up today at the border region, dressed in military fatigues which is illegal, to the place where the killings took place last week saying “the Armed Forces should be concerned”, saying that “Colombia is being irresponsible” and that he will “strengthen the military component”, “creating training centers” and buying equipment. He also states he is not a friend of the Colombian guerilla group the FARC. Chavez says that his Government will not allow “irregular groups to come into and live in Venezuela, “no matter where they come from”.


The problem is that we have all seen this movie before in 2000 and 2001, when similar incidents took place and Generals who have now been ostracized and even persecuted by Chávez, were making the same charges about the lack of attention to the border region. In these set of documents, General Gonzalez Gonzalez, today a fugitive, writes a memo to the President himself telling him that there are both guerrilla and paramilitary forces in the border region, coca plantations and asking for a battalion to be able to control the area.  


Gral. Gonzalez also asks in these documents for establishing two bases for the protection of the border, as well as carrying out operations to clean up the border area. The documents include pictures of the irregular group camps and Chavez with the General himself.


 


These particular documents are from 2001 and since then, nothing of what was recommended in them has been done. So those charges that have been made that the accusations are false are nothing but a smokescreen to hide the truth, in a country with a very short memory. The truth is that Chavez has had a policy of “live and let live” with the FARC that is now coming back to haunt him trough the death of at least six Venezuelans. So we have seen this movie and the show before, it is all grandstanding, but we don’t forget, even if we did not have a blog then.

Puzzling statements from Vice-President Rangel

September 22, 2004

Strange statements from Vice-President Rangel today which to me imply that there is something more than meets the eye in the whole border incident in which five military and one PDVSA worker were killed. It also appears to confirm that the reason Chavze did not travel has something to do with the border incident.


While the Minister of Defense keeps saying that either paramilitary or drug smugglers are responsible for the killings, besides the Colombian Government saying the other day that it was the guerilla, now the Venezuelan investigative police said the same thing, even naming the front of the FARC guerrillas that they suspected (the seventh front). But now the Vice-President comes out and says that the Cabinet backs all of the actions Chavez ahs taken on the issue, as if someone expected them to do otherwise, so why clarify it?


 


Rangel claims that the statements by the CIPC representative were manipulated, but I heard them and it is exactly what the press has reported. Rangel says that the whole thing is being investigated, but it was his own Minister of Defense who from minute one has been saying that it was not the guerrilla, so he should have waited before making such a strong statement too. Rangel also denied that there was unhappiness within the Armed Forces about the incident, which eh did not have to deny, but is certainly confirming with his statements.


 


The truth is that Chávez has had a lax policy towards the FARC that may come back to haunt him in the FARC decides that he is trying to contain them at the border and restrict their movement. It is also true that the military finds this contradictory with what they have been taught for decades in their military training. Thus, many officers can’t be too happy about the deaths of young soldiers or the attempts to say, right off the bat, that the guerilla were not involved, even before any investigations are carried out.

Puzzling statements from Vice-President Rangel

September 22, 2004

Strange statements from Vice-President Rangel today which to me imply that there is something more than meets the eye in the whole border incident in which five military and one PDVSA worker were killed. It also appears to confirm that the reason Chavze did not travel has something to do with the border incident.


While the Minister of Defense keeps saying that either paramilitary or drug smugglers are responsible for the killings, besides the Colombian Government saying the other day that it was the guerilla, now the Venezuelan investigative police said the same thing, even naming the front of the FARC guerrillas that they suspected (the seventh front). But now the Vice-President comes out and says that the Cabinet backs all of the actions Chavez ahs taken on the issue, as if someone expected them to do otherwise, so why clarify it?


 


Rangel claims that the statements by the CIPC representative were manipulated, but I heard them and it is exactly what the press has reported. Rangel says that the whole thing is being investigated, but it was his own Minister of Defense who from minute one has been saying that it was not the guerrilla, so he should have waited before making such a strong statement too. Rangel also denied that there was unhappiness within the Armed Forces about the incident, which eh did not have to deny, but is certainly confirming with his statements.


 


The truth is that Chávez has had a lax policy towards the FARC that may come back to haunt him in the FARC decides that he is trying to contain them at the border and restrict their movement. It is also true that the military finds this contradictory with what they have been taught for decades in their military training. Thus, many officers can’t be too happy about the deaths of young soldiers or the attempts to say, right off the bat, that the guerilla were not involved, even before any investigations are carried out.

A Venezuelan is the candidate for VP for the Green Party in the US

September 22, 2004

Descifrado finally picked up on the fact that Venezuelan (and second cousin) Peter Camejo was chosen by Ralph Nader as his Vice Presidential candidate in the upcoming US presidential election. In fact, it is not his first time; Camejo has run for Senator in Massachusetts (74?) for the Socialist Workers Party, as well as for President of the US for the same party (76?). He was a candidate for the Green party for the Governorship of California after Gov. Davies was recalled. While the press calls him “of Venezuelan origin”, he participated with his father in the Olympic Games representing Venezuela.


It is interesting that in his interview with Descifrado, he says that if he had stayed in Venezuela he would have been a leftist politician, mentioning Petkoff and Pablo Medina, but not Chavez. Sen. Kerry is trying to block the candidacy of Nader and Camejo in many states so that they dn’t take votes away from him.

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