[Marxism] FW: Colombia and Venezuela Rattle Their Sabres: Uribe's Parting Shot

Richard Fidler rfidler_8 at sympatico.ca
Thu Aug 5 12:10:34 MDT 2010


 

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 399 .... August 5, 2010
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Colombia and Venezuela Rattle Their Sabres
Uribe's Parting Shot

Jeffery R. Webber

Outgoing Colombian President, Álvaro Uribe, dropped a figurative
bomb in the Andes on Thursday, July 22, just weeks before the
scheduled inauguration of President-elect Juan Manuel Santos,
Uribe's former Defence Minister. At the behest of Bogotá, an
extraordinary session of the Permanent Council of the
Organization of American States (OAS) was convened to hear
Colombia's accusations that there are “1,500 guerrillas and
dozens of encampments of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) in
Venezuela,” both groups deemed to be "terrorist" organizations by
Colombia and the United States.

In response, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez -- flanked by
visiting Argentine soccer sensation and leftist celebrity, Diego
Maradona -- announced on Venezuelan television that he had cut
all diplomatic relations with Colombia. 

The Venezuelan embassy in Bogotá was closed and Colombian
diplomats in Caracas were given 72 hours to vacate the country.
The Venezuelan armed forces, particularly those 20,000 troops
stationed along the Colombian-Venezuelan border, were put on
"maximum alert," given the gravity of the accusations levelled
against Venezuela by the Uribe government. Chávez accused Uribe
of using the alleged guerrilla encampments as a pretext to bring
the two countries to war. 

Luis Alfonso Hoyos, the Colombian Ambassador to the OAS, demanded
that Venezuela allow an international team of inspectors into its
territory to investigate the supposed encampments. "In the name
of dignity," Chávez said, "I see it as an obligation to totally
break diplomatic relations with sister Colombia, and this breaks
my heart."

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