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La vida loca

By Owen Paine on Wednesday March 5, 2008 01:04 PM

Hugo vs Uribe is getting more serious.

As we watch the post-texas two-step identity-pol cluster-fluster, maybe uncle's pawn is preparing a crisis.

Uribe's official death squadristi crossed the Ecuadorian border this past Saturday after FARC, and lo and behold, 'discovered':

"computer documents recovered in Saturday's cross-border raid [which] revealed that Chavez had given more than $300 million to the FARC, the Marxist insurgency that has battled the Colombian government for more than 40 years.... Uribe announced that he will ask the International Criminal Court to bring genocide charges against Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, whom he has accused of sympathizing with the rebel group."

Raul Reyes, FARC commandante, is now dead. The raid seems to have been a doublecross as well as a border-cross. Washpost graph:

"The FARC released a statement Tuesday saying that Reyes was killed while trying to arrange -- through Chavez -- a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss the possible release of Betancourt, who is said to be ill. Correa contended during his televised address that Colombia's attack disrupted late-stage discussions to release 12 hostages."

Comments (5)


300 millions of hugo's oil dollars
for a dirty red a-bomb

those infernal crack pedlars !!!!

David D:

The old double border cross, the guy on the trillion dollar bill invented that one.

Michael Hureaux:

The only thing that never changes in the midst of all this is the left's naivite about the games United States imperialism plays. No matter how loudly Obama clangs the imperial drum, the sleep goes on and on.


"Predictably, Uribe engaged in an almost surreal effort to re-create the atmosphere of the build-up to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. The smoking gun was Reyes' laptop, reportedly recovered at the scene. Head of Colombia's National Police, Gen. Oscar Naranjo alleged that the FARC had been plotting to get uranium for a dirty bomb: "When they mention negotiations for 50 kilos of uranium, this means that the FARC are taking big steps in the world of terrorism to become a global aggressor. We're not talking of domestic guerrillas but transnational terrorism." On March 4, the Colombian government announced that the FARC was building a dirty bomb. All of this would seem to be a transparent attempt to convince the U.S. government and the rest of the world that the incident-and the region-can be neatly slotted into the global "war on terror."

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