threat of war or just the usual bluster?: Washington's
bases in Colombia raise hackles down south.
for War … Colombia Now in U.S. Hands'
world is infected with a viral disease by which the most powerful use the most
terrible violence against the most vulnerable … We were always cautious about
the triumph of Obama; early on we began to realize the truth - that imperial rule
there is alive and more menacing than ever."
-- Venezuela President
Translated By Barbara
November 10, 2009
Venezuela - Ultimas Noticias - Original Article
President Hugo Chavez called
on the military and civilians who support him to prepare for war, and warned
the governments of Colombia and the United States that Venezuelans are "ready
Chavez made the stark warning
after endorsing former President Fidel Castro's statement that the United
States had annexed Colombia with the treaty that permits U.S. troops to use
military bases in the South American country.
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"You'd better not take a
wrong turn, because we (Venezuelans) are ready for anything" Chavez
remarked, implicitly rejecting an offer by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio da
Silva, to try and negotiate with the leader of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe.
Beforehand, with a cry of, "Motherland,
Socialism or Death!," Chavez ordered the members of the Bolivarian Armed
Forces to "prepare for war as the best way of preventing it."
"This world is infected
with a viral disease by which the most powerful use the most terrible violence against
the most vulnerable," Chavez said, asserting that, "many people have
had illusions" of change in the United States with the arrival of Obama to
"We were always cautious
about the triumph of President Obama; early on we began to realize the truth -
that imperial rule there is alive and more menacing than ever."
"One must talk to the
master, and so I say to the president (Obama): don’t take a wrong turn and launch
an aggression against Venezuela by using Colombia," asserted the
Venezuelan head of state on his Sunday radio and TV program, Alo Presidente.
Chavez tells his people to 'prepare for war' with Colombia
the U.S., during his weekly radio and TV show, Hello, President.
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Although Chavez didn't explicitly
allude to Lula's plea for a reconciliation with Uribe, he emphasized that the
Brazilian president said in the United Kingdom recently that, "all we have
seen from Obama is the coup in Honduras and the seven military bases" that
the Colombians have made available to U.S. soldiers.
The government of Colombian "has
been transferred to the United States. This is something that must be known, because
as lamentable and painful as it is, it's true." But he said insistently, "Colombia
delivered itself [into the hands of the U.S.] - not the people but the
government … the oligarchy, and without shame or anything. Previously they at
least put on a mask. But now they don’t even bother."
Chavez opined that the treaty
between Bogota and Washington would in fact, if not in words, make Colombia "another
state of the union" and that, "it is an agreement that definitely
violates the Constitution of Colombia, Colombian law and international law -
and that the chief culprit is there, in the United States."
"The two governments
have joined together in order to lie to the world, to try and lie to the world."
Chavez then said, "Therefore, gentleman and fellow soldiers, let us not
lose even a single day in fulfilling our primary mission: to prepare ourselves
for war and to help the people prepare for war, because that is the
responsibility of all of us."
military officers leave Colombia's Foreign Ministry building after U.S.
William Brownfield, along with Colombian ministers, signed a
which, among other things, allows the U.S. to operate seven military
on Colombian territory, Oct. 30.
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"The filthy ones are the
fifth column, and as we know they are stateless, as are the Colombian oligarchs"
he said, exhorting military leaders to "waste no time" on them and
concentrate on other areas.
"We must form militia
groups and train them. The students of the revolution, who are the majority,
the workers, the women and everyone, are ready to defend this sacred homeland
that is called Venezuela," Chavez concluded.
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