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Subject: [cia-drugs] South America on brink of war
South America on brink of war
By Martin Arostegui
March 3, 2008
police officers stand guard today at the international bridge Simon
Bolivar in Cucuta, department of Norte de Santander, Colombia in the
border with Venezuela. Venezuela and Ecuador moved troops to their
borders with Colombia and engaged in a war of words following
Colombia's anti-guerrilla raid Saturday into Ecuador.
SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — South America was on the brink
of war yesterday as Venezuela and Ecuador amassed troops on the
Colombian border in response to the killing of a Marxist rebel leader.
President Hugo Chavez threatened to join the rebels in a war to
overthrow hard-line Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a key ally of the
United States, deploying tanks, fighter jets and thousands of troops
along the Colombian border.
Ecuadorean President Rafael
Correa also ordered troops to the border, expelled Colombia's
ambassador and recalled its ambassador to Bogota, but left its embassy
open. Venezuela closed its embassy in Colombia and ordered all
A weekend battle sparked the mobilization, in
which Colombian forces killed a top leader of the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia (FARC), in a camp in Ecuador.
obsessive conduct of those who prize the military option sharpens the
armed conflict with grave possible consequences" read a statement from
Venezuela's Foreign Ministry after the weekend killing of FARC's second
in command, Raul Reyes.
On his weekly Sunday talk show "Hello
President," Mr. Chavez accused Colombia of "invading" Ecuador, and
compared the action to Israeli attacks against Palestinians.
Colombian government has become the Israel of Latin America," Mr.
Chavez said. He called Colombia a "terrorist" state and its president,
Mr. Uribe, a criminal; "Dracula's fangs are covered in blood."
Correa said Colombia deliberately carried out the strike beyond its
borders. "There is no justification," he said last night, snubbing an
earlier announcement from Colombia that it would apologize for the
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