Monday, March 03, 2008

War Brewing In South America?

Ecuador has pulled its ambassador from Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered troops to the Colombian border. Psychotic Ecuadoran ally Hugo Chavez has ordered ten battalions of Venezuelan troops to the Colombian border as well.

If you're in Colombia today, be somewhere else.

(CNN) -- Ecuador's President Rafael Correa withdrew his government's ambassador in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered troops to the country's border following a Colombian raid against leftist rebels inside Ecuador.

In a televised address, Correa called a raid by Colombian national police and air force one day earlier a "massacre" that killed civilians.

The strike at dawn Saturday killed two leading figures in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Marxist movement that has fought a guerrilla war against the country's government for some 40 years. One of the dead was FARC's second-in-command, Luis Edgar Devia Silva, known as "Raul Reyes."

The incident has triggered a crisis among the three countries, as Venezuela President Hugo Chavez also ordered 10 battalions of troops to the Colombian border and the closure of Venezuela's embassy in Bogotá.

"We don't want war, but we will not allow the North American empire -- which is the master -- and its sub-President [Alvaro] Uribe and the Colombian oligarchy to divide, to weaken us. We will not allow it."

The three countries are neighbors, with Colombia, a U.S. ally, squeezed between Ecuador, to the southwest, and Venezuela, to the east. (H/T - CNN)

Interspersed between Chavez's rantings of "It's George Bush's fault" lies the frightening truth: Chavez does want war, and with Colombia surrounded, there is a chance the U.S. will come to the aid of its Colombian allies.

That means troops, kids.

And that is exactly what Chavez wants: a military showdown with America. He can't beat our military, but imagine if he simply holds his own against our troops. It would propel him to cult hero status. Either way, this is going to be a very bad week. Stay tuned.

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