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Monday, October 11, 2010

Venezuela - Narcotics/Terrorist Haven

Hugo Chavez's Venezuela is a paradise for the illicit drug trade and international terrorists.

Thirty members of Spain's murderous domestic terrorist band, ETA, continue to wage armed struggle from Venezuela (La treintena de etarras en Venezuela sigue defendiendo la «lucha armada»), the Madrid daily ABC reports today.

ETA trains in Venezuela openly and Spanish President Jose Luiz Zapatero ''mira por otro lado'' (turns a blind eye to) the blatant dirty business. Incredible.

In addition, democratic neighbor Colombia, engaged in a civil war for more than 40 years with the narco-terrorists, FARC, presented more evidence just in July to the OAS (Organization of American States) showing the narcoterror group's sophisticated weaponry.

ETA provided material support for a (disrupted) FARC attack on the new Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, at his inauguration in Bogotá last August.

Bogotá has well documented that the FARC is a guest of Chavez and has safe haven to launch its murderous campaigns at will from the Venezuelan side of the border.

The Venezuela-FARC narcoterrorist connection even leads to Al Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM).

Mix in news of elite Iranian Qod (Revolutionary Guards) officers (denied by Chavez) in Venezuela. It is not difficult to understand the scope and direction of Chavez's designs for his country and beyond.

Moreover, Chavez's Venezuela is a narco-paradise, a transshipment point for the very lucrative Latin American drug trade.

The car bombing in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in July demonstrates how the long nefarious tentacles of narcoterrorism, state-supported by Venezuela, is a much wider and serious problem than any diplomatic row between Madrid and Caracas over ETA terras. 

The nexus of narcotics and terrorists, the presence of elite Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen, and undermining Colombia and Spain, and perhaps even Mexico, as well as tentacles stretching into Africa's Sahel, shows Venezuela to be a rogue regime.

Drug money fuels narcoterrorism and propels Chavez's sinister regional ambitions to spread his noxious ''twenty-first socialism'' beyond Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. Honduras successfully resisted last year.

Chavez is a complete menace to his own people as well as democracy and peace in the region and beyond.

The sooner the peace-loving world admits that fact and takes a harder line against Caracas the better.

Perhaps an expected Republican-led US Congress can pressure the Obama White House to seriously review its policy toward Caracas in 2011.
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