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September 01, 2007

Chavez's phony hostage negotiation

We see this story here where comrade Chavez is in Colombia to "help broker" a deal to get some FARC held hostages "released" in exchange for hundreds of FARC rebels.

... The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is holding 45 hostages, including soldiers, politicians and the three U.S. contractors abducted more than four years ago. In return for releasing them, the FARC wants hundreds of guerrillas to be freed, including two commanders in U.S. prisons.

Success by Chavez in mediating a humanitarian swap could expand his influence and improve his image in the region, but it's a risky move -- he is stepping squarely into Colombia's civil conflict and generating optimism among the families of those long held captive by rebels. Seldom has Chavez involved himself so directly with the internal affairs of another nation...

Of course anyone who has followed events along the border has known for quite a while the real situation is that comrade Chavez instituted what amounts to a defacto low intensity war with Colombia using the FARC as proxies. He's been arming them and supplying them with across the border havens from which to launch their attacks. He knows the Colombians, being significantly weaker militarily, are loathe to chase the FARC across the border or attack their havens for fear of giving him the excuse he wants to start carving off large chunks of Colombia for himself.

This whole deal smacks of being a 100% stage managed affair for the idiots in the world press. The smart money says that the "hostages" were likely snatched on Hugo's orders in anticipation of such a spectacle so he can demonstrate his "stature", "influence", and overall premier grade world leader cred for the idiots in the MSM...who appear to be swallowing his bullshit hook line and sinker.

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