As the Obama State Dept. is busy applying sanctions to the tiny Democratic government of Honduras for kicking out a Chavista and aspiring dictator, they ignore the real elephant in the room, Hugo Chavez’s government in Venezuela which is guilty of trying to overturn another Democratic government, (Columbia) by supplying terrorists with advanced weapons.
The Washington Post reports on some recent developments in the Colombian rebel movement, FARC, known for terrorism and drug trafficking:
In a raid on a camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), a group officially designated a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, Colombian forces captured sophisticated, Swedish-produced antitank rockets. A Swedish investigation confirmed that they were originally sold to the Venezuelan army by the arms manufacturer Saab. What’s more, FARC e-mails from the laptops captured in Ecuador appear to refer to the weapons; in one, a FARC operative in Caracas reports discussing delivery of the arms in a 2007 meeting with two top Venezuelan generals, including the director of military intelligence, Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios.
Colombia privately asked Mr. Chávez’s government for an explanation of the rockets several months ago; Sweden is now asking as well. But the only response has been public bluster by the Venezuelan caudillo, who on Tuesday withdrew his ambassador from Colombia and threatened to close the border to trade. If he follows through, U.S. drug authorities may well be pleased: A report released last week by the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Venezuela had created a “permissive environment” for FARC that had allowed the group to massively increase its cocaine smuggling across that border. “By allowing illegal armed groups to elude capture and by providing material support, Venezuela has extended a lifeline to Colombian illegal armed groups, and their continued existence endangers Colombian security gains achieved with U.S. assistance,” the GAO reported.
This all sounds an awful lot like material support for terrorism — which raises the question of whether the State Department will look again at whether Mr. Chávez’s government or its top officials belong on its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The Bush administration’s Treasury Department last year imposed sanctions on Gen. Carvajal and several other officials for supporting the FARC’s drug trafficking. But that hardly covers the supply of antitank rockets to a designated terrorist organization.
Has the Obama State Dept. weighed in on this at all?
You may remember that FARC had favorablely mentioned Obama the candidate for President, last year, as was discovered when those two FARC lap top computers were captured. The lap tops contained information that FARC was expecting Obama to win the election, and that he was the one most aligned with their goals:
6. The gringos will ask for an appointment with the minister to solicit him to communicate to us his interest in discussing these topics. They say that the new president of their country will be Obama and that they are interested in your compatriots. Obama will not support “Plan Colombia” nor will he sign the TLC (Colombian Free Trade agreement). Here we responded that we are interested in relations with all governments in equality of conditions and that in the case of the US it is required a public pronouncement expressing their interest in talking with the FARC given their eternal war against us.
Infidelesto of Infidels Are Cool had added:
If this doesn’t give you a glimpse into what Obama really stands for, I don’t know what will. He has some of the most atrocious human rights violators on Earth supporting him and now the FARC terrorists have jumped on board. This man is dangerous to America, and the veil has yet to be lifted b anyone except the conservative blogs.
I remember dutifully adding FARC to My Radicals, Terrorists And Tyrants Of The World Root For Obama list, in April ’08. Not that too many people were actually paying attention, way back then. Will they now?
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