Saturday, October 17, 2009

them's fighting words

Cochabamba, Bolivia. The presidents of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) announced they will create a "security council" to ensure regional democracy in the block, and instructed the political commission to put together a draft policy for discussion at the next presidential summit.

The initiative came from Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez at the 7th summit of ALBA, which began Friday in this city in the center of the country and was supported by colleagues from Bolivia, Ecuador and delegations from Cuba and the Caribbean islands that make up the block.

Chavez suggested that the organ be called the ALBA Security Council but his Bolivian colleague, Evo Morales, suggested the creation of a "military school of the dignity and sovereignty of ALBA for the development of new military doctrine" distant from the national security doctrine promoted by the United States throughout the continent in past decades.

Chavez said that "more than one the forces of the national and international Right will be knocking on the doors of the barracks ... [which are] intelligence agencies of the golpistas, murderers."

"We can not sit back because this is a latent threat and we see its maximum expression in Honduras. I think we should pursue this proposal (from Morales) to create a military organization for the ALBA countries," he said.

"We should even increase all work pertaining to training and joint maneuvers. We should have land, air, and sea maneuvers," said Chavez, adding: "I do not know what will happen in Honduras, but people have the right to resistance, even armed resistance ..."

"We want peaceful revolutions, but if they force us back to the Sierra Maestra we'll make a Vietnam, two Vietnams, three Vietnams in Latin America. I say this very strongly to the imperialists and the gorillas around there who believe they will again install the cave era on this continent," he said.

On Friday, presidents and high level delegates from the ALBA countries opened  the 7th summit of the bloc in this city, which included an envoy from the Russian president, who expressed the desire to deepen bilateral and multilateral relations with nations of the region.

Russia was among the countries invited to the summit which included the presidents of Bolivia, Evo Morales; Ecuador, Rafael Correa; and Venezuela, Hugo Chávez. Also attending were the prime ministers of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerit; of Antigua and Barbuda, Winston Baldwin Spencer; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves.

Translated from El Heraldo

Most of what Chavez says is merely bluster.  Chavez is scared sh_tless that the U.S. is going to pull a Manuel Noriega on him. He also knows the U.S. is not going to sit idly by and allow him to do anything to endanger their military base in Honduras. That being said, here's hoping this kind of talk from Chavez alerts key people in the United States' national security apparatus to urgency of what is occurring in Latin America. Let's face it, the U.S. is the ultimate target, snagging Honduras is merely one of many steps in much bigger and much more sinister plan. Fidel Castro has spent 40 bitter years plotting this. He's just recently got the financing to attempt to carry it out through Chavez's (and perhaps even Iran's) petrodollars.

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