WHAT ELSE DID SPAIN SELL to Venezuela, besides transport and ocean surveillance planes, as well as patrol boats? Well, according to Spanish news agency Europa Press, during the first half of 2004 Spain sold to Chavez
chemical warfare agents and radioactive materials to Venezuela worth €539.603
This is an extremely serious issue, which so far has been virtually ignored by the Spanish press, focused on the boats and planes controversy. No mainstream media have covered this, and I only found three articles via Google News on small local newspapers (one, two, three, all links in Spanish). Interestingly, without reporting on the exact date of the deal, all three blame the Aznar administration for the sale that took place during the first semester of 2004, although Zapatero took office on April 17th. That is, the semester was virtually split in two near-identical halfs, the first one with Aznar as PM and the second with Zapatero.
That Spain is adding to the arms race between Venezuela and Colombia is clear. How, we’re starting to learn. By how much, and under whose watch — Aznar or Zapatero — is to be ascertained. Barcepundit makes a convincing case it’s been under Zapatero.
As for why, don’t tell me it’s for using them “in the war against poverty and misery”.