After getting fired as negotiator with the FARC for talking directly to Colombia’s army chief, Hugo’s on yet another tizzy.
Investor’s Business Daily has the details:
In theory, a mediator should persuade two sides to each give up something to achieve a common end. The only one who gave up anything, however, was Uribe, who watched Chavez cavort with terrorists before TV cameras, giving them a legitimacy in Caracas they never had known.
Even worse, Chavez proved to be acting as an agent of the terrorists. Uribe’s sudden cutoff of the mediation effort at a hastily organized press conference last Wednesday suggested disturbing new information.
On Sunday, Chavez confirmed it: “I think Colombia deserves another president, it deserves a better president,” he said.
That followed a discussion in a U.S. prison between extradited FARC terrorist Ricardo Palmera, aka “Simon Trinidad,” and another mediator and Chavez ally appointed by Uribe, Senator Piedad Cordoba. They discussed “a transitional government” with the terrorist as a bargaining chip for the hostage swap.
On Monday, Chavez repeated what he had in mind to make sure Uribe understood. “Reconciliation is impossible,” he said. “We have to wait for a new government in Colombia we can talk with. I hope it arrives sooner rather than later.”
No wonder Uribe lashed out, saying Chavez was less interested in mediating than in overthrowing Colombia’s government. That may have sounded far-fetched, but it’s what the guerrillas have been fighting for since 1964, and Chavez’s admiration for them is no secret. Uribe, who has come down on the guerrillas harder than any other Colombian leader, is the president they want gone.
Hugo, of course, is incessantly trying to strengthen his stranglehold on Venezuela,
What better way to make Venezuelans forget their problems than to whip up populist sentiment against Colombia. It also is noteworthy that he’s rousing military support against the neighboring state, something he may really find use for as rebellion grows at home.
Weekend polls showed that ever since the king of Spain publicly told him to “shut up” in Chile two weeks ago, support for Chavez’s move to seize absolute power in Venezuela has fallen below 50%.
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