Venezuela’s president says he has deployed troops to the border with Colombia, as tensions rise between the two South American countries.
Hugo Chavez said Friday he believed the outgoing government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe could be planning to attack Venezuela.
The move follows Colombia’s accusations last week that Venezuela is harboring leftist Colombian rebels.
Mr. Chavez, denying the charge, had harsh words for Mr. Uribe. In a phone call to a Venezuelan television show Friday, Mr. Chavez said the Colombian President should see a psychologist, saying he sees peace as a “little trap.”
Here’s Hugo ranting about Uribe in Spanish, if you want to hear it,
Of course Colombia denies any intention of invading Venezuela (link in Spanish).
Colombia’s president-elect, Juan Manuel Santos, is scheduled to take office on August 7, and Hugo needs a distraction from all the country’s problems, so here you have it: mobilize troops, offend everyone.