Bush’s Colombian buddy Uribe threatens South American war

This video by Mark Fiore in the USA is called Colombia Clean.

By Bill Van Auken:

US-backed border massacre brings South America to brink of war

5 March 2008

The Colombian military’s massacre last Saturday of 17 members of the guerrilla movement FARC, including its second in command, on Ecuadoran soil has brought tensions in the region to an unprecedented level, raising the serious threat of armed conflict.

Both Ecuador and Venezuela have massed thousands of troops on their borders with Colombia, while breaking off diplomatic relations with the right-wing government of President Alvaro Uribe in Bogota and expelling its ambassadors and diplomatic personnel from Quito and Caracas.

Authorities in Bogota initially claimed that the killing of the FARC leader Raul Reyes and the other guerrillas was a matter of Colombian troops pursuing and killing them in battle. A forensic investigation by Ecuador, however, established that murdered FARC members were the victims of a bombardment launched while they were sleeping and that some of them were then finished off by Colombian ground forces, execution-style.

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa denounced the attack as a gross violation of Ecuador’s sovereignty and warned that the actions of the Uribe government threatened to turn the region into “another Middle East.”

Indeed, the killing of Reyes, who served as the FARC’s main international representative, pursuing diplomatic contacts in Europe and Latin America, had all the earmarks of a “targeted assassination.”

Colombian police officials made no secret of the fact that the targeting was carried out by US security forces, which are extremely active in the south of the country near the Ecuadoran border. US intelligence resources were used to track Reyes’s satellite phone, according to the Colombian officials. The US has funneled some US$5 billion in military aid into Colombia under the aegis of “Plan Colombia,” an operation that was launched on the pretext of waging a “war on drugs,” but which has increasingly been focused on a counterinsurgency campaign against the FARC, a rural-based guerrilla movement that has been fighting government forces for 40 years and which has controlled up to 40 percent of Colombian territory.

Correa indicated in a televised address Monday that the attack was launched in the context of intense discussions involving the Ecuadoran government and Reyes over the release of nearly a dozen high-profile hostages held by the FARC, including the former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three captured US military contractors.

“I regret to inform you that the conversations were very advanced for the freeing in Ecuador of 12 hostages, among them Ingrid Betancourt,” said Correa. “It was all frustrated by the militarist and authoritarian hands. We cannot discount that this was one of the motives of the [Colombian] incursion.”

The French Foreign Ministry also revealed Tuesday that it had been in discussions with Reyes over the release of hostages—particularly Betancourt, who holds French citizenship—and that the Colombian government was informed of these contacts.

Betancourt’s ex-husband denounced the actions of the Uribe government as “abominable,” charging that it launched the attack to block any agreement on a hostage release.

The principal committee in support of Ingrid Betancourt’s release in France issued a statement declaring its “dismay” over the turn of events. “When the exit door was wide open, dark intentions have preferred to slam it violently shut,” it said.

See also here. And here.

Update 7 March 2008: here.

British Foreign Office Minister “Dr” Kim Howells and Colombia: here.


ECUADOR: Manta Air Base Tied to Colombian Raid on FARC Camp: here.

Workers strike in Colombia: here.


Mission Miracle has helped 400,000 impoverished Latin Americans see again and cast Venezuela’s revolutionary leader as the region’s humanitarian benefactor: here.

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  2. Greg Palast: $300 Million From Chavez is a fake…

    Posted by: “Companero” companyero@bellsouth.net
    Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:48 pm (PDT)

    Greg Palast: $300 Million From Chavez To FARC a Fake


    Here’s the written evidence. and – please say it ain’t so! – Obama and Hillary attack Ecuador

    Note: Saturday, Bobby Kennedy hosts Greg Palast on
    “Ring ofFire” on Air America Radio. Sunday, catch Palast
    with Amy Goodman on WABC Television (New York),
    hosted by Gil Noble, Channel 7 at 1 pm(est).

    Friday, March 7, 2008 for TomPaine.com/Ourfuture.org

    By Greg Palast

    Do you believe this? This past weekend, Colombia invaded Ecuador, killed a guerrilla chief in the jungle, opened his laptop – and what did the Colombians find? A message to Hugo Chavez that he sent the FARC guerrillas $300 million – which they’re using to obtain uranium to make a dirty bomb!

    That’s what George Bush tells us. And he got that from his buddy, the strange right-wing President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe. So: After the fact, Colombia justifies its attempt to provoke a border war as a to stop the threat of WMDs!

    Uh, where have we heard that before?

    The US press snorted up this line about Chavez’ $300 million to “terrorists” quicker than the young Bush inhaling Colombia’s powdered export.

    What the US press did not do is look at the evidence, the email in the magic laptop. (Presumably, the FARC leader’s last words were, “Listen, my password is ..”) I read them. While you can read it all in espa����ol, here is, in translation, the one and only mention of the alleged $300 million from Chavez is this: “With relationto the 300, which from now on we will call “dossier,” efforts are now going forward at the instructions of the boss to the cojo [slang term for ‘cripple’], which I will explain in a separate note. Let’s call the boss ����ngel, and the cripple Ernesto.”

    Got that? Where is Hugo? Where’s 300 million? And 300 what? Indeed, in context, the note is all about the hostage exchange with the FARC that Chavez was working on at the time (December 23, 2007) at the request of the Colombian government.

    Indeed, the entire remainder of the email is all about the mechanism of the hostage exchange. Here’s the next line: “To receive the three freed ones, Chavez proposes three options: Plan A. Do it to via of a ‘humanitarian caravan’; one that will involve Venezuela, France, the Vatican[?], Switzerland, European Union, democrats [civil society], Argentina, Red Cross, etc.”

    As to the 300, I must note that the FARC’s previous prisoner exchange involved 300 prisoners.

    Is that what the ‘300’ refers to? ����Quien sabe? Unlike Uribe, Bush and the US press,

    I won’t guess or make up a phastasmogoric story about Chavez mailing checks to the jungle.

    To bolster their case, the Colombians claim, with no evidence whatsoever, that the mysterious “Angel” is the code name for Chavez. But in the memo, Chavez goes by the code name . Chavez.

    Well, so what? This is what.

    Colombia’s invasion into Ecuador is a rank violation of international law, condemned by every single Latin member of the Organization of American States. And George Bush just loved it.

    He called Uribe to back Colombia, against, “the continuing assault by narco-terrorists as well as the provocativemaneuvers by the regime in Venezuela.”

    Well, our President may have gotten the facts ass-backward, but Bush knows what he’s doing: shoring up his last, faltering ally in South America, Uribe, a desperate man in deep political trouble.

    Uribe claims he is going to bring charges against Chavez before the International Criminal Court. If Uribe goes there in person, I suggest he take a toothbrush: it was just discovered that Right-Wing Death Squads held Murder-Planning Sessions at Uribe’s Ranch.

    Uribe’s associates have been called before the nation’s Supreme Court and may face prison.

    In other words, it’s a good time for a desperate Uribe to use that old politico’s wheeze, the threat of war, to drown out accusations of his own criminality.

    Furthermore, Uribe’s attack literally killed negotiations with FARC by killing FARC’s negotiator, Raul Reyes. Reyes was in talks with both Ecuador and Chavez about another prisoner exchange.

    Uribe authorized the negotiations, however, he knew, should those talks have Succeeded in Obtaining the Release of those Kidnapped by the FARC, credit would have been heaped on Ecuador and Chavez, and discredit heaped on Uribe.

    Luckily for a hemisphere on the verge of flames, the President of Ecuador, Raphael Correa, is one of the most level-headed, thoughtful men I’ve everencountered.

    Correa is now flying from Quito to Brazilia to Caracas to keep the region from blowing sky high. While moving troops to his border – no chief of state can permit foreign tanks on their sovereign soil – Correa also refuses sanctuary to the FARC .

    Indeed, Ecuador has routed out 47 FARC bases, a better track record than Colombia’s own, corruptmilitary.

    For his cool, peaceable handling of the crisis, I will forgive Correa for apologizing for his calling Bush, “a dimwitted President who has done great damage to his country and the world.”

    Amateur Hour in Blue

    We can trust Correa to keep the peace South of the Border. But can we trust our Presidents-to-be? The current man in the Oval Office, George Bush, simply can’t help himself: an outlaw invasion by a Right-Wing Death-Squad Promoter is just fine with him.

    But guess who couldn’t wait to parrot the Bush line? Hillary Clinton, still explaining that her vote to invade Iraq was not a vote to invade Iraq, issued a statement nearly identical to Bush’s, blessing the invasion of Ecuador as Colombia’s “right to defend itself.” And she added, “Hugo Ch����vez must stop these provoking actions.”


    I assumed that Obama wouldn’t jump on this landmine – especially after he was blasted as a foreign policy amateur forsuggesting he would invade across Pakistan’s border to hunt terrorists. It’s embarrassing that Barack repeated Hillary’s line nearly verbatim, announcing, “the Colombian government has every right to defend itself.”

    (I’m sure Hillary’s position wasn’t influenced by the loan of a campaign jet to her by Frank Giustra. Giustra has given over a $100 Million to Bill Clinton projects. Last year, Bill introduced Giustra to Colombia’s Uribe.

    On the spot, Giustra cut a lucrative deal with Uribe for Colombian oil.) Then there’s Mr. War Hero. John McCain weighed in with his own idiocies, announcing that, “Hugo Chavez is establish[ing] a dictatorship,” presumably because, unlike George Bush, Chavez counts all the votes in Venezuelan elections.

    But now our story gets tricky and icky.

    The wise media critic Jeff Cohen told me to watch for the press naming McCain as a foreign policy expert and labeling the Democrats as amateurs.

    Sure enough, the New York Times, on the news pages Wednesday, called McCain, “a national security pro.”

    McCain is the “pro” who said the war in Iraq would cost nearly nothing in livesor treasury dollars.

    But, on the Colombian invasion of Ecuador, McCain said, “I hope that tensions will be relaxed, President Chavez will remove those troops from the borders – as well as the Ecuadorians – and relations continue to improve between the two.”

    It’s not quite English, but it’s definitely not Bush. And weirdly, it’s definitely not Obama and Clinton cheerleading Colombia’s war on Ecuador.

    Democrats, are you listening? The only thing worse than the media attacking Obama and Clinton as amateurs is the Democratic candidates’ frightening desire to prove them right.


    Watch Greg Palast’s reports from Venezuela and Ecuador for BBC Television Newsnight and Democracy Now! Compiled on the DVD, “The Assassination of Hugo Chavez.”



  3. Arrest order for defence minister

    Ecuador: A judge has issued an arrest order for a former Colombian defence minister in connection with a cross-border raid on a left-wing guerilla camp in last year that killed 25.

    Ecuadorean state lawyer Carlos Jimenez said yesterday that Juan Manuel Santos, who faces murder charges, is under investigation for allegedly directing the raid.



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