[ RadSafe ] Colombia Is Flashpoint in ChÃ¡vez âs Feud With U.S .
sjd at swcp.com
Wed Mar 5 19:39:01 CST 2008
Dirty bomb or not, perhaps this is another opportunity for another
foreign war. Shouldn't $600 million a year be enough to wipe out "leftist
rebels" and drug trafficking in a mere one or two years? I wonder how long
Congress has been ladling out this enormous subsidy to Columbia.
At 01:22 PM 3/5/08 -0500, Clayton J Bradt wrote:
>March 5, 2008
>Colombia Is Flashpoint in ChÃ¡vezâs Feud With U.S.
>By SIMON ROMERO
>CARACAS, Venezuela In the four days since Colombian forces crossed into
>Ecuador and killed a guerrilla leader taking refuge there, tensions between
>Colombia Washingtonâs top regionaal ally and its leftist neighbors have
>erupted, highllighting the fact that Colombia and its policies are
>increasingly viewed here as American proxies.
>Meanwhile, President Bush fiercely defended Colombia, which receives $600
>million a year in American aid to fight the leftist rebels and drug
>trafficking. He used the diplomatic crisis to push Congress to approve a
>Colombia trade deal that has languished for more than a year because of
>concerns among senior Democrats over human rights abuses there.
>Adding to the tensions on Tuesday, Colombiaâs vice president, Francisco
>Santos, said Colombian forces had found evidence that the FARC had been
>seeking the ingredients to make a radioactive dirty bomb.
>Material found on a laptop computer recovered in the raid into Ecuador
>provided the basis for Mr. Santosâs accusations about a dirty bomb, a
>weapon that combines highly radioactive material with conventional
>explosives to disperse deadly dust that people would inhale.
>âThis shows that these terrorist groups, supported by the economic power
>provided by drug trafficking, constitute a grave threat not just to our
>country but to the entire Andean region and Latin America,â Mr. Santos said
>at a United Nations disarmament meeting in Geneva, in a statement that was
>posted in Spanish on the conferenceâs Web site. The rebels were
>ânegotiating to get radioactive material, the primary base for making dirty
>weapons of destruction and terrorism,â he said.
>It was unclear from Mr. Santosâs statement with whom the rebels were
>Mr. Santos made his claim based on information provided Monday in BogotÃ¡ by
>Colombiaâs national police chief about the FARCâs negotiations for 110
>pounds of uranium, obtained from the laptop computer of RaÃºl Reyes, the
>senior FARC commander killed Saturday in Ecuador.
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