AW: [ RadSafe ] Colombia Is Flashpoint in Chávez ’s Feud With U.S.

Franz Schönhofer franz.schoenhofer at
Thu Mar 6 14:17:09 CST 2008


Your message is almost out of topic, but coming back to the "dirty bomb" hoax: European papers interpret the accusation of a possible "dirty bomb" exactly the same way, namely that the USA might search for an opportunity for another undeclared foreign war, which might not be fought openly like in Iraq, but by "supporting" the ruling class and their corruption with even more than $ 600 million a year. We have a rather different opinion on "leftist rebels" than the official US, as well as "liberal" is a very positive word in our politics. 

Taking into account the recent postings on RADSAFE about the detection systems for harbours etc. having been tested by the DHS one might recommend, that what other RADSAFErs have already called "hysteria" should be calmed down. 

I'll travel next Monday to Poland for a few months and I am very much looking forward to cross according to the most recent legislation the borders to the Czech Republic and to Poland without any passport control, though since a few years the official control was to waive through the cars.

Best regards,


Franz Schoenhofer, PhD
MinRat i.R.
Habicherg. 31/7
A-1160 Wien/Vienna

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: radsafe-bounces at [mailto:radsafe-bounces at] Im Auftrag von Steven Dapra
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 06. März 2008 02:39
An: Clayton J Bradt; radsafe at
Betreff: Re: [ RadSafe ] Colombia Is Flashpoint in Chávez ’s Feud With U.S. 

March 5

         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.

Steven Dapra

At 01:22 PM 3/5/08 -0500, Clayton J Bradt wrote:

>March 5, 2008
>Colombia Is Flashpoint in Chávez’s Feud With U.S.
>CARACAS, Venezuela —” In the four days since Colombian forces crossed into
>Ecuador and killed a guerrilla leader taking refuge there, tensions between
>Colombia — Washington’s 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, Colombia’s 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. Santos’s accusations about a dirty bomb, a
>weapon that combines highly radioactive material with conventional
>explosives to disperse deadly dust that people would inhale.
>“This 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,” Mr. Santos said
>at a United Nations disarmament meeting in Geneva, in a statement that was
>posted in Spanish on the conference’s Web site. The rebels were
>“negotiating to get radioactive material, the primary base for making dirty
>weapons of destruction and terrorism,” he said.
>It was unclear from Mr. Santos’s statement with whom the rebels were
>Mr. Santos made his claim based on information provided Monday in Bogotá by
>Colombia’s national police chief about the FARC’s negotiations for 110
>pounds of uranium, obtained from the laptop computer of Raúl Reyes, the
>senior FARC commander killed Saturday in Ecuador.


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