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Originally posted by TheExpatriate
Very interesting. I hope he fails so I don't have to pay $3.00 a gallon at the gas pump. The first step is for him to seem concerned about his nation's sovereignty then it becomes a priority for him (Chavez) to control that sovereignty through force.
But opponents fear Chavez, who survived a short-lived coup in 2002, could use an army reserve packed with his supporters to break up protests or pit it against the regular military if generals were to turn on him.
Why would we waste time, money, oil, gas, etc. to take any action against Venezuela, when 1. It's not necessary as we already get plenty from them and 2. Canada is right here?
Originally posted by djohnsto77
Chavez isn't building up his army to thwart an American invasion, he's doing it to gain more power so he can crush any threats to his position and export socialist revolution to his neighboring countries.
Originally posted by Gazrok
Something tells me we'll see an assassination and then a coup attempt before all this is said and done....
CARACAS, Venezuela - (KRT) - It began loudly, with a boombox blasting the cavalry bugle through the soft, early evening air. The sound prompted 80 or so mostly young men and women, dressed in white t-shirts and black baseball caps, to run to get into a tight military formation.
"Buenas noches!" barked an army reservist, Sgt. Ricardo Nahmens, dressed in camouflage, at the unarmed group gathered in the gravel parking lot in western Caracas.
"Guarantee of Security and National Defense! Buenas noches!" the civilians responded in unison.
From street vendors to lawyers, thousands of Venezuelans are joining militia units created by the government to fight off anyone - especially U.S. troops - that tries to thwart President Hugo Chavez's socialist "Bolivarian revolution."
"We don't want a Yankee country," said Julimar Garcia, a 29-year old government clerk who has been training with the Popular Defense Units since February. "If they put their feet down here, we'll be ready to fight them off."