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NEWS: Venezuela creates volunteer force, prepares for US aggression

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posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 11:14 AM
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Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, is expanding venezuelan military capabilities by creating a volunteer force totalling over 2 million personnel. The democratically elected Chavez, who survived several US coup attempts, is a growing target of US threats and criticism. Venezuelan oil imports account for 20% of total US imports.
 



abcnews.go.com
CARACAS, Venezuela Apr 18, 2005 — Scores of men and women crawl through a mud-filled ditch, ducking barbed wire and coughing in a mixture of tear gas and smoke while gunfire rattles overhead and soldiers bark orders.

The volunteers are training to join Venezuela's army reserve. Many took on the duty in recent weeks after hearing President Hugo Chavez call for the force to be expanded to as many as 2 million reservists.

"I enjoy serving my country," said Juan Carlos Manzanares, a 28- year-old appliance salesman covered in mud after a weekend basic training session. "The president called on us, and I responded to the call."

Chavez, a former army paratroop commander, says Venezuela needs a bigger reserve to defend itself against any internal or external threat at a time when U.S. "imperialism" endangers the nation's sovereignty.

"The government of the United States of America, that's the true negative force in this region," Chavez said Monday during an event with graduates of a nationwide literacy program.

He said the United States is "the true destabilizer of this continent," a force that has generated wars and divisions to try to "keep managing us as if we were its colonies."

While relations with Washington have grown tense, Chavez has said he wants peace but that any country trying to "mess with" Venezuela to take control of its oil riches would face a strong national defense.

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.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



Venezuela, more and more in the line of sight of Washington Hawks due to rising oil prices, is preparing a warm welcome for the gringos


[edit on 21-4-2005 by krotzkrotz]




posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 02:21 PM
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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.



posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 02:25 PM
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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.


Why do you say through force ? he is hugely popular in Venezuela ... ?



posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 02:31 PM
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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.



posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 02:43 PM
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Venusuela is next on Prez Bush oil fuelled colonial dreams. The next world war is all about oil and resources. nothing more.

bush would attack the UK if he thought it nessesary. i believe hes that nuts.

[edit on 21-4-2005 by rustiswordz]



posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 02:44 PM
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Something tells me we'll see an assassination and then a coup attempt before all this is said and done....



posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 03:25 PM
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@ both Chavez and the comments

US Oil imports
Canada - 17%
Saudi Arabia - 14.5%
Mexico - 13%
Venezuela - 11%

Imports of Petroleum
1. Canada
2. Venezuela


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?




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.

This would make more sense as he own people would be a greater threat to him than us.



posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 03:27 PM
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chavez is using fear to grab power and further his agenda....sounds familiar....



posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 03:38 PM
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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?


1. Still is more oil. (cheaper)
2. Stop the spread of Socialism in the region.





[edit on 21-4-2005 by Gazrok]



posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 06:15 PM
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u said it accounted for 20% of oil imports to US... well on netscape im pretty dang sure they said 13%, and I checked the article u found and it never stated the percent, so where are u getting this from?? 20% seems a bit to high anyway



posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 06:20 PM
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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.


That is exactly what Chavez is doing! He is taking the pages right out of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution he had created.



posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 07:59 PM
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Chavez is just preparing for a US invasion which is almost certainly immenent... Chavez on a number of occassions has said that if the US takes any form of hard-line approach Venezuela it will cut of its Oil exports to the US... This would be a HUGE blow to the US...

Are people aware that Cuba is also gearing ahead in people mobilisation... Just recently Cuba pracitices mobilising his entire country for an invasion - A drill to see how long it would take to get everyone armed and to a battle station - IT TOOK 30 MINUTES - 30 MINUTES!

Venezuela will be able to succeed where Cuba didn't because of one almighty factor...

Oil...



posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 08:19 PM
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Nice... the US resorting to terrorism to unseat a democratically elected leader. An attack against that nation would be nothing more than a terrorist attack. Everyone claims that when we get attacked it is because they hate freedom or they are jealous of us. Same can be said for other countries. We are jealous that they have oil. We don't care if they are free. That is obvious since Cuba has remain unharmed for decades.

Terrorism is Terrorism. Doesn't matter what the color of the flag is.



posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 08:30 PM
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Originally posted by Gazrok
Something tells me we'll see an assassination and then a coup attempt before all this is said and done....


Don't be silly, my friend. He will die of a natural heart-attack. Assasinations are old-school.



posted on Apr, 22 2005 @ 10:19 AM
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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."


www.freerepublic.com...


The kind of answer to US blackmail i like. Latin americans have developed a strong sense of opposition to US terrorism, mainly through the suffering they had to endure at Reagan's, Kissinger's, etc... hands. Southern american influence is being felt more and more throughout the world. Definitely a continent on the rise.




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