President Hugo Chavez says that a Spanish court’s charges that his government cooperates actively with the FARC and ETA are only “vestiges of a colonial past.” But the 26-page indictment issued by Spanish penal judge Eloy Velasco against 13 members of ETA and the FARC confirms that Chavez is lying.
It comes as no surprise that the Chavez regime cooperates actively with the FARC, ETA and other terrorist groups.
It is a matter of public record that Chavez has been protecting, coddling and cooperating with the FARC officially since he assumed the presidency of Venezuela in February 1999.
It is also a matter of public record that the strategic/political alliance between Chavez and the FARC dates since at least 1994.
Chavez forged his alliance with the FAC’s top leadership in 1994, at clandestine meetings in northeast Colombia in which Chavez’s longtime sidekick in terrorism and murder, former Interior & Justice Minister Ramon Rodriguez Chacin, also participated.
The same year, on 13 December 1994, Chavez made his first official visit to Havana, where he was greeted personally by Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Judge Velasco’s 26-page indictment against the 13 ETA and FARC members says that the active cooperation between ETA and the FARC happened materially in Venezuela and Cuba.
Judge Velasco’s indictment also charges that ETA and the FARC conspired to locate senior Colombian figures residing in Spain, and that ETA assured the FARC it would assist efforts by FARC killers to launch assassination attempts on Spanish soil against Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez, former Colombian President Andres Pastrana, former Colombian Foreign Minister Noemi Sanin, and other senior Colombian political personalitie.
Velasco’s indictment also says that ETA’s chief representative in Latin America is Arturo Cubillas Montan, who resides in Venezuela since May 1989, and has served in the Chavez regime since 2005 as “Director assigned to the Office of Administration and Services of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.”
It is no coincidence that Cubillas Montan joined the Bolivarian Agriculture Ministry about the same time that current Vice President Elias Jaua was named Agriculture Minister by President Chavez. It is a matter of public record that Vice President Jaua is ETA’s top political liaison inside the Chavez regime.
Cubillas Montan’s chief contacts with the FARC are Rodrigo Granda and Ivan Marquez, both of whom have resided almost permanently in Venezuela since at least 2003-2004.
In effect, senior officials of the Chavez regime materially supported plans by the FARC and ETA to assassinate President Uribe, former President Pastrana and other top Colombian political figures.
Velasco’s indictment also charges that FARC and ETA members swapped their knowledge and experience in the manufacture of homemade bombs, mortars and other urban terrorist technologies at FARC camps located inside Venezuela – specifically in the states of Apure and Zulia.
The Spanish judge’s indictment also charges that ETA members living in Cuba perfected the design and manufacture of some homemade explosive devices in Cuba, and proposed to test these devices in Venezuela.
Velasco’s indictment further charges that ETA terrorists trained members of the FARC and the Bolivarian Liberation Front (FBL) in the manufacture of explosive devices in Venezuelan territory.
The FBL is a native Venezuelan militant (i.e. terrorist) group whose growth coincides with Chavez’s accession to the presidency of Venezuela in February 1999.
The FBL reportedly has between 2,000 and 4,000 active members spread throughout the states of Apure, Barinas, Tachira and Zulia. Its fighters have been trained in Venezuela and Colombia by the FARC. Some FBL members have been detected in Colombia fighting alongside the FARC against the Colombian army.
The FBL also has direct links to Patria Para Todos (PPT), a key member of the pro-Chavez ruling Patriotic Alliance. The PPT is considered the party of the “intelligent communists” in the Chavez regime.
PPT’s top leader reportedly is Ali Rodriguez Araque (aka Comandante Fausto during his years as a Communist guerrilla in Venezuela during the early 1960’s), currently the Electric Energy Minister, and before the Economy and Finance Minister.
Rodriguez Araque also is one of the Castro regime’s oldest, and most dangerous, henchmen in Venezuela.
The obvious questions hanging in the air, and begging for swift replies, are:
How many more “smoking guns” confirming the active cooperation of the Chavez regime with FARC, ETA and other international terrorist organizations are needed before the governments of the United States, Spain and Colombia decide to act decisively against Chavez and his gangsters?
When will the governments of the United States, Spain, and above all the elected democracies of Latin America initiate substantive political and economic sanctions against the Chavez regime?
The governments of the US, Spain and Colombia collectively possess encyclopedic volumes of hard intelligence confirming that the Chavez regime sponsors and supports international terrorism, including ongoing strategies and policies to destabilize democracy in Colombia and other moderate, democratic Latin American governments. When will decisions be made to publish this intelligence in order to hasten the end of the Chavez regime, which likely also will speed the demise of the Castro regime?
When will the democratically elected governments of Latin America, starting with the government of Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, stop the deliberate enabling and facilitation the Chavez regime’s criminal and terrorist behavior?
Lula, particularly, has now shown repeatedly that he is not the moderate democratic socialist leader he pretends to be. Instead, Lula has demonstrated that he remains an active, albeit closeted, radical diehard communist who supports the Cubazuela Chavez/Castro alliance that seeks to destabilize democracy throughout Latin America.
When will the Organization of American States (OAS) comply with its institutional/political obligations to enforce the Democratic Charter signed in Lima on 9 September 2001 against the Chavez regime?
When will the OAS General Assembly stop collectively opening its legs for the Chavez (and Castro) regime(s), and instead put the brakes on Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza, who shamelessly shills and pimps full-time for the Chavez/Castro Cubazuela combine?