Operation Sodom was an aptly named beauty.
Colombian army and national police forces killed feared FARC leaders Mono Jojoy and Romana in a combined air/ground assault that also killed at least 20 other militants.
Colombia’s Brazilian-made Super Tucano aircraft rained at least 50 smart bombs on the clandestine camp where Mono Jojoy and the other FARC thugs were sleeping.
Why doesn’t President Hugo Chavez do the same thing to the FARC forces entrenched in Venezuelan territory?
Chavez has over $ 6 bn of mostly Russian-made weapons.
Chavez considers himself a great military commander and leader of soldiers.
Chavez is always threatening to unleash lethal military violence on his enemies, who are always unarmed.
Chavez knows precisely where the FARC’s forces are hiding in Venezuela. Over 1,500 FARC fighters, one-quarter of the FARC’s remaining operational forces, are hiding in Venezuela mainly in Zulia and Apure. Several FARC chieftains are in Venezuela too.
But Chavez takes no action because (a) the FARC are his longtime strategic allies, (b) his Bolivarian army is all parade-ground show and no tactical bite, (c) El Comandante no tiene cojones, or (d) all of the above.
Chavez threatened to start a war with Colombia in March 2008 when FARC’s No.2 chieftain Raul Reyes received his just desserts while sleeping at a militant base in northern Ecuador.
Chavez donned his custom-made Generalissimo’s uniform back then, and ordered “ten army battalions” and tanks to the border with Colombia.
But in the hours since Mono Jojoy was blown to bits, not a peep has been heard from Chavez, Telesur, VTV or any of the regime’s mouthpieces like Andres “Hyena” Izarra and Elias “Fidelito” Jaua.
Hugo’s silence is a bit surprising, but then again perhaps not.
Chavez might be waiting until after the 26 September National Assembly elections. Lots of Venezuelans already are convinced that their president is a communist despot who leads a gang of corrupt and incompetent thugs.
It wouldn’t be helpful to the PSUV’s cause if Chavez starts to spout idiocies about Mono Jojoy’s happy fate only hours before the polls open in Venezuela.
It’s also possible that Chavez may feel a bit of relief. If the Colombian army continues to kill more FARC chieftains, it could help Chavez distance himself from the militant group.
But if this is so – if Chavez indeed is looking for ways to run away from his longtime alliance with the FARC – it means that the FARC’s Ivan Marquez and other militant leaders in Venezuela are no longer welcome and more vulnerable.
But it’s unlikely that Chavez can extricate himself completely from his relationship with the FARC, and the potential liabilities that relationship implies for Chavez.
The Colombian troops and police that assaulted the FARC camp seized at least 20 computers and several dozen flash drives, according to news reports from Bogota.
If these reports are accurate, it could spell trouble for Chavez if the laptops yield more documentary evidence of the Chavez regime’s relations with the FARC.