Monday, April 11, 2005

Check Six: Venezuela's rush to arms

Sharp interview with Secretary Rumsfeld by The Miami Herald. The focus is something that would be front page news, and Chavez knows this, if it were not for GWOT.

Venezuela's Castro wanabe
Hugo Chavez is a danger to the entire hemisphere and the great progress in democracy gained over the last two decades. He is making friends with all the wrong people, and does not have peace on his mind.

Why then, should we be surprised he is gathering weapons with his petrol dollars?
From Russia, Chavez is buying 50 advanced MiG-29 fighters, 40 helicopter gunships and 100,000 AK-47 assault rifles. He's also bought arms from Spain and Brazil.
Our 'friends' are feeding those that hate us again, and it isn't just conventional weapons.
During the first semester of 2004 Spain sold chemical warfare agents and radioactive materials to Venezuela worth €539.603 according to a report entitled "Spanish exports of defence materials and related products and technologies". The report, produced by Spain's Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, .....
What the frack (as they say on Battlestar Gallatica) is Spain doing giving dual use technology to one of the few dictatorships left in our hemisphere? Sell all you want to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, whatever. But to Hugo?

UPDATE: Bad news travels fast. CAPT Ed and Barcepundit are on the hunt. I was afraid this would slip under the blogstream, but with at least one uberblogger getting hold of it, word should spread.

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