AMAZINGLY RIGHT AFTER SECRET DETAILS OF THE U.S. /COLUMBIAN BASE DEAL WAS LEAKED ,VENEZUALAN PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ TOOK NO CHANCES REGARDING THE SAFETY OF HIS PEOPLE AND NATION AFTER THE TENSION WAS RAISED IN SOUTH AMERICA (BECAUSE OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY BUILDUP) AND COLUMBIAN DEATH RAIDS INTO VENEZUALAN TERRITORY RECENTLY.HE HAS ORDERED HIS MILITARY AND THEIR COMMANDERS TO BE AT THEIR HIGHEST ALERT AND PREPARE FOR ALL OUT WAR;”
Chavez has urged his armed forces to be prepared for possible war with Colombia
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has urged his armed forces to be prepared for possible war with Colombia amid growing diplomatic and border tensions.
He said the best way to avoid war was to prepare for it. In response, Colombia said it would seek help from the United Nations.
Venezuela blames the tension with its neighbour on closer military ties between Colombia and the US.
Colombia says US forces are only there to battle rebels and drug traffickers.
“Let’s not waste a day on our main aim: to prepare for war and to help the people prepare for war, because it is everyone’s responsibility,” Mr Chavez said during his TV and radio show Alo, Presidente.
Mr Chavez has also ordered 15,000 troops to the border, citing increased violence by Colombian paramilitary groups.
In response, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said his government would seek help from the UN Security Council and also the Organization of American States.
“Colombia has not made nor will it make any bellicose move toward the international community, even less so toward fellow Latin American nations,” a statement by Mr Uribe said.
Ties between Colombia and Venezuela have been frozen since July when Bogota said it would let the US army use its military bases for anti-drugs operations.
The agreement has caused alarm among some of Colombia’s neighbours, who object to an increased US military presence in the region.
When news of the deal first broke in August, Mr Chavez warned that “winds of war” were blowing across the continent.