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Posted June 24, 2007 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Chavez predicts resistance war with U.S.

Chavez predicts resistance war with U.S.

CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez urged soldiers on Sunday to prepare for a guerrilla-style war against the United States, saying that Washington is using psychological and economic warfare as part of an unconventional campaign aimed at derailing his government.

Dressing in olive green fatigues and a red beret, Chavez spoke inside Tiuna Fort — Venezuela’s military nerve-center — before hundreds of uniformed soldiers standing alongside armored vehicles and tanks decorated with banners reading: “Fatherland, Socialism, or Death! We will triumph!”

“We must continue developing the resistance war, that’s the anti-imperialist weapon. We must think and prepare for the resistance war everyday,” said Chavez, who has repeatedly warned that American soldiers could invade Venezuela to seize control of the South American nation’s immense oil reserves.

U.S. officials reject claims that Washington is considering a military attack. But the U.S. government has expressed concern over what it perceives as a significant arms built-up here.

Chavez — a close ally of Cuban leader Fidel Castro — told soldiers the Washington was trying to weaken and divide Venezuelan society, including the armed forces, without resorting to combat.

“It’s not just armed warfare,” said Chavez, a former army officer who is leading what he calls the “Bolivarian Revolution,” a socialist movement named after 19th-century independence hero Simon Bolivar. “I’m also referring to psychological warfare, media warfare, political warfare, economic warfare.”

Under Chavez, Venezuela has recently purchased some $3 billion worth of arms from Russia, including 53 military helicopters, 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles, 24 SU-30 Sukhoi fighter jets.

Last week, Chavez said he is considering arms purchases, including submarines and a missile-equipped air defense system, as he prepares for a tour of Russia, Belarus and Iran.

“We are strengthening Venezuela’s military power precisely to avoid imperial aggressions and assure peace, not to attack anybody,” he said Sunday.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on June 24, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I don’t post much about politics outside of Cuba but I just had to post this. For casual Chavez watchers this may seem like just another story but to me I read it as a declaration of war (of words anyway) by Chavez.

    He has been studying the Fidel Castro playbook for years.

    1. Find an enemy. The United States. Check.

    2. Say that you are doing everything for the poor people. Check.

    3. Take control of the media. Check.

    4. Find a cause. Instead of “La Revolucion” it’s now “La Resistencia”. Check.

    5. Be the “savior” of your people and country. Working on it.

    The US now has a perceived reputation as a bully and invader of countries so this Resistance will get a lot of traction in Latin America. Chavez has learned from the Master strategist and has now stuck a thorn squarely in the side of George Bush and the next President of the United States.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on June 24, 2007 by Cuban American

    Hugo Chavez is nothing more than a bad SNL skit.  He is a joke, I mean have you heard some of the things this man says?  I know Bush says a lot of unintelligent things but I think Chavez takes the cake on that.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on June 25, 2007 by viajero

    dear publisher

    stay tune for the soon-to-be declassification of CIA’s memos/papers. Then you’ll understand why the US govt is considered as a bully in international affairs…
    the government elected by less than 50% of the American population has worked hard to earn that reputation…
    just some examples:

    jakarta september 1965
    chile, september 1973

    history teach us always lessons, that we would too stupid not to learn from them…

  4. Follow up post #4 added on June 25, 2007 by HavanAndrew with 87 total posts

    If you look at the history of the C.I.A. and overall U.S. tactics in South America it is no surprise that a lunatic like Chavez is considered legitimate by South Americans. There would appear little hope for the world when leaders like Bush and Chavez (mini Fidel) apparently represent good decent people. Maybe I should heed the advice of some of my Cuban friends. On one hand you have La Sysytema and on the other hand you have La Famillia, you can’t do much about the system but you can do a lot for your family and friends. So lets focus on family and friends because most governments are full of self fulfilling clowns that don’t give a rat’s ass about us, the people.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on June 25, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Well said. Sad but true.

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  6. Follow up post #6 added on June 26, 2007 by Curt

    Throughout history th U.S has faked concern for democracy as rhetorical cover for imperialistic intervention throughout the world. In 1819, hero and liberator of Venezuela Simon Bolivar said it best when he stated"The United States seems destined by fate to plague Latin America with misery in the name of freedom”.

  7. Follow up post #7 added on June 28, 2007 by MiamiCuban

    I don’t take Chavez’s words as a declaration of war at all.  He knows that if Venezuela sits around like a lame duck they’ll only end up like Iraq.  In light of what the U.S. has done to a defenseless country like Iraq (who DID NOT have WMD’s nor the means to fight against the strongest military in the world), Chavez is only trying to keep ahead of the game and protecting his country from those who want their oil.  What he’s doing is trying to PREVENT war.  The U.S. military went after Iraq after they were debiliated from 10 years of sanctions.  Chavez knows that being strong militarily will have Bush thinking twice about an all-out invasion.

  8. Follow up post #8 added on July 28, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    And further proof from this article Venezuela’s Chavez vows to continue Castro’s ‘struggle’ after Cuban leader’s death by title alone tells you that Chavez is the next Castro.

    When Fidel dies, watch for Chavez to have a long speech blaming the US for all that’s wrong with the world.

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