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Hugo continues to make friends
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Or not. Now he's alienated his neighbor, Colombia:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Monday that reconciliation is impossible with Colombia's president as the two leaders traded stern warnings in an escalating diplomatic crisis that threatens trade ties between the South American neighbors.

Chavez said Sunday he is putting relations "in the freezer" after President Alvaro Uribe ended the Venezuelan leader's role mediating with Colombia's leftist rebels. That announcement drew a strong rebuke from Uribe, who said Chavez's actions suggest he wants to see a "terrorist government" run by leftist rebels in Bogota.

The spat is the bitterest yet between Chavez and the U.S.-allied Uribe, who in the past have sought to cultivate cordial ties despite their deep ideological differences.

It could have serious economic consequences. The two countries are major commercial partners, with $4.1 billion in trade last year, about two-thirds of that in Colombian exports to Venezuela.

Neither leader announced any concrete plan, but Chavez said economic relations will be hurt as a result of Uribe's actions, which he called "a spit in the face."

Relations with Colombia have reached their "most serious crisis," Chavez said in a televised interview early Monday. While diplomatic channels may remain open, he said, "not reconciliation because it's impossible now. When it reaches these levels between two heads of state, it's impossible."

"We'll have to wait for a new government in Colombia we can talk with," Chavez said on state television. "I hope it arrives sooner than later."

He said Venezuela will be on alert to potential military threats from Colombia as well.
Well one thing you can say for him is he's "multi-tasking". He's working on passing a referendum this Sunday which will make him El Presidente for life (and per recent polls it is in serious trouble) while pissing off his neighbor enough to completely jeopardize their diplomatic relations and possibly trade relations as well. An amazing act. And that's not all he's done:
Chavez has also declared he is freezing relations with Spain until its king apologizes.
Wonderful. I can only encourage him to find more targets for his paranoid and childish tantrums. The more of the world he alienates, the faster we'll see him fall. And that fall can't come quickly enough if the country of Venezuela is to be saved some major future bloodshed. Because there is no way this guy is going to go quietly.
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I can’t WAIT for him to defy all logic and have the referendum ’pass’ even though everyone voted against it. We’ll have another Comandante then.

I’m telling you, a 10 cent bullet would come in handy here.
Written By: Joel C.
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The match type bullet for this sorta thing is going to cost more than ten cents.
Written By: Don
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Damn, Joel beat me to the punch. How long before someone puts a bullet in this guy? Someone should start a pool on a website.
Written By: Grimshaw
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He’s already positioning himself in claiming the election wasn’t fixed by predicting his critics will claim it was and will do things to disrupt it.

Like it’s not in the bag already.

Written By: looker
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Pet peeve alert; the country is Colombia. Two o’s.
Written By: Walter in Denver
Corrected - thanks.
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