I love this article. Mostly because it shines the light of the truth onto Hugo Chavez. I love that they called out that Chavez wants to “run the economy for his personal political benefit” and that they’re also calling Chavez out on his love and support of the FARC.
I’m happy that Colombia has begun to pull itself out from the doldrums that they were in before Uribe came to power. I can see Brazil and Colombia becoming economic power houses while Venezuela, getting ransacked by the chavistas, flails in the wind.
August 11, 2010: Venezuela has halted its warlike talk and announced a willingness to restore normal diplomatic and economic relations with Colombia. The cause is a newly elected president (Juan Manuel Santos) taking charge in Colombia. Venezuela has been threatening war with Colombia as a way to distract its population from growing economic distress. These problems were caused by leftist Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and his attempts to run the economy for his personal political benefit.
Meanwhile, Chavez insists that he is not allowing Colombian drug gangs and leftist rebels (especially FARC) to operate from Venezuelan sanctuaries. But there is a growing body of evidence that FARC and the drug gangs are there (despite Chavez sending more and more troops to the border, and their efforts to keep people away from whatever is happening there). Chavez is again publicly urging FARC to release all its kidnap victims and lay down its arms (as Uribe had convinced the anti-leftist militias to do). Chavez has talked like this before, and is doing it again, apparently just for the PR benefit, because the drug gangs and FARC do not pay any attention. Chavez is becoming an embarrassment for other leftist leaders in South America, but not to the extent that Chavez is openly criticized by fellow leftists.
Former Colombian president Uribe is disliked by other South American leaders, who tend to be leftist and in favor of more state control of the economy. Uribe used a system more like what is found in the United States, and China. Most of Colombia was pacified during the eight years of Uribe’s rule, and Colombians were allowed to go about their business. Crime and terrorist violence declined more than 50 percent in the last eight years, and the economy flourished, far surpassing such growth in neighboring countries. Even international tourism is up (17 percent in the last year) in Colombia. That’s a sure sign that the rest of the world believes what is happening in Colombia, despite the paranoid fantasies of the leftist neighbors.