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Wednesday, February 27, 2008


The industrial size pot calling the grain of sand black

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is purchasing 'three or four times' more weapons than he needs [100,000 AK-103's and 104's], a top U.S. intelligence chief said Wednesday, but there is no evidence so far he is providing arms to Colombian guerrillas.
Yes, and he ought to know, since he's the one in charge of planning the attack for which the weapons will be needed.

Much further down in the story, and away from the headline, we find Gen. Michael Maples, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, revealing that he knows very well what the weapons are intended for:

"We have seen them go into armories," he said. "And we do hear discussion within Venezuela about using asymmetric kinds of capabilities and tactics and empowering the population in some way, in a home guard sense."
What a radical concept - empowering the population to repel an attack. Hugo Chávez has learned the lessons of the Bay of Pigs (and of Allende's Chile), and is prepared to repeat the former and not the latter. Maples knows this very well, of course, which is why he's beating the scary drums of Venezuela having "too many weapons." As long as there is imperialism in the world, you cannot have "too many weapons."

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