Friday, March 25, 2011

Chavez's new arms

With the acquisition of hundreds of tanks, helicopters and bulletproof vehicles as well as submarines and missile networks, Venezuela is arming itself at a speed unprecedented in the history of the South American country.

Experts consulted by El Nuevo Herald have said that Hugo Chávez’s has created unrest in the region with purchases to expand its military that total more than $15 billion.

. . . Some analysts said that the purchases made so far add up to about $30 billion, a figure Chávez himself has said he wishes to spend to modernize the country’s armed forces.

. . . The [purchases] . . . have generated unrest within the U.S State Dept., which fears that some might end up in the hands of Colombian guerrillas with devastating results against the helicopters their neighbor country uses to fight rebel forces.

"[M]ight end up in the hands of . . . guerrillas"?

How about "definitely" end up in the hands of foreign terrorists.

But, don't expect any U.S. government pressure on the sellers until it's too late.

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