Columbia vs Venezuela.... FYI


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Dont know how this may affect imports, just FYI

\"CARACAS, Venezuela - Hundreds of Venezuelan troops deployed for the Colombian border on Tuesday under orders from President Hugo Chavez, who is sending about 9,000 soldiers to the frontier.

Hundreds of troops were seen boarding four buses and eight trucks at the Paramaracay base in the central city of Valencia on Tuesday morning, headed for the border. Their convoy also included fuel trucks and cranes. A helicopter flew overhead.

A base official, speaking on condition of anonymity because she wasn''t permitted to speak to reporters, said the troops were heading for the Colombian border, though she didn''t specify the location.

Elsewhere, in the northern state of Lara, pro-Chavez Gov. Luis Reyes said Tuesday that battalions in his state were heading for the border.

\"There are mobilizations in Lara state toward the border zone,\" Reyes, a former lieutenant colonel, told the Venezuelan television station Globovision.

The Venezuelan military has been tightlipped about the movement of troops since Sunday, when Chavez ordered 10 battalions to the border, including tanks.

Retired Gen. Alberto Muller Rojas, a former aide and close ally of Chavez, told The Associated Press that the 10 battalions being sent to the border region include approximately 9,000 men. He called the troop deployment entirely \"preventive.\"

Chavez deployed troops in response to Colombia''s killing of a top rebel leader on Ecuadorean soil over the weekend. Ecuador has also sent troops to its border with Colombia, denouncing the military strike as a violation of its sovereignty.

Venezuela''s military currently has about 100,000 regular troops and a growing force of reservists that now totals 280,000, said Muller, who in retirement is vice president of Chavez''s socialist party.

Colombia''s U.S.-backed military has 255,000 regular troops and 62,000 reservists, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.\" - ... ela_troops
More Chavismo from Hugo!

Seems Chavez has been covertly paying FARC to the tune of several hundred million in an effort to offset the US funding 600 million a year and now he has gotten his hand caught in the cookie jar after all of the digital trails were found in a computer snatched from the rebel camp in Ecuador.

Colombian coffee exports haven't be affected and the commodity markets hasn't reacted, nor from what I can read, has the Colombian military started to march their troops to the border.

Chavez would love nothing more than to start a war and work towards his goal of a US of SA.