If War Breaks Out, Venezuela’s ‘Fifth Column’ Will Have to Be Confronted: El Universal, Venezuela
Hold on to your hats! As if there wasn’t enough conflict occurring at the present time, the war of words between Colombia and Venezuela seems to be escalating – along with the paranoia. And just as Washington has won permission to open seven military bases in Colombia.
This somewhat hair-raising article from Venezuela’s El Universal shows just how thorny such a war would be – and warns of ‘the enemy within’ in the case of a ‘Colombia-U.S.’ attack.
For El Universal, pro-Chavez columnist Clodovaldo Hernandez writes in part:
“We have to accept it: this fifth column, long stewing in its own juices (a thick broth of yearning to topple President Chávez at any cost), is a mystery that must be accounted for in any military equation. One doesn’t have to be a Clausewitz to figure that out.
“According to political scientist Prodigio Pérez, one mustn’t underestimate the number of internal allies of Colombian-U.S. forces, who, if war beyond the usual storm of declarations broke out, would strike Venezuela. ‘No less than 25 percent of Venezuelans would in some way work for the other side,’ he says without batting an eye.
“‘Are there that many traitors among us?’ I asked. Prodigio replied that in actuality, they are all patriots, but that everyone, as we all know, loves their country in their own way. “They [anti-Chavez Venezuelans] would gleefully support a Colombian-U.S. military operation in order to achieve their life-long dreams of regime change and the installation of their own style of democracy.”
By Clodovaldo Hernández
Translated By Halszka Czarnocka
November 7, 2009
Venezuela – El Universal Original Article (Spanish)
In a hypothetical war with the Commonwealth of Colombia, one must consider not only what Colombians living in Venezuela might do – of whom there are many, and what a pigheaded crowd they are! – but the possible actions of Uribe’s Venezuelan allies [Uribe is president of Colombia]. Take a look at their plans.
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