>– Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, New Red Brigades Send Reps to Chavez Terrorist Conclave, Bolivarian Continental Coordination/Movement
– Honduras’ Top Anti-Drug Cop Assassinated, Security Detail Absent; Second Retired Military Officer Gunned Down on Same Day
– Mexico Negotiates Zelaya’s Departure from Honduras, Deposed President Denies Statement from Chief of Staff that He Plans to Attend ALBA Summit in Havana
Pictured above: President Hugo Chavez drives Argentine counterpart Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (left) and her defense minister, Nilda Garre (back seat), in a military vehicle, as they visit a shipyard, in Buenos Aires, on December 9. Argentina’s Peronist president is a reliable center-left ally of Venezuela’s communist dictator. Chavez and Kirchner signed 14 cooperation accords during his visit to Argentina.
War is coming to South America and possibly Central America in the near future. For months we have assembled evidence that Latin America’s Red Axis is preparing for a military conflict with anti-communist hold-out Colombia and errant Red Axis member Honduras. The MSM now acknowledges that there is a potential for an armed clash between Venezuela and Colombia. What is not acknowledged is the possibility that the Red Axis is preparing to attack Honduras too.
This past Monday Chavez announced that his army is taking delivery of thousands of Russian-made missiles and rocket launchers, to be used against Colombian and US troops in the event of a hot war. “Thousands of missiles are arriving,” he boasted, adding: “They are preparing a war against us. Preparing is one of the best ways to neutralize it. Russian tanks, including T-72s, will be arriving to strengthen our armored divisions.”
The former paratrooper did not specify what type of missiles, but admitted Venezuela’s arsenal includes Russian-built Igla-1S surface-to-air missiles and rocket-propelled grenades. Since 2005 Venezuela has bought more than US$4 billion worth of Russian arms, including 24 Sukhoi fighter jets, more than 100 military helicopters, and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles. In September Moscow opened a US$2.2 billion line of credit for Venezuela to purchase even more weapons. In the central state of Aragua, as we reported some days ago, Russian engineers are presently overseeing the construction of plants that will manufacture still more Kalashnikovs and their cartridges.
Venezuela, like Cuba, has well and truly become a Soviet satellite in the Western Hemisphere. In 2007, during one of Chavez’s annual arms shopping sprees in Moscow, Gennady Zyuganov, Chairman of the (secretly ruling) Communist Party of the Russian Federation, addressed the Venezuelan president as “comrade” and referred to him as a “reliable friend.” No kidding.
Both Bogota and Washington deny having any plans to attack Venezuela. This is probably true since US President Barack Hussein Obama’s socialist administration gives no evidence of viewing with alarm the publicly articulated geopolitical aspirations of the region’s Moscow-backed Red Axis. Chavez claims an agreement between the two capitals allowing the US military to deploy 800 troops across seven Colombian military bases poses a threat to his country. The Colombian government insists that the deal is intended only to suppress the narco-terrorist operations of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the smaller National Liberation Army. However, if Venezuela goes on the offensive, then the USA will be obligated to come to Colombia’s aid since the FARC is already carrying out joint operations with Venezuela’s military.
Meanwhile, even as he prepares to plunge South America into war, Chavez has been busy hosting several communist-terrorist conclaves in Caracas. Last month the International Encounter of Left Parties converged in the Western Hemisphere’s new “Red Mecca.” There Chavez and his revolutionary comrades from elsewhere in the region and also around the world, including El Salvador’s “ex”-guerrilla vice president Salvador Sanchez Ceren, called for the formation of a “Fifth International,” to be launched next year.
This Tuesday, with little international fanfare, Chavez once again embraced the world’s overtly terrorist organizations at the second summit of the highly subversive Bolivarian Continental Coordination (CCB), the primary founder of which was the FARC in 2004. In addition to representing his own United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Chavez rubbed elbows with guerrilla fighters from the FARC; Euskadi Ta Akatasuna (ETA), Spain’s Basque insurgent army; the New Red Brigades/Communist Combatant Party, Italy’s Marxist insurgent army; and other armed groups seeking violent revolution in Latin America and on other continents. Incidentally, your resident blogger’s master’s thesis, published in 1995, dealt with the subject of ETA terrorism and Basque nationalism.
Present, too, at the CCB shindig were representatives from the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV), which holds seats in the country’s National Assembly and openly backs the ruling PSUV; and the Communist Party of El Salvador, which was one of the five groups that merged 30 years ago into the now-ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN). Yul Jabour, a PCV cadre, declared: “Our movement agrees with the ideals of any insurgent movement.” Other delegates came from as far away as Turkey and Australia. During the meeting the 950 delegates from 26 countries elected to change the organization’s name to Bolivarian Continental Movement (CBM).
According to World Net Daily founder Joseph Farah, the FARC is the primary founder and funder of the CCB. In a July 7, 2005 email sent from slain FARC commander Raul Reyes to other insurgent leaders, Reyes complains that the guerrilla army was “not receiving enough credit for its leadership in the CCB, while recognizing that such participation could not be public.” The first CCB summit took place in late February 2008 in Quito, Ecuador. At the time CCB delegates made numerous visits to the FARC camp in Ecuador where Reyes was based. This collusion between Latin America’s intellectual left and the FARC provoked the Colombian government to bomb the camp, killing Reyes and others and leading to the week-long Andean Crisis.
Although the “vast majority of the armed left and right,” writes Farah, integrated into Latin America’s political systems after the Cold War, and although “the necessity of armed revolution has passed,” Chavez evidently desires to “re-start the bloodshed” as a “measure of his megalomania and authoritarianism.”
Alarmed by Chavez’s open consorting with Marxist terrorists, Colombian Armed Forces commander General Freddy Padilla demanded that international delegates at the CCB/CBM summit “not to act as accomplices of the FARC.” In an open letter, Padilla denounced the content of a communique sent to the summit by the FARC’s top commander “Alfonso Cano,” who stressed the “urgent duty to form an international network to resist the increase of U.S. influence in the region.”
In this communiqué Cano contends that the new US-Colombian pact “seeks to destabilize the processes of democratization and independence taking place in Latin America.” General Padilla responded by writing: “No civilized society in the world accepts the support or recognition of organizations that claim to be a spokesman for the needy while using violent and dehumanizing methods to try to achieve their goals. The articles of regulation of war must be respected so that the glory of Colombia is not defiled by blood.”
For its part, explains Colombia Reports, the CCB/CBM claims “Colombia is a paramilitary state” and vowed to “defend the Venezuelan revolution against imperialist threats.” On Wednesday Colombia’s Foreign Ministry requested the government of Venezuela to confirm or deny whether it “recognizes, approves or tolerates movements or parties that support terrorism and condone organized crime.”
According to Berta Joubert-Ceci, Chavez hosted the founding congress that gave birth to the CCB in November 2003, the first Bolivarian Congress of the Peoples, held, of course, in Caracas. The groups represented on the Congress’s Provisional Secretariat included Venezuela’s Bolivarian Circles, Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement, the Communist Party of Cuba (then and still ruling), Ecuador’s Indigenous Pachakutik Movement, Bolivia’s Movement toward Socialism (since ruling), Argentina’s Piquetero Movement, and El Salvador’s FMLN (since ruling). Joubert-Ceci relates the CCB’s unabashedly communist orientation:
The Continental Bolivarian Coordination is an attempt by the Latin American left to re-establish republics on the basis of true democracy and the sharing of wealth. This Coordinadora directly calls for rebellion against U.S. imperialism.
Venezuela and Cuba are key in providing venues and political space for many of these meetings. In fact, it is written in the new Venezuelan Bolivarian Constitution that “the Republic will promote and favor Latin American and Caribbean integration, to advance toward the creation of a Community of Nations, defending the economic, social, political and environmental interests of the region.”
In February 2008 the Peruvian government–which is pro-Washington and, like Colombia, a primary target for subversion by the Soviet/ Cuban/Venezuelan-backed “Bolivarian Revolution”–detained seven members of the Peru chapter of the CCB after they returned from the organization’s first summit in neighboring Ecuador. According to Peru’s attorney general, the CCB cadres planned to carry out terrorist operations against the Latin American-European Union and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summits, held in Lima in May and November of that year.
The Communist Bloc is pursuing a multi-pronged strategy in its quest to conquer the Western Hemisphere and destroy the USA, the main barrier to its unchallenged supremacy in the world. Among other objectives, the world communist movement is seeking to:
1) install Moscow-backed communist and leftist regimes throughout the region, especially in countries with pro-Washington governments, like Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Colombia, and Peru,
2) corrupt politicians and foment narco-communist insurgencies to destabilize and overthrow the “bourgeois” governments in these countries,
3) flood the USA with illegal recreational drugs to a) destroy the civilian population’s will to resist communism, let alone its ability to perceive the threat, b) divert the federal government’s security and intelligence apparatus, law enforcement and other resources away from countering domestic and foreign communist influences toward the “War on Drugs,” and c) fill the bank accounts of Latin America’s ruling and non-ruling communist parties to fund the exporting of communist revolution.
In its wake, the Soviet-sponsored drug trade is leaving a wake of death and destruction that only expands as it moves northward to the US-Mexican border. Occasional high-profile drug busts absolve the red regimes of any complicity in the drug trade. Most of South America’s cocaine originate in the FARC-controlled zones of Colombia, the Shining Path-controlled zones of Peru, and in communist-controlled Bolivia, while communist-controlled Ecuador has become an important transportation corridor. It would appear that Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa and Bolivian President Evo Morales have purposely evicted US counter-narcotics forces from their countries to both protect the Red Axis’ multi-billion-dollar racket and facilitate the pre-revolutionary subversion of the USA.
The day-to-day role of Communist Cuba, Sandinista Nicaragua, and Manuel Noriega’s Panama in the transportation of Colombian cocaine into the USA was well documented by terrorism experts like Joseph Douglass in 1990’s still very relevant Red Cocaine. With the rise of Chavez to power in Venezuela nine years later the Castro Bros. and Ortega handed the baton to South America’s top commie thug.
Meanwhile, between 1993 and 1995 the Colombia National Police, with help from the US Army’s Delta Force, successfully wiped out the Medellin and Cali drug cartels, creating a power vacuum that the Mexican drug lords filled by the early 2000s with some assistance from “ex”-KGB agents. Incidentally, in early 2006 then Russian President Vladimir Putin reminded the world that: “There is no such thing as a former KGB man.”
The Mexican drug lords have also transformed Panama into a base of operations, while Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) controls the street-level drug distribution in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and the USA. Occasionally, drug operatives with a bit more ingenuity and daring will build makeshift submarines and transport their “stuff” north along Central America’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
As we reported shortly after the Honduran “coup,” the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya deprived Chavez of another “catch” for the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), but also an important ally in the drug trade. Following the Honduran general election Zelaya appears to have given up hope of re-entering politics. He is stilled holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, waiting for the Mexican government to negotiate his physical egress from the country. Mexico City has offered to provide Zelaya and his family with an aircraft to leave Honduras for destinations unknown. “I’m absolutely not seeking asylum in any country in the world,” he said, adding: “It is up to acting President Roberto Micheletti to guarantee my transport to the airport.”
Interviewed earlier by Venezuela’s Telesur television channel, Zelaya related that he intended to visit several countries whose governments have supported him. This would no doubt include Venezuela and Nicaragua. Zelaya, however, would not confirm comments made to Telesur by his chief of staff, Enrique Flores Lanza, to the effect that he was planning to travel with his family to Mexico and then Cuba to attend the next ALBA summit. There Zelaya will no doubt confer with his “handlers,” Chavez and Raul Castro.
The Venezuelan dictator, as one might expect, is already in his other homeland, rubbing elbows with his Cuban counterpart as they set the agenda for the ALBA delegates who will meet this weekend. In addition to Russia, Chavez likes to make frequent visits to Cuba. Barely two weeks ago, only hours before the communist state kicked off its Bastion 2009 military drill, he made an unannounced trip to Havana.
Although it is likely that Honduras’ next president, conservative cattle rancher Porfirio Lobo, will probably pull his country out of ALBA, the Red Axis’ drug apparatus has yet to be evicted from the country. Drug planes continue to fly into Honduras from Colombia, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, using covert airstrips or, as needed, remote stretches of highway.
High-ranking government officials involved in counter-narcotics operations are also high-visibility targets. On Tuesday, for example, General Julian Gonzalez, chief of the Office for Combatting Drug Trafficking, was gunned down in his SUV by two people on a motorcycle. Although the general was usually accompanied by bodyguards, on this occasion Gonzalez had just driven his daughter to school in the northern district of Tegucigalpa. The fact that Gonzalez’s assassins struck when he was without his regular security detail, indicates a certain amount of intelligence collection and planning preceded the “hit.”
Not so coincidentally, on the same day retired army Colonel Osiris O’Connor and his driver were gunned down in El Eden, a district in Honduras’ Caribbean province of Cortes. Osiris was related to Colonel Erin O’Connor, who is in charge of internal security for the Honduran legislature. Erin is related to interim President Micheletti, although Osiris was not directly so.
Pictured here: On September 12, 2009 Nicaraguan soldiers march through Managua in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Sandinista Popular Army.
The Red Axis’ drug apparatus has yet to be evicted from Nicaragua too. On December 9 two naval personnel and one drug smuggler were killed during a clash in Caribe Norte province. The killings occurred near the coastal community of Walpa Siksa. General Omar Halleslevens described the incident: “We are in the zone. People are already under arrest. There is even one person who was captured with a kilo of cocaine and a quantity of dollars.”
If the neo-Sandinista regime is once again involved in this illicit network, along with its ideological comrades in the Chavezista regime, then it would appear that only a small cabal is involved. Major General Julio Aviles, who is taking over fellow Sandinista Halleslevens’ post next February, fought against the Somoza regime, afterwards received military training in Cuba in order to suppress the Contras, and later became chief of military intelligence and counter-intelligence. It is more probable that the 52-year-old Aviles is aware of or involved in such a criminal-political enterprise on behalf of Comandante Ortega. However, we can only speculate at this time until hard data becomes available. During the 1980s Sandinista Interior Minister Tomas Borge, now Nicaragua’s ambassador to Peru, was accused of helping the Medellin Cartel set up cocaine labs in this Central American country.
Finally, BigGovernment.com is raising questions about President Barack Hussein Obama’s nominee for ambassador to communist El Salvador, Mari Del Carmen Aponte. In 1998 President Bill Clinton, whose wife Hillary, of course, is now Obama’s secretary of state, nominated Aponte to be ambassador to the Dominican Republic. At the time Aponte was forced to withdraw her name from consideration over allegations of ties to Cuba’s General Intelligence Directorate (DGI), presently known simply as the Intelligence Directorate (DI).
On January 25, 1999 the Washington Times reported: “Miss Aponte’s withdrawal from consideration for the Dominican Republic post came after she was questioned by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about her contacts with Cuban government employees or agents. She told the panel that her experience with Mr. Tamayo and Cuban agents had sensitized her to future contacts that might involve Cuban influence.”
On February 22 of the same year, Insight on the News reported: “According to a confidential intelligence memo delivered to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms of North Carolina, first published by Insight several months ago, Aponte allegedly cohabited with an agent of the Cuban intelligence service, known as DGI. The man, who was not named in the memo, later was identified in follow-up press reports as Roberto Tamayo.” Aponte was later cleared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In spite of this, the Clinton Administration declined to nominate Aponte to any other federal appointments.
In view of the cozy relationship between Communist Cuba and El Salvador’s new FMLN regime, the appointment of the pro-Cuban Aponte as US ambassador to San Salvador may not be the brightest idea. However, the Hispanic National Bar Association thinks otherwise: “The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) commends President Barack H. Obama for the nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte as United States Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador.” The HBNA gushes: “Ms. Aponte has been an active member of the HNBA for the past thirty years and was the first Latina to serve as National President of the Association (1983-1984).”
Speaking of Cuban agents, on Tuesday US District Judge Joan Lenard slightly reduced the prison terms of two convicted “Cuban Five” spies. In 1998 Ramon Labanino and Fernando Gonzalez were arrested along with three other Cuban agents. Prosecutors asserted that Labanino and Gonzalez formed the so-called “Wasp Network” sent to the USA to infiltrate exile groups opposed to Cuba’s communist regime and penetrate military facilities.