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    Default Hugo Chavez itching for war. . .

    This could get really bad. Any thoughts?

    Chavez Warns of War With Colombia - Forbes.com
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    Hm, oil involved...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mippus View Post
    Hm, oil involved...
    Oil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Oil?
    Yep! That's probably why it made the press as readily....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Yep! That's probably why it made the press as readily....
    I find his pretext for massing battalions at Colombia's border to be ludicrous. I didn't see oil mentioned in the article at all, but I would imagine that the trade they were discussing would include oil heading out of Venezuela. Still, this whole deal strikes me as saber-rattling from a jerk who is increasingly less popular domestically. The last thing the world needs is another flashpoint with the possibility of war on the flimsiest of excuses.
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    Hugo Chavez verbally blows things out of proportion in order to get things done- he's melodramatic but he's not stupid- there's going to be a few little skirmishes like mentioned and then everyone will begrudgingly appologize like the bigger and more powerful countries tell them to and go back to doing thier own thing. People in the border regions will still hold grudges and some murders may occur, but a war would be a bad political move for Chavez- saber rattling is a good one (wars are bloody, messy affairs and one in that region could last for years and be quite unpopular- on the other hand saber rattling just stirs up nationalism and often boosts a leader's support). Chavez isn't stupid- and that's why he's survived as long as he has- a war really isn't a possibility

    sorry- I find Chavez fascinating and have been following him for years I love latin american politics
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    Hugo Chavez verbally blows things out of proportion in order to get things done- he's melodramatic but he's not stupid- there's going to be a few little skirmishes like mentioned and then everyone will begrudgingly appologize like the bigger and more powerful countries tell them to and go back to doing thier own thing. People in the border regions will still hold grudges and some murders may occur, but a war would be a bad political move for Chavez- saber rattling is a good one (wars are bloody, messy affairs and one in that region could last for years and be quite unpopular- on the other hand saber rattling just stirs up nationalism and often boosts a leader's support). Chavez isn't stupid- and that's why he's survived as long as he has- a war really isn't a possibility

    sorry- I find Chavez fascinating and have been following him for years I love latin american politics

    I think he is a canny politician, but an awful, awful man. And I could see him getting in over his head if he makes a poor decision. I can't wait for him to disappear from the world scene.
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    I find him fascinating- I can't dislike him- the man's got balls (in the both literal and figurative sense)

    He's a brilliant politician and he won't slip up there- all of the leaders involved know that it's a disasterous move to get in a war- and all of them know that a little threat here and there will boost them politically

    not all national leaders are as dumb as some...
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    I find him fascinating- I can't dislike him- the man's got balls (in the both literal and figurative sense)

    He's a brilliant politician and he won't slip up there- all of the leaders involved know that it's a disasterous move to get in a war- and all of them know that a little threat here and there will boost them politically

    not all national leaders are as dumb as some...
    His policies make me want to vomit.
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    that's because you're more conservative and america-centric than I am!
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