AP - Leftist rebels fighting Colombia's U.S.-backed military have increasingly found refuge in Venezuela, where they get weapons, food, medical treatment and a smuggling route for the cocaine that keeps them afloat.
No one interviewed by AP — including retired Gen. Raul Baduel, a former close ally who recently split with Chavez — alleged or provided evidence that Chavez is personally involved in sheltering or militarily backing Colombian rebels.
RLCC: You will note from the article that few people were willing to be identified as the source of any of the information.
There is no doubt that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) cross the border. It's wide open. Something to consider is the degree to which FARC (versus the Columbian and U.S. governments) is the problem in the area. FARC has been highly militant. They have employed many tactics that are truly counter-productive to their image in the world. However, those things do not relieve the governments of Columbia and the U.S. of responsibility for many of the historic problems in the region. U.S. commercial and imperial interests have been the source of much turmoil, pain, suffering, and death. The FARC has received mixed support from the local indigenous peoples on account of the detrimental U.S. foreign policy that puts the wealthy first, always, and doesn't care about the general welfare of the common people and will and does back ruthless, torturous, totalitarian, police-states to get its hands on the resources of other people (stealing).
from on February 25, 2008, 3:00pm