HUGO CHAVEZ'S AMAZING AND SAVVY HANDLING OF DOMESTIC AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Hugo Chavez never ceases to amaze. Right after he very wisely reverses a decree to have neighbors spy on each other, he calls upon the FARC to give up.

He is absolutely correct that the FARC is being used as an excuse by the fascists to more than meddle in Latin American affairs. Chavez is right that the FARC should disband. They all should go into peaceful pursuits for the long-term sake of their region. By disbanding, they will do more to weaken the neocons' evil hands than any fighting they could ever do.

Hugo Chavez is really getting some sound advice. Let's hope he continues heeding. This just gives him great ground upon which to stand when questioning the U.S. as to exactly what it is that he is doing that they hate so much other than depriving them of what they covet that belongs to the people: Venezuela's oil and other natural resources?

Chavez ends support of Farc rebels
By Jeremy McDermott in Medellin
Last Updated: 10:29PM BST 09/06/2008
Hugo Chavez said he was ending his support for Colombia's Marxist guerillas, robbing them of their most public and powerful ally.

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Farc rebels on patrol. Such displays of strength may be a thing of the past after their main ally, Hugo Chavez, withdrew his support

The Venezuelan president said the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were "history", and called on them to release their hostages and end a decades-long war with the government.

"Enough of so much war, it is time to sit down and talk of peace," he said. "The guerrilla has passed into history.

"You in the Farc should know something: You have become an excuse for the empire to threaten all of us," he said, referring to the United States. "The day that peace arrives in Colombia, the empire will have no excuses."

He directly addressed the organisation's leader, Alfonso Cano, to tell him to release their hostages "in exchange for nothing".

The comments were a complete change of tack for Mr Chavez, who earlier this year asked the European Union to take the Farc off its list of terrorist organisations and recognise it as a legitimate guerrilla army.

The Colombian government, which accuses Mr Chavez of funding the Farc and giving it safe haven, welcomed the comments.

"He is a great defender and ally of the guerrillas, so it is very surprising," said Interior Minister Carlos Holguin. "But it's great, and I hope FARC hears him."

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The Farc was formed as the military wing of the Colombian Communist Party in the 1960s.
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At present it has an estimated 9,000 fighters, and holds around 750 hostages.

Mr Chavez comments are just the latest in a series of setback that have the Farc reeling and put them in their most vulnerable position in 44 years of fighting.

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