“Hugo Chávez Seeks to Establish a Terrorist State in Colombia”: Uribe

Risk to upcoming elections, by municipality, presented by the presence of new groups, emergent gangs, remnants of demoblized paramilitaries, and “structures in formation.” See Infographic of the Week: Colombia’s Elections Observer Mission. Santander, is, if I am reading my map right, a red zone.

There is an organic link between the ParTy of the 40 gangsters, the agro-terrorist MST, the narco-terrorist FARC, the MIR and the kidnap-terrorist PPMR and the narco-retailing PCC, which now doubles as its armed wing, outsourcing terrorism in the service of ideology. Tribuna Nacional (Brazil), July 17, 2006 (from Google cache)

NGOs dream of using the criminal power and the weapons of the traffic in favor of a social revolution they deem to be imminent and inevitable … It is needful for us not to heed their caveats, and to assume the risks and the collateral damage. It would be impossible to be more explicit than the words of Gov. Sergio Cabral about the narcotraffickers: “They are terrorists, they are evildoers.” – Col. Mário Sérgio de Brito Duarte, former commander of BOPE, the “trooper elite” of the Rio military police — unofficial but highly publicized motto: “We kill to create a better world” – and currently in charge of strategic planning for the state Secretary of Public Security (SSP), Rio de Janeiro. See also BOPE Blogs: “Only the Hard Men Can Save the City”

It is very effective to mobilize mass support against a scapegoated enemy by claiming that the enemy is part of a vast insidious conspiracy against the common good. The conspiracist worldview sees secret plots by tiny cabals of evildoers as the major motor powering important historical events; makes irrational leaps of logic in analyzing factual evidence in order to “prove” connections, blames social conflicts on demonized scapegoats, and constructs a closed metaphysical worldview that is highly resistant to criticism. When conspiracist scapegoating occurs, the results can devastate a society, disrupting rational political discourse and creating targets who are harassed and even murdered. Public Eye, “Conspiracism”

“The antiestablishment alliance has begun to organize itself spontaneously, through a converence of enemies and phobias. This shared aversion is what holds together the left that failed in May 1968 with the other that came over the Berlin Wall when it fell, along with intellectuals that gave cover to communism and today regard the anti-Western surge of Islamic jihadism with complacency, anti-globalization other-worlders of various stripes, and various forms of indigenous rights movements, populism and religious fanaticism.” –Jose Maria Aznar; see Aznar on the Phantom Menace

 ‘Necesitamos mediación contra el terrorismo, no legitimadores del terrorismo’: Álvaro Uribe: “We need mediation against terrorism, not legitimation of terrorism,” says Uribe of the Chávez initiative to negotiate a humanitarian accord with the FARC, and its possible demobilization.

EL TIEMPO reports.

It also reports that former diplomats are saying — in diplomatic terms, of course — that they are having a hard time believing how mind-blowing undiplomatic this pronouncement was.

There is a school of thought in crisis communications according to which, when you face a scandal, the first thing you have to do is create massive moral panic over a counterscandal. Jorge Noguera has been observed doing just that, for example.

Uribe continues to face mounting pressure over the parapolitics affair — “Vote Quimby or my friend here will blow your brains out.” That friend belonging to a group classified as a terrorist organization by the United States government. See

Con esta alusión directa a Hugo Chávez, Uribe respondió sus ataques y el anuncio de congelar relaciones. Uribe también lo acusó de promover un proyecto expansionista que “no entrará a Colombia”.

With that direct allusion to Hugo Chávez,Uribe responded to his attacks and the announcement that relations will be frozen. Uribe also accused [Chávez] of promoting an expansionist project that [he promised] “will not enter Columbia.”

El presidente Uribe se refirió al tema desde Calamar (Bolívar), este domingo por la tarde.

The president addressed the topic from Calamar, in Bolívar province, on Sunday afternoon. 

“Sus palabras, sus actitudes dan la impresión de que usted no está interesado en la paz de Colombia, sino en que Colombia sea víctima de un gobierno de terrorista de las Farc”, agregó Uribe.

“Your words, your attitudes give the impression that you are not interested in peace in Colombia, but in having Colombia be the victim of a terrorist FARC government,” added Uribe. 

En otro aparte de su intervención, Uribe reiteró su acusación a Chávez como legitimador del terrorismo: “El pueblo de Colombia tiene todo el derecho de derrotar el terrorismo, tiene todo el derecho a aceptar mediaciones, pero no mediaciones que busquen el protagonismo político, el enseñoramiento político del terrorismo”.

At another point in his remarks, Uribe repeated the accusation that Chávez legitimizes terrorism: “The people of Colombia have every right to defeat terrorism, they have every right to accept mediation, but not mediation that seeks political influence, that seeks to establish the political dominance of terrorism.”

“Seguiremos haciendo todos los esfuerzos por derrotar al terrorismo, por recuperar nuestros conciudadanos secuestrados, pero no admitimos que se abuse de nuestra tragedia para darle la razón al terrorismo”, agregó Uribe.

“We will continue to make all efforts to defeat terrorism, to recover our kidnapped fellow citizens, but we well not allow our tragedy to be abused so as to apologize for terrorism,” he added.

Sobre la acusación a Chávez de estar promoviendo un proyecto expansionista, Uribe dijo en varios apartes de su intervención:

On the accusation that Chávez is promoting an expansionist project, Uribe said at various points in his remarks:

  • “Necesitamos que nos ayuden a superar esta tragedia del terrorismo, pero que no se aprovechen de la necesidad del acuerdo humanitario para invocar la ayuda a Colombia y venir simplemente a intervenir en ella, para fomentar un proyecto expansionista”.

“We need them to help us overcome this tragedy of terrorism, but not to take advantage of the need for a humanitarian accord to invoke assistance to Colombia and then come here with the intention of interfering, to advance an expansionist project.”

  • “No se puede maltratar al continente, incendiarlo, como usted lo hace, hablando de imperialismo cuando usted, en su presupuesto, quiere montar un imperio”.

“The continent cannot be mistreated, set on fire, as you are doing, speaking of imperialism when you, in your arrogance, are trying to establish an empire.”

  • “No admitimos que se abuse de nuestra tragedia para venir a incorporar a Colombia a un proyecto expansionista que poco a poco van negando las libertades, que con tanta dificultad este continente ha logrado conquistar”.

“We will not permit our tragedy to be exploited so that Colombia can be incorporated in an expansionist project that is little by little negating the civil liberties that this continent has struggled so hard to conquer.”

Uribe aseguró, incluso, que Chávez ha tergiversado el legado histórico Santander y Bolívar para respaldar ese proyecto expansionista:

Uribe even stated that Chávez has twisted the historical legacy of Santander and Bolívar in furtherance of his expansionist ambitions:  

  • “No se puede maltratar la historia, no se puede manchar la memoria de los héroes desfigurándolos en la demagogia popular para desorientar a los pueblos. El general Santander nos dio el ejemplo del apego a la ley. (…) No se puede burlar la ley como usted lo hace, tratando de maltratar al general Santander para sustituir la ley por el capricho personal”.

“History cannot be abused, the memory of heroes cannot be stained by twisting them with populist demagogy designed to confused the people. General Santander gave us an example of strict adherence to the rule of law. The law cannot be shunted aside as you are doing, trying to abuse Gen. Santander in order to replace the law with your own personal whims.”

Gen. Santander was President of Colombia, 1832-1837 after serving as Bólivar’s vice-president in the previous decade.  He was, reportedly, of Benthamite persuasion and is revered as a champion of legalism and constitutional formalism. Sort of a Rui Barbosa deles, I guess you might say.

  • “No se puede desorientar al pueblo interpretando mal el legado del Libertador Bolívar. El Libertador fue intergracionista, pero no expansionista. El Libertador dio la independencia a nuestras naciones pero no les trajo una nueva era de sometimiento. El Libertador no andaba tratando de sacar del territorio americano la dominación europea, para imponer, como usted quiere hacerlo, su propia denominación basada en su poderío de su presupuesto”.

“The people cannot be disoriented by misinterpretations of the legacy of Bolivar the Liberator. The Liberator was an integrationist, but not an expansionist. The Liberator gave independence to our nations but did not bring a new era of submission.

The Wikipedia article on Bolívar currently bears the following caveat:

Existen desacuerdos sobre la neutralidad en el punto de vista de la versión actual de este artículo.

There are Neutral Point of View disputes about the current version of this article.

Uribe también acusó a Chávez de querer obtener dividendos electorales de la situación: “Me preocupa mucho que usted, afanado por pretensiones electorales, ahora trate de apelar al viejo truco de estimular en Venezuela odio contra Colombia, y contra el gobierno de Colombia, para buscar su favorecimiento electoral”.

Uribe also accused Cháve of trying to obtain electoral advantage from the situation: “I am very concerned that you, with your electoral ambitions, are now trying to appeal to the old trick of stirring up hatred in Venezuela against Colombia, and against the government of Colombia, seeking your own advantage at the polls.” 

Uribe también acusó a la senadora Piedad Córdoba de haber discutido con integrantes de las Farc “la necesidad de un gobierno de transición” en Colombia.

Uribe also accused Sen. Córdoba of having discussed “the need for a transition government” with the FARC.

“Eso nos da el derecho a los colombianos a interpretar que la mediación a la cual lo invitó a usted la senadora (…) estaba más interesada en posibilitar un gobierno con influencias del terrorismo en Colombia, que en ayudarnos a superar la tragedia de los secuestrados y a conseguir la paz”, dijo Uribe.

“This gives us Colombians the right to conclude that the mediation to which the Senator invited you … was more interested in making possible a terrorist-influence government in Colombia, than in hepling us overcome the tragedy of the kidnapped and achieving peace,” said Uribe.

As far as I can read, the relatives of the kidnap victims have generally been waving their hands frantically at Uribe and mouthing the words, “Please shut up!”

They generally oppose armed rescue attempts on the hostages, for reasons that Garcia-Marquez’s Notícias de un Secuestro make fairly clear. The patient tends not to survive such successful operations.

El Presidente planteó que el enfrentamiento con Colombia no es un hecho aislado, sino uno más una larga cadena que ha protagonizado Chávez: “No se puede incendiar el continente como usted lo hace, hablando un día contra España, maltratando un día México, al siguiente al Perú, en la mañana después a Bolivia”.

Uribe posited that the confrontation with Colombia is not an isolated incident, but rather a long series of events in which Chávez has figured: “The continent cannot be set afire as you are doing, speaking one day against Spain, abusing Mexico the next, the next day Peru, the following morning Bolivia.”

Spain is on the continent of Europe.

Uribe se refirió solo con una frase al comunicado del Gobierno colombiano en el que se explicaba la decisión de poner fin a la mediación la senadora Piedad Córdoba y del Presidente Hugo Chávez para el intercambio humanitario, y que a juicio de este último estaba lleno de mentiras. “El comunicado de ayer es sustentado por nuestros antecedentes, por nuestros hechos y tiene testigos”.

Uribe uttered only a short remark on the Colombian government statement in which he explains the decision to end the mediation by Cordóba and Chávez towards a humanitarian exchange, saying that Chávez’s statements were full of lies. “Yesterday’s communiqué is backed by our prior history, by our actions, and there are witnesses.”

File under “Battle of the Bolivarian Blowhards.”

I always tend to think you should generally counter blowhard debating tactics with a contrasting appeal to calm and sweet reason, but Uribe tends to opt for the immediate and massive retaliatory counterstrike with radioactive Castillian bombast.


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