Standing next to Diego Marandona, the Argentinean futbol star and coach, President Hugo Chavez broke relations today with Colombia, arguing it was a matter of “dignity”, without referring to the dignity of the company in which he was making the announcement, a totally frivolous and unnecessary event. He has done it before and threatened it many times. In fact, last time, Chavez even threatened to nationalize Colombian companies and the previous time he ordered troops mobilized to the border with Colombia. I am sure he will set up some form of show this time around, telling us how Colombia wants to attack us. Curiously, not a single reply by Venezuela’s Ambassador to the OAS as to the truth of some 87 guerrilla bases that the Colombian Government says are within the borders of Venezuela.
The CNE withdrew its invitation to Colombian observers for the elections on September 26th., which was probably done without consulting with the Board, Chavez put troops on alert at the border and within minutes the National Assembly should condemn Colombia.