Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Crossing the River Into Colombia

This is the photograph I saw in my printed paper today.

"Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro extended indefinitely the closure of a popular border crossing with Colombia, while declaring a 60-day state of emergency in several cities in an attempt to reassert control in an area where three army officers were shot. Maduro last week announced a 72-hour closure of the crossing and hundreds of additional troops are patrolling for smugglers." 

Been so long since I've seen Venezuela mentioned in my paper.

Could we be looking at war in South America?

"Venezuela deports 1,000 Colombians in border dispute" Associated Press   August 25, 2015

CARACAS — Venezuelan security forces have deported hundreds of Colombians as part of a security offensive along the border that is increasing tensions between the two neighbors.

It's a "security offensive!" 

Honestly, folks, I'M TIRED of the CODED BIAS and GARBAGE that passes for pre$$ here in AmeriKa.

Governor Jose Gregorio Vielma Mora of Tachira state said Monday that 1,012 Colombians living in Venezuela illegally had been handed over to Colombian authorities as a result of a now five-day crackdown against smugglers and criminal gangs operating along the border.

Oh, they have that problem, too?!!!!!

President Nicolas Maduro last week closed a major crossing between the two countries and declared a state of emergency in several western cities after three army officers were wounded by gunmen who he said belonged to paramilitary gangs operating from Colombia. 

CIA-trained, no doubt.

While the assailants have not been caught or identified, the incident touched a nerve with supporters of Maduro’s socialist administration. They increasingly have blamed rampant crime and widespread shortages on Colombians.

As part of the state of emergency, Maduro deployed 1,500 extra troops to the border to search house by house for smugglers who thrive on purchasing goods in Venezuela at low prices and reselling them across the border for huge profits.

The number deported in recent days is now more than half the 1,772 people expelled last year from Venezuela, according to Colombian statistics.

They have overwhelmed a government-built shelter in the border city of Cucuta designed to provide assistance to returning nationals.

Vielma Mora, the Venezuelan governor, criticized Colombian authorities for not doing enough to secure the porous 1,400-mile border.


Also see: The Secret Agenda Behind the Venezuela-Guyana Conflict 

That's the other side of Venezuela, and it looks like a classic pincer tactic.