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Tension in Latin America

by Ashley Grashaw
Mar 5, 2008

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This past Saturday, Colombian forces crossed into Ecuador and killed some twenty guerrilla rebels, including a top FARC leader, who were taking refuge there. Colombia officials discovered a FARC laptop which they claim contains evidence that the rebels had been seeking radioactive material to make a bomb, and that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez channeled $ 300 million to the FARC. Venezuela and Ecuador have deployed troops to their borders in response to Colombia's raid, and President Chavez called Colombia the "Israel of Latin America."

Most Latin American countries, including powerhouse Brazil, have condemned the raid and are calling on Colombia to apologize. But President Bush said we will stand by Colombia, who has been a longtime ally of the U.S. Today we will talk to Julia Sweig, Director of Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and to Michael Evans, the Director of the Colombia Documentation Project at the National Security Archive, about the political implications of these recent events. If you have questions about the tensions between Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, or about the roles of the U.S. and the FARC, leave them here.

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