Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:17 PM
DonViejo (10,513 posts)
American conservatives warn of militant Islam's spread in Latin America
Is Venezuela harboring Hezbollah?
American conservatives warn of militant Islam's spread in Latin America. But their claims are hard to prove
BY SIMEON TEGEL, GLOBALPOST
LIMA, Peru — Is Venezuela providing operational support to Islamic terrorists?
That deadly serious question is increasingly troubling foreign policy and security experts as the South American country and Iran — which funds Hezbollah — move ever closer.
Despite deep cultural differences, a shared antagonism toward the US has drawn Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, into an unlikely political friendship in recent years.
“Iran is an example of struggle, resistance, dignity, revolution, strong faith,” Chavez said during one early visit to Tehran.
“We are two powerful countries. Iran is a power and Venezuela is becoming one. We want to create a bipolar world. We don’t want a single power .”
Beyond the rhetoric lies a strategic alliance that has seen Caracas, along with Damascus and Havana, vote against United Nations sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, and increasing Iranian investment in the Venezuelan economy, now worth more than $5 billion...
8 replies, 1023 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
American conservatives warn of militant Islam's spread in Latin America (Original post)
|Jeff In Milwaukee||Jan 2013||#6|
Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #2)
Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:10 AM
malthaussen (4,400 posts)
3. Yes , he did. See link:
I guess we're gearing up for a war a little closer to home. Oh, isn't it interesting that Venezuela is a major oil producer?
Response to DonViejo (Original post)
Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:30 PM
DFW (15,772 posts)
8. European sane people warn of militant conservatism's spread in North America
Personally, I find that far more frightening than a mosque opening in Caracas.