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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:17 PM

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...

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more:
http://www.salon.com/2013/01/08/is_venezuela_harboring_hezbollah/

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Reply American conservatives warn of militant Islam's spread in Latin America (Original post)
DonViejo Jan 2013 OP
davidpdx Jan 2013 #1
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #2
malthaussen Jan 2013 #3
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #5
Jeff In Milwaukee Jan 2013 #6
bemildred Jan 2013 #4
Odin2005 Jan 2013 #7
DFW Jan 2013 #8

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:44 AM

1. The two guys are friends

Since Iranians are terrorist, then Venezuelans are terrorists. You have to love the lack of logic.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 01:05 AM

2. Didn't we just pass some sort of law or resolution about this recently

in Congress, and Obama signed it? I don't know what to think.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:10 AM

3. Yes , he did. See link:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014350442

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?

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:48 AM

5. Thanks.

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:04 AM

6. Oh, I'm sure that's just a coincidence...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:17 AM

4. Muslims, the new Commies. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 01:27 PM

7. This is the most idiotic scare-mongering I've seen in a while.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:30 PM

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.

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