Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack
....... We are not the parents but I am just trying to point out a double standard which is developing. That it is OK for Chavez to threaten invasion...and possibly invade for an incident that had nothing to do with Venezuela. Why does he get a free pass? If the US put thousands of troops on the border with Venezuela the show of outrage would be deafening.
Fair enough, and I don't believe Chavez has the right to invade, you are correct. But so far the buildup is all for show and standard procedure when your neighbors are about to have a scuffle, and blame you directly for the problems (The 3 million funding they claim Chavez's government gave the group) - Which sounds kinda like they may take pot shots inside their border, just like they did when they killed these rebels in Ecuador.
Columbia's actions of incursion have automatically created this military buildup. Chavez does like to shoot his mouth off, but I've noticed he knows when to bite his tounge and when he says something, he usually sticks to it. He claims they do not want war, but will not tolerate interference beyond their borders from who he determined is the enemy.
Seems fair enough to me. If he makes the first military move in this situation, then yeah, he'd be out of line. But he's building up in what appears to be defense and he's backing Ecuador due to common interests.... Canada, the US or any other country which has allies would probably do the same.