Hugo Chávez the terrorist

So, Colombia’s incursion into Ecuador and killing of Farc leader Raul Reyes has led to strong protests from the government in Quito, and, rather unsurprisingly, also from the uninvolved Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chávez.

Chávez (who does not deserve an honorific) called the operation – and the killing of Reyes – a “cowardly murder” that was “coldly calculated”. Since when has the killing of a known terror leader been a “cowardly murder”? Sure, Chávez has been negotiating with the rebels, but he’s gone too far. He now sides with them – calling Reyes a “good revolutionary”. And that only makes him one of them – a Farc sympathiser – and that makes him nothing more than a terrorist.

To add to that, Chávez, whose government, remember, was totally uninvolved in this – has ordered his defence minister to move ten military battalions to the Colombian border – a clear and aggressive message that he wants war. Yet again with anti-American rhetoric flaring, he declared the move was to prevent the expansion of the North American empire.

And he’s managed to get his Ecuadoran counterpart, President Rafael Correa, to do the same. Ecuador, in addition to recalling its ambassador in Bogotá and expelling the Colombian envoy from Quito, has also moved troops to its northern border with Colombia.

In a twist to this, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe’s spokesman has announced that the Colombian raid in Ecuador found documents that suggested Mr Correa “has a relationship and commitments” with the rebel group. Colombia’s Police commander also said that they found proof that the dead rebel Reyes recently met an Ecuadoran minister.

Mr Correa hasn’t responded to the allegations yet, but if the accusation that Ecuador wanted to have official relations with Farc, a known terror organisation (and marked as such by the United States and European Union), is true, then Mr Correa and those in his government with this knowledge are no better than state sponsors of terrorism.