Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s President, has established an anti-American agenda since he became president. It is not a surprise to some people to read articles like the ones posted on America’s Forum web site. However, the implications for Latin America exposed in the articles linked bellow are real and dangerous.
According to the articles, Hugo Chavez hosted a terrorist summit in Venezuela’s Military Intelligence Fort Tiuna in Caracas back in August 2010. The meeting had representatives from Hamas, Hezbollah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Chavez has become the perfect seed that terrorism needs to spread its radical ideas.
Chavez’ influence in countries like Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, etc., is an asset to terrorists’ cells. In Ecuador, terrorists have a different incentive to promote their fight against the western hemisphere. Ecuador uses the United States Dollar as currency. Money laundering in dollars is an advantageous tool for terrorism to finance its operations. The Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) 2010 report shows that in Ecuador money laundering takes place at an alarming rate.
As America’s Forum article, “Chavez Hosts Terrorist Summit in Venezuela” reads the following:
"We assume that they are virtually present in all Latin American countries, and these people have the determination to attack America… We believe this is the kind of things that would be discussed at the summit, their ability to take their fight to the Western Hemisphere.''
Two questions come to mind:
1)How far will Chavez go to execute his anti-American agenda?
2)Which countries in Latin America are following Venezuela’s lead and opening up their borders to terrorists?