When I first heard this I immediately became concerned especially since there is that ongoing battle to get Russia out of Georgia. Then I heard that Hugo Chavez ordered U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Patrick Duddy to leave within 72 hours. That raised the alert level a couple of notches. Now the U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia Philip Goldberg was also ordered to leave Bolivia.
The whole thing sounds like one huge chess game in which both sides, Russia and the U.S. are positioning their pieces prior to the checkmate! Does the Cuban missile crisis ring a bell for anyone? Are we on the verge of yet another cold war that will turn HOT?
These are the scary scenarios that are taking place very quickly, maybe too quickly. I don’t think that any of this is a coincidence.
Here are the various links to these tense events:
From Times Online September 11, 2008
Russian bombers land in Venezuela as Kremlin flexes muscle
Two Russian strategic bombers have landed in Venezuela for military manouevres, as the Kremlin flexes its muscle amid a tense standoff with the United States over the war in Georgia.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the two Tupolev Tu-160 bombers had arrived in the country last night and that he hoped “to fly one of those things”. The deployment was part of a move towards a “multi-polar world”, he said in a televised address, adding: “The Yankee hegemony is finished.” More…
Chavez Orders U.S. Ambassador to Leave Venezuela Within 72 Hours
September 11th 2008, by Jose Orozco and Matthew Walter – Bloomberg
Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the U.S. ambassador to leave within 72 hours, in a show of support for Bolivian President Evo Morales, who also expelled the top U.S. diplomat from his country. More…
Bolivia orders U.S. ambassador out
LA PAZ, Bolivia, Sept. 11 (UPI) — Bolivian President Evo Morales ordered U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia Philip Goldberg to leave the country, accusing the diplomat of supporting rebellious groups. More…
The Next Cuban Missile Crisis?
September 9th 2008, by Nikolas Kozloff – NACLA
In a move that undoubtedly set off alarm bells in Washington, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced that Venezuelan and Russian ships could soon hold joint naval exercises in the Caribbean. More…