Venezuela: Thoughts About a Possible Conflict with Colombia

The Venezuelan blogosphere also had their opinions about new clashes arising between the Venezuelan and Colombian governments. As it is common in the political atmosphere of the country, opinions are divided between the views on the ongoing confrontation. On one hand, this clash is seen as another way to distract attention away from the problems inside the country; whereas, on the other hand, others see it as a move to preserve sovereignty in the face of a US military presence on bases in Colombia.

Photo of Venezuelan flag in smoke by ··· Mango Verde con Sal ··· and used under a Creative Commons license.

Photo of Venezuelan flag in smoke by ··· Mango Verde con Sal ··· and used under a Creative Commons license.

The international and Venezuelan public opinion still wonders if Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's intentions of war are serious, while they explore the real possibilities of Venezuela getting into an armed conflict for which the nation does not seem prepared. Meanwhile, violent incidents along the border raise tensions and puts a veil on a situation, making it difficult for a reconciliation between the two countries anytime soon. However, the most expanded opinion in the blogosphere makes it clear that a war in ths region would be a conflict among people with a very close historical background and a very deep cultural attachment.

Daniel, through his blog Venezuela News and Views quotes a very controversial Venezuelan ex-president and gives his point of view:

… Translating this communique and publishing me puts me on record as someone that will not go to war against Colombia. If Colombia were to attack is a different matter but I would need proof of it since, courtesy to the FARC and even the ELN, Chavez could create a pretext to make it look like Colombia attacked.(…)

In other words, unless proven that indeed the US and Colombia are preparing an invasion to Venezuela, which odds for me are about <0.01% , I am in open refusal and thus a traitor by chavista canon. Not to mention that I am a pacifist, a conscience objector, and cannot justify any war unless overt aggression is clearly proved. And even then I would be unable to hold a gun and shoot, and would be of any use only at some hospital or such service(…)

Gandica, from the blog Enigma Press [es] gives an original idea:

Ahora bien esta es mi posición: Si estalla la guerra entre Venezuela-Colombia invito a la comunidad virtual de blogs de Venezuela a salir con la bandera colombiana. Y a toda la tribu electrónica colombiana a salir con la bandera de Venezuela. Y combatiremos -en esta guerra entre Venezuela y Colombia- a punta de balas de aguardiente y balas de ron en una zona temporal autónoma bajo los explosivos tonos del vallenato y nuestros joropos llaneros. Y después del combate, ebrios de felicidad, nos abrazaremos y reiremos como nunca antes. Que los políticos de Venezuela y Colombia y sus poderosos intereses y los perros de la guerra-Venezuela-Colombia se despedacen entre ellos.

This is my position: If a war breaks out between Venezuela and Colombia, I invite the Venezuelan online community to go to the streets with the Colombian flag… and all the Colombian online community to go to the streets with the Venezuelan flag. We will fight –in this war between Venezuela and Colombia- with hard liquor and rum bullets in a temporal autonomous zone subjected to the explosive sound of (musical styles) vallenato and joropos llaneros. And after the battle, drunk with happiness, we will hug each other and laugh as never before. Let the Venezuelan and Colombian politician and their powerful interests and the Venezuela-Colombia’s war dogs tear each other apart.

Facebook has also been a tool to express the disapproval on this growing conflict. The group “Paz entre Colombia y Venezuela (Peace between Colombia and Venezuela)” looks for people online to join and discuss.

This is their main objective:

Este grupo no es para discutir si Chavez es bueno o malo o si Uribe hace las cosas bien o no, es solo para que, independientemente de la ideología política de cada uno de los miembros de este grupo nos unamos para RECHAZAR ROTUNDAMENTE UNA POSIBLE GUERRA ENTRE LOS PUEBLOS HERMANOS!.

This group is not aimed at discussing whether Chavez is good or bad or whether Uribe is doing things right or not, but, regardless of the political ideas of the members of the group, we get together in order to STRONGLY REJECT A POTENTIAL WAR BETWEEN SIBLINGS.

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