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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the same that has said “I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet”, and “The U.S. throws stones to Latin America”, has acquired thousands of missiles from the Russian government to supposedly aid Venezuela in a conflict with Colombia. However, as reported by the Associated Press, Colombia and Washington deny having any plans to attack Venezuela, but Chavez argues they are plotting together a military offensive against Venezuela. He argues that the weapons accumulation is merely a precautionary measure.
With President Chavez’s long history of hate towards the USA, one has to wonder why our supposed friend Russia would provide him with such a weapons cache. And this is just a tip of the iceberg in that which Russia has provided Venezuela and is yet to provide in the future. They have in the past, since 2005, allowed Chavez to purchase 24 Sukhoi fighter jets, dozens of attack helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles. And soon the Venezuelan President will be also acquiring Russian tanks. The Russian government has given him a $2.2 billion dollar line of credit in which Chavez can use to continue to purchase military arms.
This may be looking too far into it, but could Russia be arming this dictator for their own purposes? It seems like a substantial amount of weaponry for a battle with Colombia. There is no doubt that both have a distaste for the United States of America. Hugo Chavez himself has said, “We must tell the world, down with the U.S. empire.” And then with Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, being an ex-head of the KGB just before the fall of the soviet union calling the shots, who knows what the real intentions of these two countries are really. Here lately Russia has been siding with our enemies around the world more often than not, and like the old saying goes, “actions speak louder than words.”
Just a few articles about Russia siding with U.S. enemies (sometimes they side with the U.S. then turn around and do the opposite, like not wanting to impose further sanctions):
The Geneva talks, also being called the P5 plus 1, were supposed to put a halt to any unauthorized enrichment of uranium. President Obama was telling the media that he would impose tougher sanctions if Iran did not cooperate and would demand that inspections of the previously undisclosed nuclear facility near Qom to be within 2 weeks. Before the talks, Obama stated, “We’re committed to serious and meaningful engagement, but we’re not interested in talking for the sake of talking. If Iran does not take steps in the near future to live up to its obligations, then the United States will not continue to negotiate indefinitely. And we are prepared to move towards increased pressure.”
One would take President Obama’s remarks as a warning to Iran that they must live up to the obligations set by previous UN agreements and to cooperate with the proposals in the Geneva talks. But that is not what happened. Obama’s administration spokesman, on the next day, took back the two week deadline and said there was no “hard and fast deadline,” and “we don’t have like a drop-dead date.” Which is just what the so-called UN Security Council decided on, giving Iran a date of October the 25th for the inspections to begin. This is plenty of time for them to “clean up” any suspicious activity in the hidden facility.
The supposed “deal” that was concluded from the Geneva talks was to send approximately one nuclear-weapon’s worth of Iran’s low enriched uranium (LEU) to Russia for enrichment to 19.75% and fabrication into fuel rods for Tehran’s research reactor. But an unnamed Iranian official said that this deal “is just based on principles. We have not agreed on any amount or any numbers.” Even if it is, this is undermining the UN’s Resolution 1696 which required Iran to “suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development.”
So Iran has already, numerous times, broken sanction resolutions and yet they find it okay to help them enrich the Uranium in Russia bringing it to just under the 20% definition of weapons-grade? The Obama administration is trying to say that after the uranium is fashioned into fuel rods that it cannot be enriched any further. But this is a lie, this is making it easier for Iran to make a nuclear weapon. As stated online in the Wall Street Journal:
“The 19.75% enriched uranium could be reconverted into uranium hexafluoride gas and quickly enriched to 90%. Iran could also “burn” its uranium fuel (including the Russian LEU available for the Bushehr reactor) and then chemically extract plutonium from the spent fuel to produce nuclear weapons.”
This is clearly not the direction that we were hoping the Geneva talks would be headed. But as we have seen repeatedly in the past 10 months, Obama cowtows to the foreign leaders and lets Iran leave the talks with a victory that will inevitably come back to haunt us. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is even boasting to the Iranian people that he has won without war and without sanctions. The bottom line is that the UN asked Iran not to enrich uranium and Obama and the UN Security Council has just given Iran the green light to go ahead an do it anyways even in light of the recent reveal of Iran having plans to build WMD and Russian scientists assisting with the program.