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Be a Man! Hugo Chavez!
Posted By Ray Walser On February 24, 2010 @ 1:00 pm In International | Comments Disabled
The buzz in Latin America was the February 22 shout-fest in Cancun, Mexico  between Colombia’s pro-American leader Alvaro Uribe and Venezuela’s populist, anti-American president Hugo Chavez. The showdown erupted during a private luncheon for Latin American and Caribbean presidents gathered to discuss [without the U.S. or Canada present] a framework for Latin American unity and an “alternative mechanism” to the ailing Organization of American States.
According to well-placed leaks, the showdown began when President Uribe raised the topic of Venezuela’s commercial blockade of Colombia, imposed after Colombia signed a defense accord with the U.S. Uribe compared Venezuela’s actions to U.S. trade restrictions on Cuba.
Chavez responded with a paranoid tirade claiming Uribe was behind assassination plots against him and rose to leave.
At this point Uribe retorted: Be a man ! These issues are meant to be discussed in these forums. You’re brave speaking at a distance, but a coward when it comes to talking face to face.
Chavez responded: Go to hell!
The less-than-diplomatic outburst recalled the 2007 Ibero-American Summit when Spain King Juan Carlos told Chavez to “shut up” .
The confrontation appears to have galvanized the leaders to press for a fresh attempt to mediate the dispute.
Uribe’s readiness to resist Chavez’s terrorism , cooperate fully with the U.S. in the fight against the drug trade , and push for the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement  show why he is popular in Colombia, widely respected abroad, and frequently maligned by his enemies..
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.foundry.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/chavez_081103.jpg
 shout-fest in Cancun, Mexico: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/02/22/colombia.venezuela.summit/
 Be a man: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8529859.stm
 Chavez to “shut up”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Kzbo7tNLg
 Chavez’s terrorism: http://s3.amazonaws.com/thf_media/2010/pdf/bg_2362.pdf
 U.S. in the fight against the drug trade: http://www.heritage.org/Research/LatinAmerica/upload/wm_2592.pdf
 U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement: http://www.heritage.org/Research/TradeandForeignAid/upload/bg_2129.pdf
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