Now, Chavez did follow up what he said with "If you want peace, prepare for war," [*see below] so I can understand what God-given hair (ahem...) is on about and to that end the authorities will be monitoring and reviewing all past and current programming to check that the words weren't manipulated by being used out of context as clearly the context of preparing for war is simply a 'deterrent' phrase, (yes it is, honest) aimed at Bogota and Washington re U.S. troops using Colombian military bases. Needless to say Hugo has called Uribe both mafioso and a traitor for allowing this and believes that rather than being aimed at counter-narcotics offensives the Evil Empire is there to invade Venezuela.
Los medios de comunicación que "manipulen" las últimas declaraciones del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez, en las que llamó a sus compatriotas a prepararse "para la guerra", serán sancionados, informó este viernes el director de la Comisión de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel), Diosdado Cabello.
The media that "manipulate" the latest statements of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, in which he called on his countrymen to prepare "for war" will be punished, said Diosdado Cabello, the head of the Telecommunications Commission (Conatel), on Friday.
Chavez made these statements during last week's Alo Presidente! but two days later he denied that his intention was to provoke armed conflict with Colombia although not surprisingly this and other actions belie these words: on Friday he insisted he was "not calling for any war,"...merely a call to "prepare for battle to defend the holy land of Venezuela" against possible aggression from the United States from Colombia. Well, I guess everyone will make their own minds up. Many already believe that all the fuss is just another way of creating a smokescreen for the Venezuelan government's mounting inefficiencies and also to weaken the local governments of Táchira and Zulia states both on the border with Colombia and both with govenors in opposition to Chavez.
*Si vis pacem, para bellum: "If you wish for peace, prepare for war", originally from Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum by the Roman military writer Vegetius but has been paraphrased more than a few times throughout history. Perhaps Chavez should state clearly what Andrew Carnegie said only seven years before the outbreak of WWI:
"These vast armaments on land and water are being defended as a means, not to wage war, but to prevent war.... there is a safer way ... it requires only the consent and the good-will of the governments. Today they say .... If you want peace, prepare for war. This Congress says in behalf of the people: Si vis pacem, para pactum: if you want peace, agree to keep the peace [Wiki]
Update 9pm (Spain): Well more of the same. The US government are the champions of cynicism, Obama should give back the Nobel peace prize because he sending more troops to Afghanistan and Pakistan, in Iran they are still killing women and children; supporting the coup in Honduras and that Venezuela would continue preparing for war because Colombia and the USA were warmongers. The Obama government look butt naked covering themselves with a fig-leaf, covering the truth (about the US military presence being in the fight against the drug gangs and guerillas) and he doesn't need or want anybody's (Spain, Brazil,...the Vatican!) help mediating. Normal day at the office really.