President Hugo Chavez says that Washington does not dare to list Venezuela as one of the countries allegedly supporting terrorism.
Republican lawmakers including Reps. Connie Mack and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have urged the State Department to add Venezuela to the list of terror sponsors.
In a Friday televised speech, Chavez said the threat to label Venezuela as a ‘terror sponsor’ is yet another politically motivated attempt to undermine the regional success of Caracas.
“Let them make that list and shove it in their pocket, we shouldn’t forget for an instant that we’re in a battle against North American imperialism. On this continent, they have us as enemy No. 1,” said Chavez.
The heated comments come as Ecuadorian leader Rafael Correa hammered US President George W. Bush for supporting Columbia’s assault on Ecuador.
“Bring your soldiers Mr. Bush. Let it be your soldiers who die along the southern border with Colombia. We’ll see if the Americans, the citizens of the United States will accept tremendous atrocity,” said Correa.
“If not, shut your mouth and understand what is happening in Latin America,” he concluded.