Uribe: Chávez supports “genocide”

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe upped the rhetorical ante against Venezuela March 4, accusing Hugo Chávez of supporting “genocide” and threatening to bring charges against him at The Hague. “Colombia proposes to denounce Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, in the International Criminal Court for sponsoring and financing genocide,” Uribe said. “We are not warmongers, but we are not weak. We cannot allow terrorists who seek refuge in other countries to spill the blood of our countrymen.” (Reuters, March 4)

As we’ve asked before, why does everybody feel the need to throw the word “genocide” around like a manhole cover?

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