[The Guardian's Latin America correspondent, Rory Carroll, reports on a speech given by President Hugo Chávez to members of Venezuela's armed forces in which he told them to prepare for a guerrilla war against the United States, saying there must be a strategy to defeat the superpower if it invades. --Ed]
Be ready for guerrilla war against the US, Chávez tells army
· Venezuelan forces told to prepare for invasion
· Speech before trip to conclude air defence deal
By Rory Carroll - The Guardian
Tuesday June 26, 2007
President Hugo Chávez has ordered Venezuela's armed forces to prepare for a guerrilla war against the United States, saying there must be a strategy to defeat the superpower if it invades.
He said Washington had already launched a non-military campaign using economic, psychological and political means to topple his socialist government and seize control of Venezuela's vast oil reserves.
"We must continue developing the resistance war, that's the anti-imperialist weapon. We must think and prepare for the resistance war every day," the president told hundreds of soldiers assembled at Tiuna Fort, a military base in the capital Caracas, on Sunday.
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