Chavez Threatens US with Vietnam Scenario in Libya

World | March 14, 2011, Monday // 08:33| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Chavez Threatens US with Vietnam Scenario in Libya Photo by EPA/BGNES

The USA could face a Vietnam-style quagmire should they take up military strikes against Libya, warned Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

"If the Yankees attack Libya, they will face a new Vietnam, and oil prices will get to USD 200 per barrel," said Chavez on Venezuelan national TV.

The President admitted that presently there is a civil war going on in Libya, but stated that nevertheless no state has the right to attack another sovereign state.

He reiterated his call to the international community to create a negotiating mission for the peaceful resolution of the bloody conflict between Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the opposition.

Chavez is seen as having maintained especially close ties with Gaddafi. When protests against the Libyan leader turned violent, the Venezuelan President offered to act as an intermediary between the warring parties.

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