Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Killing two birds with one stone 

A little over a week ago the Venezuelan government threw out the “New Tribes” missionaries who they accused of being agents of the U.S. government, violating Venezuelan immigration laws, and trafficking in stolen minerals. I don’t know how much of that was substantiated but such were the accusations.

Today we found out that Chavez killed two birds with one stone. The Mormons have packed up their U.S. missionaries and left. And while I don’t know about the “New Tribe” ties to the U.S. government the Mormons are indeed well known for having a significant portion of their young missionaries wind up going into intelligence and military work due to their foreign language skills and detailed knowledge of their host country. So while the Mormons leaving Venezuela today doesn’t do much to affect U.S. intelligence capabilities against Venezuela it can help to dry up the pipeline of future spies. Was it intended that this happen? I don’t know. But at the very least it certainly is a very nice little side benefit to the New Tribes expulsion.


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