Can’t help but find it strange that the US Embassy in Caracas issued late Wenesday a statement in which they condemn any possible attempt either violent or illegal which would endanger democracy in Venezuela. The statement says that the diplomatic representative is gravely concerned about intense rumors about a possible violent action to solve the current political crisis.
What makes the statement strange is that while things are indeed tense in Venezuela, there is no sense of an impending resolution to the problems like there was a few months ago. I do believe that things are slowly building up again to a strong confrontation, but obviously US intelligence must know something I don’t know, given the timing of the statement. Interestingly enough, local newspaper Tal Cual, carried today an editorial against the possibility of a military coup. I found the timing of the article strange, but maybe the two go together.
On a lighter note the same newspaper carried on page 6 a note on Solomon Babu of Trinidad, a witchdoctor, according to whom there will be two coups in the world soon, one in Pakistan and the other in Venezuela. Mr. Babu (or is it Mr. Salomon) says that Chavez will be replaced by another parachutist. Curiously, in Venezuela parachutist (or paracaidista) is the word used for those that achieve positions without having the merits or qualifications to occupy them. I guess it would apply rather well to both Mr. Chavez and Babu’s predicted President.