Archive for April, 2005

The McCarthyst list exists by Teodoro Petkoff

April 18, 2005


The McCarthyst list exists by Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual

The President, from the Guayana
region, ordered Governors, Mayors and Ministers to “file and bury Tascon’s list”,
that McCarthyist piece that makes these revolutionaries relatives of that North
American Senator that unleashed a “witch hunt” in his country in the 50’s.

Chavez says that “that moment is
left behind” that “the famous list surely fulfilled an important role at a
certain time, but that is past”. The President told us that he had received
letters that “make me think that still in some spaces they have Tascňn’s list
on the table to determine whether a person will or not work”

“A confesión de partes, relevo de
pruebas” (When people confess, you need no proof) Mr. Prosecutor, can you, with
the diligence that is customary in you, begin to act? It is only a matter of guaranteeing
the respect of the rights and constitutional guarantees, like the Constitution
says. The
shamelessness of the “process”
has no parallel. The President of the country himself, the highest functionary
in the nation, the number one public servant, admits-without blushing or shame-
that in his “revolution” a list of
political preferences is used to give or take jobs away. And that before-and this
is perhaps worse- it had full justification: “It filled an important role”, to
say it with his own words.

What was that role, Mr. President?
To scare, to threaten, to coerce those that were on the list so that, for
example, they would not exercise their right to vote against you? What other
role could it have been?

You see, Mr. Prosecutor, there is material.
And if you are lacking it, look again at the “bicha” (Constitution)

You don’t even have to read it all

In article 3, so that I don’t have
to go far, it reads: “the State has as its essential end the defense, and the development
of the person and the respect for his dignity, the democratic exercise of
popular will, the building of a just society which is peace loving, the
promotion of prosperity and well being of the people and the guarantee of fulfilling
the principles rights and obligations recognized and consecrated in this
Constitution”.

But the height of cynicism is that
of Deputy Adolfo Tascon, that outstanding student of Jose Vicente Rangel.

“My intention was never to
persecute anyone. That is not revolutionary behavior, that is fascist behavior”,
says Little Adolph. And he adds that he withdrew his masterpiece-the list- from
his webpage, once the recall vote was over.

That is, once it “fulfilled an important
role”


What is clear is the existence of the
list and its use-cowardly, lowly, illegitimate-it is a crime and the state is obligated
to correct what happened during that period that began before August 2004 and it
only admitted publicly recently via the President of the Bolivarian Republic of
Venezuela himself and by Adolfo Tascon

If the Prosecutor- and his buddies
of the Citizens Power, that is Mundarain and Clodosvaldo- need something more
to act, it should be sufficient that they jump to Article 21, paragraph 2: “
Will
adopt positive measures in favor of groups that may be discriminated,
segregated or vulnerable, will specially protect those persons that for one of
the reasons specified before, will find itself in manifest weakness and WILL
SANCTION the abuses and mistreatment that is committed against them”

You can Mr. Prosecutor, you only need the will.

This story will continue.

A true enemy by Ibsen Martinez (or The Devil’s Excrement revisited)

April 18, 2005


This is a
somewhat long article in today’s El Nacional (page A-9), since it is quite
interesting and goes right to the spirit and origin of the title of this blog
and most people don’t have access to El Nacional, I thought it was worth translating.


A true enemy by Ibsen
Martinez (My subtitle: The Devil’s Excrement revisited)

What the hell
does oil have that it poisons? This is the question that many Venezuelans,
Indonesians, Nigerians Algerians, Mexicans and Iranians born in the XXth. century
have asked themselves at some point, without finding an answer.

“No, don’t
devote yourself to study OPEC” said Juan Pablo Perez Alfonzo (The Venezuelan
lawyer considered to be the “father” of the cartel of producers), to the
US researcher that interviewed him one
day in the seventies. “Opec is a boring matter-he added- You should study
preferably what oil does to
Venezuela; what it is doing with all of us”

The fierce
paradox of the petrostate-archetypical of the rich country, according to modern
imagination-lies in its inability to deal with the turbulences that windfalls
bring win time, and in their propensity to flog its citizens with all sorts of
misfortunes. The most painful and ironic of all of them being extreme poverty.

Judging
from the fruits of her labor, Terry Lynn Karl, fruitfully followed the advice
by the father of OPEC. In 1997, the
University of California at Berkeley published her book “The paradox of plenty: Oil booms
and petro-states
”. (Not available yet in Spanish). This book can be
read as a physiology of the petroleum state, understanding the latter, as a
very special case of the mining states.

In a little
cited chapter of The Wealth of Nations,
Adam Smith called attention for the first time, about the specific differences that
make mineral wealth a class of wealth in itself. What Karl has found,
throughout research carried out over a decade shows additionally, how
petro-states not only do not share the characteristics of mining states, nor
those of manufacturing or agricultural countries of the industrial or developed
world, whose products are not limited, nor are as “intensive” in capital, nor
are so dominated by external variables, as is the case with oil.

Petrostates
erected themselves, obviously, over what was there before the oil industry
appeared in those nations. In the majority of cases, the oil industry
encountered the same thing that, around 1911, was found in
Venezuela, a legacy of institutional weakness
and of extreme administrative laxity. It can be said, that at the beginning of
the XXth. Century, after almost a century of cruel internal wars, when the
first advanced parties of oil exploration arrived in our country, the modern
Venezuelan state had not begun to take shape. The oil industry gave it, in
great measure, its definite shape, whether good or bad.

The way in
which the states “earns its living-Karl tells us-is decisive in its patterns of
industrialization”. But, it almost never fails, that the way in which the state
collects its resources, creates incentives as well. Sometimes these can be unimaginable,
as they impose preferences on the Governments when it comes time to
“redistribute”. And with them, perverse restrictions are created to the
available policies to fight poverty, for example, or insure education and free
health care for the population.

In the case
of petrostates, everything that would be bad on its own, gets worse because the
way in which they “earn their living” is exposed, on top of that, to a
circumstance inherent to the nature of the oil business itself: the cycles, the
alternation of booms and the dry spells.

Since 1922,
Venezuela has gone through various booms. Prof. Karl analyzes
the two most recent ones, that of 1973, that followed the oil embargo decreed
by OPEC (?) and the one that followed in 1983. Today, many Venezuelans accept
that it was corruption, rampant in those years of the “Saudi Venezuela”, which was
the overwhelming cause for Hugo Chavez’ ascent to power.

Karl
focused her analysis on the performance of
Venezuela during the booms of 1973 and of
1983, to compare it with the other oil exporting countries subject to the same
pressures and temperatures that a boom in the price of oil can introduce in the
economic system of a petrostate.

Some of the
petrosates considered by Karl are members of OPEC, most of which arose from the
decolonization process that followed World War II, such as
Indonesia, Nigeria or Algeria. Others are Hispano-American, born
at the beginning of the XIXth. century like
Ecuador. Karl considers also the performance
of a non Arab Islamic nation, as is the case of
Iran. The result? Different countries,
different social and economic structures, different cultures and the same ills.
And the same inept answers with equally paradoxical effects of indebtness and
growing poverty.

Karl
discerns two “conducts” that petrostates follow in periods of windfall. One
pertains to the jurisdiction and authority of a petrostate, that all petrostates
that go thorugh a boom tend to expand their jurisdiction, to find new areas of
“competence” where they exert their action in deficient fashion. Or where they
refuse to move aside, as long as they can neutralize economic agents.

Their
rulers fall with frequency in a manic phase and come ask their citizens to give
them special powers to allow them to surround the historical inefficiencies of
the petrostate, in order to better confront the happy contingency of a boom.
Thanks to the windfall, we can now do everything; as a consequence, everything
must be done. Thus, there appears, without order or coordination, new competences,
new jurisdictions, new agencies.

Inside
those petrostates, those competences, jurisdictions and agencies fight bloody
battles for the control of the huge resources, battles which weaken even more
the institutional fabric and favor the concentration of powers, the legal
vacuum and last, but not least, corruption.

The announcement
of the reactivation of the economy by President Chavez immediately after his
victory in the recall referendum last August 15th, contemplated the
creation of a new state airline, and of various new ministries in charge of “social
programs”, one of which changed names and Minister in less than 48 hours. Car
sales have grown in surprising fashion, so have the sale of private airplanes
and the real state registry contains transactions for amounts unheard of in quite
a long time.

As to
poverty, between 2000 and 2003, without strident populism, nor a belligerent nationalism,
Chile reduced poverty in 1.8% to reach 18.8% (since 1990 it has gone down 50%),
while Venezuela is the country in Latin America where poverty is growing the
fastest and according to the Catholic University Andres Bello, there are today
two million more people in poverty than when Chavez was elected President. In
Venezuela, social policies limit themselves
to spending money with a clientist propagandistic criteria and huge
assistential inefficiency. All of this at the same time that PDVSA, the country’s
state company announced revenues of US$ 30 billion in 2004 alone.

Many
foresee in the current increase of conspicuous consumption in
Venezuela, the birth of a new caste of millionaire
contractors associated with public expenditure and reminiscent of the Saudi Venezuela
that followed the boom in prices in 1973. Is the so called “bolibourgeois”. The
“diplomacy of crude” inaugurated by
Venezuela in the English speaking Caribbean region during the times of all-powerful
Carlos Andres Perez is experiencing a resurgence. Lately, the demential
largesse of the Venezuelan Government is directed towards the Southern Cone and
it has taken it to buy Argentinean debt or finance a sub regional TV channel.

The other
conduct that a petrostate undergoing an oil boom displays, is to appeal to
international credit to avoid the conflicts that collecting taxes at a time of
a windfall entails. These bond issues of the country are backed by oil revenues
and are justified as operation with little risk “because we have oil for quite
a while”. It happened in
Venezuela in past booms and is happening again.

The book by
Prof. Karl ends with a comparative study between the performance of those countries
mentioned and that of a relatively poor European country, but one which is
institutionally mature, and that has been able to confront the discovery of a
sudden oil richness, without being catastrophically affected by it, like we Indonesians,
Nigerians, Algerians and Venezuelans have:
Norway.

The above
seems relevant when one thinks that despite the political cataclysm that
overcame
Venezuela in 1998, and despite the official rhetoric,
the populist petrostate, monstrously inept and monstrously corrupt that Chávez fought
only to inherit it, is still alive.

The
Venezuelan petrostate, unscathed in the middle of the boom we are undergoing –
the most sustained one of the last fifty years- with its sequel of wastefulness,
of subsidized ineptitude and of corruption is, perhaps more than yanqui imperialism,
the true threat and the true enemy of the Bolivarian “revolution”.

Chavez admits abuses, nothing will happen

April 17, 2005


Perhaps
nothing can represent more the state of illegality in our poor country that
Chavez’ request last Friday for the Tascon list to disappear. Here is the
President of a country asking his
followers
to “bury” a list that has been used to violate the civil and
human rights of Venezuelans who disagree with their political point of view.


For those
that may not know what I am talking about, a Deputy from Chavez’ MVR party,
Luis Tascon (Petkoff calls him Adolfo Tascon in Hitler’s memory!) placed the
database of all the 4 million people that signed for Chavez’ recall on his website (since removed). The list
became a standard to harass opposition people, from denying them a passport, a
job, all the way to firing them from a civil service position.


Chavez can
now say that the list “played an important role at a certain point in time” but
that is over. To me it means they used it to intimidate people, violate their
rights and screw them, but hey! We can forget about it now, we don’t need it,
we are going to build bridges to the opposition.

But what
about those that were fired? Those whose rights were violated? Those who were
denied the most essential services which they are entitled to by right? What
about that
silly Article 21 of the Constitution
that simply says:

“All
people are the same in front of the law”

Very
simple, no? “All people are the same” leaves no room for interpretation, but it
actually goes even further, just in case:

“1. Discriminations
based on race, sex, beliefs, social conditions or those that in general have as
their objective to nullify or reduce the recognition, enjoyment or exercise of
condition of equality, of the rights and freedom of a person, will not be
allowed”

Also very clear:
WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. But it goes even further than this:

“2.The law
will guarantee the judicial and administrative conditions so that equality
under the law becomes real and effective, will adopt positive measures in favor
of groups that may be discriminated, segregated or vulnerable, will specially
protect those persons that for one of the reasons specified before, will find itself
in manifest weakness and WILL SANCTION the abuses and mistreatment that is
committed against them”

Can it be
clearer than that? The LAW means the Attorney General or the People’s
Ombudsman, neither of which ahs opened their mouth to complain about these
abuses. Despite their constitutional mandate “to adopt positive measures”.

Moreover, there
should be SANCTIONS for these abuses and these should reach Deputy Tascon, the
fascist that placed the list on his page so that everyone could use it and gloated
then that he was distributing it in CD’s, so that everyone could identify (i.e.
discriminate) those that were in it. It should sanction those like the
President of FOGADE that fired people base on this list. In fact the list
became quite pervasive, even
in Academic institutions
the list was made publicly hierarchically so that people
would know who was against Chavez and who was not, at all levels at that Institution.

And as
Petkoff’s has been documenting so vividly with names and ID cards, the list has
been used for firings (More than 200 people in Fogade alone), hiring and contracting.

And Deputy
Adolfo Tascon puts on his best “pendejo” face and gloats that he removed the list
long ago from his site, saying that he told Chavez people were abusing it and
even has the audacity to say that the list should have been secret, something the
opposition, always complained about, when the signatures were being gathered,
but changed nothing.

In any
country with any resemblance of legality and decency, both the Attorney General
and the People’s Ombudsman, should have long ago introduced recourses in front
of the Court’s to stop the abuses. (People went to the People’s Ombudsman
office to denounce abuses and were told that they had more important things to
do) Neither did anything. Today, they have the open testimony of the President,
calling it the Tascon list, they should open procedures against Chavez who
allowed it to happen and against Tascon who did it. And they should call on all
of those that were affected to come forward.

Of course,
none of this will happen. They will both shut up in the best servile style that
has characterized them in the last four years. There will be no Justice, nor
decency. There is neither in this Government.

Some new blooms

April 17, 2005




The flower above is called Dendrobium Thyrsiflorum, a species from Asia (India, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and China). I still remember the firts time I saw one, like a beautiful chinese lantern hanging down. Moreover, that particular plant had like six lanterns. I had to find one! I bought one from a grower in a 2 inch pot and the plant grew fast and started flowering regularly. Then it started doing badly and I thought it would die. It had not flowered in like four years and is recovering very nicely. This year it has a total of five bunches. One already flowered, this one and three more will be flowering soon. Each flower is like one and one quarter inches and is shown blown up on the right.






On the left a Brazilian species, Cattleya Schilleriana. the lip is not as nice as it could be, but the flower is very well shaped. On the right an Oncidium hybrid, but I have no idea what it is.

Intensive course to hate gringos by Oscar Lucien

April 17, 2005

This article appeared in El Nacional on Friday and I thought it was
cute and we need humor once in a while to survive, so I translate it. I
am sure Alek will enjoy it.

Intensive
course to hate gringos by Oscar Lucien

Yesterday
I really got blasted celebrating my graduation as a hate lancer. I graduated
from the “Gringo go home” cooperative of the “Mision knee on the ground”. We
received an intensive course to hate gringos within the strategy of asymmetric
war mandated by the commander in chief, maximum leader of the process, to
confront and liquidate the marines that “dobleve” Bush is planning to send to
destroy the pretty revolution. .

Classes
are simple, but one leaves hoarse from shouting so much. Shouting, says the
captain-instructor, is the best way to express hate, our first weapon against
the invading gringos. Even though this squalid newspaper does not give me much
space, I will summarize some of the training sessions to stimulate other fellow
countrymen that want to become hate lancers or become part of the asymmetric
Bolivarian militias and can continue training, endogenously, on their own.

1.
The
course begins with readings on the Liberators’ wisdom. The captain says that the
Liberator was so lucid that he even imagined Bush’s invasion. We fill a
notebook with the phrase “The US seems destined by providence to fill Latin America with hunger and misery in the name of freedom”
and then we stand up in front of a microphone for a few minutes, babbling the
largest amount of hate possible

2.
Endogenous
use of bubble gum
. With some coupons that they give to us, we buy bags in the
cooperative filled with plenty of “Bazuka” gum at Mercal and we start
chewing to make huge balls of gum. We go out in a tour of lancers and we take
strategic positions, for example, in Valle Arriba, in the square in front of
the US Embassy, or at the exit of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter
Saints. We ride the bus with the previously identified gringos and when they
are going to sit down we place the ball on the seat. In this action, which is
apparently contradictory because it expresses hate, we truly have a ball.

3.
Practicing
giving Condoleezza what she deserves
. Some countrymen that are regenerating themselves
in jail, make real size dolls of that negrita that Chavez sent to Mision
Robinson. In groups of two, we put lancers in a dark room and we give the doll
what she deserves until it is destroyed. Female lancers get a picture of
Condoleezza. They stare at the picture and shout a number of times: “Alert! Alert!
Bolivar’s sword is walking around Latin America”
and they spit at the picture. Later they clean up the picture and save it
because they have to use it in more than one session.

4.
Firing
practice with Bush
. Since the Kalasnikov’s that the maximum leader bought from
his soul brother Putin have not arrived, we train with shotguns borrowed by our
fellow countrymen at the Yare jail. They place a picture of the invading leader
smiling, to get rid of the hate we have been accumulating. The lancers shoot
the picture, but Bush’s smile is made out of a special shielded material and we
get even more pissed. When we empty out
the ammo, although we also end up quite empty of energy, we have to shout
twenty times: “Bush! you shall not pass”

5.
Exam
with the academic committee
. The academic committee of our cooperative is a
civic-military one. That is, it is composed of the captain-instructor, two
lieutenants, four sergeants and the civilian that drives the Toyota for the captain and gets the coffees.
Every day they do a multiple choice test, but both male and female lancers are
obligated to pick answer C. I don’t recall all the questions, but some of them
were like this: 1) You are swimming at a beach and a gringo next to you starts
drowning and calling for help. You have to: a) Call the lifesaver b) Help him
out with a rope c) Shout at him “Dumb gringo why do you swim so deep if you can’t
swim. Then you walk along the shore and drink a beer. 2) You are piloting a
plane (imagine Chavez’ plane) and are carrying a Frenchman from Total, a
Spaniard from Repsol and a gringo from Chevron. There is a malfunction and
there are only two parachutes to be distributed among the passengers. Following
the instructions of the endogenous Bolivarian aeronautics a) give a parachute
to the Frenchman and another to the Spaniard b) You give one to the Spaniard
and the other to the Frenchman c) You give the gringo an icon of a saint.

Another thing we are taught is that gringos are stupid.
That is easy to cheat on them and that we should not allow them to cheat us,
because lancer that allows himself to be cheated by a gringo, will never be a
good cheater himself.

Mixing endogenous tactics and strategy what is important
is to surprise them. That is why, when one lancer crosses a gringo on the
street you have to say with a smile “Ay guan tu bi yor frien” and when he
replies “Mitu” the lancer hits his right fist against his left palm and shouts
at him: “Uh, ah Chavez no se va” (Uh, ah , Chavez is not leaving)

The only little problem with the course was when they
invited gringa Eva Golinger to promote her book Chavez’ code. Many lancers were
confused about why she was there and like a bunch of crazy wolves, wanted to
give her what she deserved in the middle of the class. Obviously the
anti-gringo course had had an effect. Despite hitting them repeatedly with the
butt of the rifles they could not stop that sparkling mass of hate until the
captain showed up, raised his briefcase and said they were going to make the
payment of the one hundred dollars that was due to all. The calm was heavenly.
While they distributed the dole, he clarified that there are gringos that on
top of that, are good people.


Hate lancer of the Ezequiel Zamora class Number Ak-47

The Revolutionary Local Narrow Web or censorship?

April 15, 2005

The President of the National Center for Informatic Technology has some
really scary statements in today’s El Nacional (page B20, by
subscription only). He starts by saying that he considers that the
freedom and lack of control of the Internet is also a source of
domination. He then gives as an example a porno site that differs in
only one letter from the Disney site, as a way of attracting visitors.

He then asks “Do we have control so that each family knows what is good
or bad about the Internet? There is no governability in the web… we
have no conscience of what we have in our hands”. He states that a
country that does not create the tools and barriers, loses sovereignty.
Thus, he says, they are creating a Venezuelan Internet, a network that
will strengthen national sovereignty. They are creating Internet
centers in the barrios, but these will have access only to web pages
made in Venezuela or, if they are foreign webpages, they have to be
hosted in a local network that will control what is published.

Thus, in the name of protecting the kids and sovereignty, these
revolutionary innovators are simply imposing censorship on an unknowing
Venezuelan population. I guess they will call it the Local Narrow Web.
I call it censorship.

What would Kim Il Sung call it? Your leader knows best?

The cult of Chavez lives!

April 14, 2005

Chavez says:
“To be rich is bad” and those that “have richness” should donate
them…do charity work with them”. But note the Lanvin suit in the
picture, one of the dozens of  fancy brand name suits he has not
precisely paid by him, and it is a pity that his hand is up like that,
otherwise you would see one of the many fancy watches, like Cartier,
Chavez now has. Why doesn’t he donate them? He did not even work for
them. Such is the cynicism of our esteemed leader.

Not bad for a poor rich kid from Sabaneta, Barinas. Of course he wants it all for him, nobody else.

And speaking of poor rich kids from Barinas with huge egos, now that
PDVSA “belongs” to the people, the ID tags that workers carry on their
chests has been changed to this one promoting the cult to the esteemed
leader:

It says” As a worker of the new PDVSA and convinced of the
revolutionary process the nation of Bolivar is undergoing, I carry with
pride on my chest a President compromised with social struggles”.
“Until victory forever”

Shades of Kim Il Sung…

The strange case of the Paraguayan Ambassador

April 14, 2005

In one of the strangest cases in a while the Amabassador from Paraguay was beaten up severely
as she left the mass held by the Government in memory of the Pope. The
Ambassador was simply leaving the mass, well dressed and apparently was
harrased by Chavista groups that hang around Bolivar square where the
cathedral is. She started walking towards her car (the area is a
boulevard, so she had to walk four blocks) and these guys actually
started beating her up as she tried to get in the car, leaving her face
as in the picture above.

The story gets even stranger at this
point, when the injured Ambassador was taken to the Foreign Ministry
building, which is right at Bolivar Square, where absoluetly nobody was
willing to help her out. As if this were not enough, in the note of
protest by the Paraguayan Foreign Minsitry, which was sent to all local
embassies and international organizations, it is claimed that the
Paraguayan Embassy, the Ambassador and her residence do not even have
one single security person, despite repeated requests by the Paraguayan
Government to the Venezuelan Government to provide it as it is
customarily done. The Chavez Government apologized and said those
guilty of the agression will be punished.

Was this a case of
mistaken oligarchic identity? Is there something more to the story? It
seems unlikely for the Ambassador to have said anything anti-Chavez,
given her position and nationality, which is what is always claimed
whenever someone is injured by the Chavistas that took over Bolivar
Square since about three years ago. To those not familiar with this,
Bolivar Square has become “Chavista territory”, people simply don’t go
there anymore for fear of being harrased. Of course, forget about even
opening your mouth against the Government there. And what does the
Government say or do? Absolutely nothing, such is the state of
lawlessness and the lack of democracy in this empty revolution.

Reporter Poleo sentenced to six months in jail

April 13, 2005

Reporter Patricia Poleo is sentenced to six months in jail
after she was found guilty of defamation of Minister of the Interior
and Justice Jesse Chacon. Chacon sued Poleo over her publication of a
picture of a soldier holding a gun over the dead body of a civilian at
the state’s TV channel.

Let’s examine the charges and the evidence:

Poleo published a picture of an armed soldier over a dead body the day of the November 1992 coup.

-Did Chacon participate in that November 1992 coup? YES

-Was Chacon present at the TV channel where the picture was taken? YES, he was part fo the attacking force.

-Was Chacon armed that day? YES, definitely.

-Did Chacon fire his gun that day at VTV, where innocent civilians were killed? Witnesses say YES!

-Did he kill anyone? Nobody knows, but we don’t know if the man in the picture killed anyone either.

So, the only thing you can accuse Poleo of is of misidentifying Chacon,
the rest is all true! So where is the act of defamation? Saying that
the picture is him, does not affect Chacon’s reputation (which is
what defamation is all about!), what damages his reputation is saying he
was there, he fired agaisnt innocent civilians and may have killed
them. But these are all true!

Of course, the Chavez administration just wants Poleo intimidated and jailed.

The enemy within: Chavez’ military folly continues

April 13, 2005

President Hugo Chavez continued playing the external enemy
threat card in his speeches, seeing ghosts everywhere in order to distract from
the failures of his Government. Like a modern poor version of Don Quijote, Chavez sees windmills everywhere. Besides the US
invasion, which he has focused on for the last few weeks, he started ranting
about the fact that NATO was using an invasion of Venezuela in its training exercises,
which
was quickly denied
by NATO itself. As if this was not enough, he also responded
to supposed statements
by Colombian President Uribe saying that unless Venezuela
changed, it would isolate itself. Chavez kept saying he would wait to reply to
see if the statements were true, but proceeded to answer to them anyway, not
once, not twice but three times. The Colombian Foreign Minister denied
that Uribe had even made reference to Venezuela
while in Japan, but the
damage to Venezuelan diplomacy was done as Chavez proceeded to say this is all
part of the US plot against Venezuela.

This is all of course a textbook strategy for autocratic
regimes: since personality cults, fear and propaganda can only carry you so
far, you need to create the external enemy in order to reinforce the support of
the loyalist and keep on your side those that are doubters because of the lack
of accomplishments and progress by the Government. These strategies have been
clearly posed by Sakharov and recently presented in clear form in Sharansky’s
“The case for democracy”
, a must read for anyone that believes in freedom,
democracy and human rights.

But Venezuela is becoming increasingly a militaristic
country, run by an autocrat who now controls all of the structures of the
state, including the military, who wants to merge the population with the Armed
Forces and who
finds
glory in the bloody days of the beginning of the Republic, who talks
about “the civic military unit, forming citizen soldiers and soldiers who are
citizens…people and soldier, soldier and people, you are the most sublime
expression of the civic-military fusion which today becomes the strongest
column of the Bolivarian Venezuela”. Who talks about sovereignty or death, who
calls traitors those who do not understand the meaning of the newly created
reserves. Yes, Venezuela enters deeper into the territory of Chavez’ folly
today, that project that may irreversibly ruin this country for decades to
come, whose only objective is to preserve this madman in power.

And the madman is equally surrounded by
Generals, who not only believe in reincarnation and support his folly, but cry openly when people applaud him because he is a
patriot or justify the existence of the newly created two million men
reserve by
comparing
Venezuela
to the State of Israel, “where every man is a soldier”. Meanwhile his Vice
President uses swear words
to say that Chavez is great because he sent “el
Imperio al carajo”, an empire who in 1998 decided not to pay attention to
Chavez and let him be, but that Chavez tries to awaken at every step with his
continuous rape of democracy, democratic institutions and justice, in this
unfortunate country.

Meanwhile the death of 19 Venezuelans is celebrated three
years later as a day of “dignity” as there is total impunity in the
investigation of these deaths, let alone the over one hundred people injured
that day. Sadly, of the 19 deaths, people are jailed for only two cases,
because they may involve the Metropolitan Police controlled at the time by an
opposition Mayor. The other 17 cases are not even being investigated, as the
Prosecutor, the same man in charge of enforcing the law in Venezuela openly
says the National Guard refuses to turn over evidence to his office, which
simply proves what a joke he has made of that office which has simply become
another servile unit of the revolution and Chavez’ autocratic power.

In the end it is Chavez that has become the external enemy to all Venezuelans.
Driven by the bearded Cuban fool, he tries to introduce values that violate our
nature and sovereignty. Venezuelans are not militaristic, they do not hate,
they admire the US, and they
don’t want the country to become another Cuba. They just want a better
tomorrow, which has been constantly denied to them in the last thirty years.
But Chavez, the enemy within, just has grandiose plans for himself, not for his
people, which in the end can only have a sad ending for our poor country.

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