Chimaras and Carreo by Teodoro Petkoff

April 26, 2007


Teodoro Petkoff was talking
the other day about the fact that he knew actor Yanis Chimaras, who at one time was a member of Petkoffs party Movimiento al Socislismo and who was killed
the other day in an apparent robbery. He was clearly quite offended by the
words of Minister of Interior and Justice Carreo, as shown in this Editorial
today.


Chimaras and Carreo
by
Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual

When you hear the
statements of Pedro Carreo, Minister, for now, of Interior and Justice, about
the beastly assassination of Yanis Chimaras, one can not but ask how long we
have to go before we touch the bottom of this ravine through which we have been
falling through in the last few years. Carreo said that it was suspicious the
coincided of this crime against Yanis and the one that took place a week
earlier against the leader of the motorcycle organization. Both, note Carreo,
were militants of the process, thus, always according to the sage Minister,
one could suspect that some sectors of the opposition could be behind both
murders.

This manipulation is pure
indecency.

As big as that of some of
the reporters of one of the TV channels of officialdom that
tried-unsuccessfully by the way- to get out of Lucy, Yanis wife, a statement
against RCTV. To use in such a crude, inhuman and clumsy way Yanis political
militancy, particularly in moments of so much sorrow for his family, colleagues
and friends, slating the case and insinuating, against all evidences, the
possibility of a political crime, which could be attributed generically to the
opposition (besides trying to use the unfortunate circumstance to attack
RCTV) happens to be a thru monstrosity, a total loss of the sense of
proportion.

From this tribune we want
to call to reflection the main actors of this outrageous behavior. The country
is sufficiently and unfortunately polarized so as to try to take advantage of
hurtful circumstances-in this case, the death of a dear and popular actor-which
generate unanimous reactions of affliction and solidarity among Venezuelans and
artificially accentuate with it, the political differences, powering hate among
fellow countrymen. We know well that in this matter nobody should throw the
first stone, but the responsibility of people in Government in trying to
prevent that we reach aberrant levels of dividing victims of tragedies between
our dead and the others, is much larger than that of any other sector

A Minister has no right to
speak the way in which Pedro Carreo did.

When a society reaches the
point of being indifferent in the face of these conducts it is because the
deaths of the others, specially the tragic an unexpected ones, have been
trivialized in such a way that they can be employed, with a shrug of the
shoulders, as a threatening weapon against those that think differently. The
political evolution of the country cannot be rules by the premise that in this
terrain anything is valid. Not everything can be valid, no matter how rough
that political controversy in itself may be. Even for war there are conditions
established by the Geneva Convention; not even in war everything is valid. In
politics, even with more reason, there are limits that should never breached
because of the danger that, as Mahatma Gandhi said, with an everyday policy of
an eye for an eye, one day we will all be blind.

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