As I look at the effects of decades of communist rule in Bratislava, I can’t help but wonder what the results of years of the Chavista will be in our battered country. Hopefully our music will not become as sad as the Slovakian folk songs I have heard (above) nor our look as drab.
But I am not here for political enlightenment, but to disconnect, a task which is made harder by the earth deciding to shake so hard that I get phone calls at 5 AM from Caracas that scare the hell out of me, but were somewhat aimed at getting some comfort . Which I give, but I have no basis for, as the fault that produced Monday’s tremors had been dormant for quite a while and while never responsible for a big quake, it could unsettle more “traditional” faults in the North. But tell that t the revolution as the newly minted Minister of Science and Technology Jesse Chacon, recycled through many Cabinet positions, uses the opportunity to cal the people with information gathered from who knows whom and says that having a tremor stronger than the 5.4 on Monday would be a one thousand year phenomenon and the aftershocks are “natural”.
An irresponsible statement, as unjustified as Mr. Chacon being Minister of Science. Because Caracas is surrounded by faults known to induce a 6-plus earthquake every sixty years on average, which would destroy Mr. Chacon’s statistics easily, Of Course, Chacon is likely to be crossing his fingers as he makes these outrageous statements, hoping that he will never have to justify his mistake. And even if he were shown to be wrong, it would not be a problem as the revolution would find a way to blame the opposition, God or whomever, but never the process itself.
We are after all reassured that the country has the most modern equipment to monitor the tremors, but that is all that can be done, monitor after the fact, and even in that US geophysical services were faster and more precise to tell us where and what happened in the early hours of Monday.
And I also stay connected because my infamous Bolivar credit card stopped working this weekend, a fact communicated to me by many friends. I can’t complain about a system that I abhor, but I don’t suffer much from it, I do have other credit cards to complete my trip with. But how many Venezuelans were left out there stranded by the irresponsible policies of CADIVI? They travelled believing that they had a precise amount of money to use, but were cut dry in the middle. Whether fair or unfair is not the question. The question is whether any system should have such a random and chaotic factor associated with it. Of course, most that travel are the rabid anti-Chavistas, so why bother at all in any case.
And I also hear that in a country where confrontation between the Government and unions is on the rise after a repressive may 1st. celebration, a high ranking Toyota union leader was killed today. Another mystery never to be solved by a Government that intimidates its enemies and never is capable in finding out who the intimidators were.
And thus, even as I disconnect, the ties remain, the links are there, the never ending presence of a fake revolution that never lets you sleep in peace even if you are in Bratislava.